Sam Crawford (pitcher)

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Sam Crawford
Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1892-04-15)April 15, 1892
Dallas, Texas
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Samuel Crawford (April 15, 1892 – date of death unknown) was an American pitcher and manager in baseball's Negro leagues.

Born in Dallas, Texas, he played in the pre-Negro leagues for the Chicago American Giants off and on from 1914 to 1917, and became a pitcher and eventually manager of the Kansas City Monarchs[3] and J. L. Wilkinson's barnstorming farm-league team All Nations in 1923.[4] He was known for combining a strong fastball with a knuckleball.[6]

Crawford left Wilkinson's teams in February 1924 to manage the Birmingham Black Barons.[7]

Post-playing career[edit]

Crawford opened up a news stand, after he left baseball, and made the news in 1955 after he was involved in a shooting. He allegedly shot and killed Pete William DeGraw, telling police that DeGraw came at him in a threatening fashion. Crawford fired shots at DeGraw's friend, who Crawford said had a knife.[6]


  1. ^ "American Giants Win Fourth Straight Game" Indianapolis Freeman, Saturday, May 23, 1914, Page 4, Column 4 and 5
  2. ^ "HILLDALE WINS FINAL" Philadelphia Inquirer, August 8, 1919, Page 14
  3. ^ a b "Monarchs will play K. of C. this Afternoon", Kansas City Journal, Kansas City, MO, April 25, 1920
  4. ^ a b "SPENCER'S BALL TEAM STILL GOING STRONG" Spencer Reporter, Spencer, Iowa, Wednesday, August 15, 1923, Page 1, Columns 1 and 2
  5. ^ "MONARCHS TAKE FULL SERIES FROM BIRMINGHAM BLACK BARONS", Kansas City Advocate, Kansas City, KS, Page 1
  6. ^ a b Black Baseball and Chicago by Leslie A. Heaphy p. 59
  7. ^ "MID-WINTER BASEBALL; CHAT OF PLAYERS" Kansas City Sun, Kansas City, Missouri, written by Kansas City Monarchs Secretary Quincy Jardin Gilmore, February 2, 1924

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