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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Former skipper Del Crandall dies at 91

Former catcher and manager Del Crandall—who was the last living Boston Braves player and an 11-time National League All-Star after that franchise moved to Milwaukee, and who as Milwaukee Brewers manager in 1974 installed an 18-year-old Robin Yount at shortstop on Opening Day—has died. He was 91.

Crandall played parts of 16 seasons with the Braves, Giants, Pirates and Indians from 1949-66, with a two-year absence in the early 1950s, when Crandall served in the U.S. Army. He hit at least 15 home runs in eight seasons, won four Gold Glove Awards, and developed a reputation as one of the most savvy catchers in the game before continuing his career as a manager in the Minor Leagues and later in the Majors with the Brewers (1972-75) and Mariners (1983-84).

Crandall passed away at home in Southern California on Wednesday afternoon after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and a series of strokes, his son, Jeff, wrote on Facebook.

“He was an amazing husband, father and leader,” Jeff Crandall said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2021 at 02:44 PM | 8 comment(s)
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