MISSION VIEJO in California. He was 91.
He had Parkinson’s disease and died Wednesday in Mission Viejo, California, surrounded by his family, said son Bill Crandall.
“Dad was a modest man,” Bill Crandall said. “He was just a good man, a good example of what a man should be.” He treated everyone fairly. He didn’t take his celebrity seriously at all. “
Crandall was one of the best defensive traps in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a member of the 1957 Braves World Championship team and also of the 1958 World Series lost team. According to the American Baseball Research Society, Crandall was the last surviving member of the Boston Braves.
He was a four-time winner of the Golden Glove, defending 11 star games in eight seasons. He played in each of the two stellar games that took place during the 1959, 1960 and 1962 seasons.
Crandall played for the Boston Braves (1949-50), the Milwaukee Braves (1953-63), the San Francisco Giants (1964), the Pittsburgh Pirates (1965) and the Cleveland Indians (1966). In the years 1951-52 he did not play for military service.
He had a career batting average of 0.254 with 179 homes and 657 RBI. Four times he led all NL traps in the percentage of catches, and in five seasons he fired the most potential thieves of the bases of any NL catcher. He was also behind a plate of two excellent Braves pitchers in Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette.
After his playing career, Crandall led the Brewers from 1972-75 and the Mariners from 1983-84. He published a record of 271-338 at Milwaukee and a mark of 93-131 at Seattle.
Crandall ran Brewers when Hall of Fame Robin Yount began his MLB career in 1974 at the age of 18.
“Fortunately, he saw enough potential in a brutal 18-year-old to give me a chance,” Yount said in his introductory speech to the Hall of Fame. “I’m grateful for that.”