Sam Crawford (pitcher)

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

Samuel "Sam" Crawford (born 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]

Crawford left Wilkinson's teams in February 1924 to manage the Birmingham Black Barons.[6]

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 says had a knife.[7]


  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. ^ "MID-WINTER BASEBALL; CHAT OF PLAYERS" Kansas City Sun, Kansas City, Missouri, written by Kansas City Monarchs Secretary Quincy Jardin Gilmore, February 2, 1924
  7. ^ Black Baseball and Chicago by Leslie A. Heaphy p. 59

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