Tuesday, April 5, 2016
no. 519 - willie crawford
Who is the man: After finally receiving some decent playing time in 1969 and being able to exhibit some of his enormous talent, Willie Crawford regressed a bit in 1970, batting just .234 in 109 games.
Can ya dig it: One of my favorite Dodger cards in the set. With palm tree and batting cage in the background, a helmet-wearing Crawford sizes up the photographer and takes a lazy swing.
Right on: I can confirm by the number 27 on Crawford's bat handle that it is indeed his bat.
You see that cat Crawford is a bad mother: Crawford hit a home run in the World Series in 1974, a ninth-inning shot against Oakland closer Rollie Fingers to pull the Dodgers within 3-2 as the leadoff hitter in the inning. The next hitter reached on an error, but then Ron Cey struck out and Bill Russell hit into a double play to end the rally and Game 3.
Shut your mouth: The Dodgers compared a young Crawford to Roberto Clemente and Tommy Davis, while the A's compared him to Willie Mays and Willie Davis.
No one understands him but his woman: Crawford died at 57 from kidney disease. He had a drinking problem when his career ended and found out in treatment that he was harboring anger for always being platooned and rarely getting a chance to start.
(A word about the back): Wow, that's quite a smile, Mr. Crawford.