Baseball player, Sam Crawford, Detroit Tigers outfielder, standing outdoors Rare 1905 Photo CREATED/PUBLISHED
Half-length portrait of Sam Crawford, outfielder for the American League Detroit Tigers, looking to his left and standing outdoors in Chicago, Illinois.NOTES This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper. SDN-003089, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
Sam Crawford Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sam Crawford is ranked as one of the greatest athletics playing in the dead ball era. Nicknamed 'Wahoo Sam', he lined 2964 hits including 458 doubles and 312 triples. In 1901, Crawford led the National League in homers with 16 and in 1916 led the American League with a mere seven home runs. His excellent range as a centerfielder along with a powerful arm, and a .309 lifetime batting mark, along with 367 stolen bases put Crawford into the 'Hall of Fame'. Playing for Cincinnati in 1902, 'Wahoo Sam' hit .333 and lined a league leading 22 triples.
In fact, Sam Crawford holds the still standing major league record of 309 lifetime triples. He reached double figures in triples in 17 consecutive seasons and led his league in triples in six different seasons. He also led the league in RBI's in three different years. Sam Crawford played a big role in leading the Tigers to three straight pennants, 1907-1909, but the Tigers were never able to win the world series. Here's a quote from an old 'Sporting News Article', 'Tales of Sam's slugging prowess are endless. When 'League Park' was built in Cleveland, a 45-foot- high screen was erected atop the right field wall as a deterrent to Crawford's clouts. Sam paid little heed. He simply lofted drives over the screen". baseballhistorian.com