Del Crandall, an 11x All-Star catcher who won 4 Gold Glove awards, and who was the starting catcher for the 1957 WS Champion Milwaukee Braves, passed away two days ago at the age of 91.
Crandall caught for the Boston Braves in 1949 and 1950, then lost two seasons due to military service. He came back to the Braves, now in Milwaukee, and was with them from 1953 to 1963. He played for the Giants in 1964, Pirates in 1965 and ended his career with the Indians in 1966.
He was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year Award in 1949.
He got MVP consideration 7x, including a 10th place finish in 1958, when the Braves won the NL pennant. He hit .272-18-63 that year. OPS+ 119.
In the WS Title year of 1957, he hit .253-15-46, OPS+ 97.
He hit 20 or more HR 3x.
In 13 WS games, Crandall hit .227 with 2 HR, 4 RBI.
He is ranked the 40th best C of all-time on the baseball-reference site.
His 162 game average was .254-18-68, but of course catchers don’t catch all 162. OPS+ 96. A catcher with some pop.
From 1953-1960 he averaged 130 games a year, .259-19-60, OPS+ 105.
He managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 1972 to 1975, and when he was fired, one of his players was his long-time ex-teammate, Henry Aaron.
He also managed Seattle in 1983 and 1984.
His managerial record was 364-469, winning percentage .437, which equates to a 162 game season of 71-91.