Baseball player, Lou Creiger, Boston Red Sox , batting in game against Chicago White Sox 1905 Photo SUMMARY
Full-length portrait of Lou Creiger, catcher, American League Boston Red Sox, batting during a game at South Side Park which was located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois. Spectators sitting in the grandstand are visible in the background.NOTES
This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper. SDN-003446, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
Lou Criger, Indians, Cardinals, Red Sox, Browns, Yankees Catcher RH - although he batted only .221 lifetime from 1896 thru 1912, Criger was legendary pitcher Cy Young's battery-mate and Ty Cobb's arch-rival. Criger caught most of Young's 511 record major league wins and historians ranked him as one of baseball's best defensive backstop of all-time. He ranks third in history in career assists per/game, behind Bill Bergen and Duke Farrell, and is also third in lifetime fielding runs trailing only Jim Hegan and Bill Killefer.
Batting-wise his best season was 1900 with the St Louis Cardinals when he hit .271, 8 doubles, 6 triples, 2 home runs, and 38 RBIs in 80 games, 288 at-bats. When Cy Young jumped to the newly formed American League he took Criger with him to the Boston Red Sox in 1901. They helped the Red Sox win the 1903 World Series, when Young won three games and Criger drove in 4 runs in a then - eight game Series. Cleveland 1896-1898; St. Louis (NL) 1899-1900; Boston (AL) 1901-1908; St. Louis Browns 1909, 1912; NY Yankees 1910.