Mike Kreevich

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Mike Kreevich
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Center fielder
Born: (1908-06-10)June 10, 1908
Mount Olive, Illinois
Died: April 25, 1994(1994-04-25) (aged 85)
Pana, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1931, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1945, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .283
Home runs 45
Runs batted in 514
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Michael Andreas "Mike" Kreevich (/ˈkrvɪ/; June 10, 1908 – April 25, 1994) was an American Major League Baseball player who was primarily an outfielder during the 1930s and 1940s. He was born in Mount Olive, Illinois, and batted and threw right-handed.

Early life[edit]

Kreevich started working in the coal mines in late 1924 at the age of 16. Although short of stature (five feet and seven and a half inches tall), he developed a muscular physique while coal mining for almost five years. With the Great Depression, the coal mines closed in 1930. It was about this time that he was invited to play for a team in McCook, Nebraska. Kreevich soon went from that small town team to the National League's Chicago Cubs, thanks to a scout who recognized the talent in him.

Career[edit]

Kreevich began his career in 1931 with the Chicago Cubs, but only played five games for them. In 1935, he joined the cross-town Chicago White Sox, but did not become a regular until 1936. In 1937 he led the American League in triples and sacrifice flies while batting .302, and finishing 10th in the American League MVP Award voting. In 1939 he again finished 10th in the American League MVP Award voting, while batting .323. He was also named to the American League All-Star team in 1938.

After the 1941 season, Kreevich was traded to the Philadelphia Athletics. He was released after only one season, and signed with the St. Louis Browns before the 1943 campaign. While with the Browns he played in the all-St. Louis 1944 World Series against the Cardinals. In the middle of the 1945 season, he was purchased by the Washington Senators; he finished his career after that season in the nation's capital.

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