This date in Kernels alumni history – October 25, 1911 – Doc Crandall
On October 25, 1911, Doc Crandall (Cedar Rapids Bunnies– 1906-07) entered game five of the 1911 World Series as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh as the New York Giants trailed the Philadelphia Athletics 3-1. Crandall walked but was stranded on base as the next batter grounded out.
Crandall remained in the game and took the mound in the top of the eighth. He worked around a single in the eighth and an error in the top of the ninth without allowing a run to keep the Giants within striking distance. Crandall came to bat in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on third and two outs. He doubled to center off of Jack Coombs to drive in a run to close the gap to 3-2. Crandall then scored on a single by Josh Devore to tie the game, 3-3 and sent the game into extra innings. He worked around a single in the 10th inning and the Giants tallied a run in the bottom of the tenth to give Crandall the win. The Giants would lose game six and the series to the Athletics the next day. Crandall appeared in three straight World Series (1911-13), but never won a championship.
Doc Crandall finished his career with a 102-62 record with 25 saves and a 2.92 E.R.A while playing for the New York Giants, St. Louis Terriers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Braves. He was considered to be among the best relief specialists of the Deadball era. He led the National League in appearances each season between 1909 and 1913. Crandall hit .285 with 9 HR and 126 RBI filling in around the infield during his 10 season MLB career. He played for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League from 1917-1926 where he posted a 224-147 record with a 2.92 E.R.A while winning 20 games in a season four times.
Doc Crandall played for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies squads in 1906 and 1907. Crandall went 8-3 with a 3.60 E.R.A. and hit .242 in 11 games in 1906 as the Cedar Rapids Bunnies won the Three-I League Championship with a 79-43 record. He returned in 1907 and posted a 6-7 record with a 2.73 E.R.A. and hit .238 in 17 games as the Bunnies finished in fifth place with a 72-61 mark under Beldin Hill. Former Cedar Rapids Canary John McGraw (1891) selected Crandall in the 1907 draft.
1911 World Series Program