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Harry "Wildfire" Craft
Birth: Apr. 19, 1915
Ellisville
Jones County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Aug. 3, 1995
Conroe
Montgomery County
Texas, USA

Baseball Player, Team Manager, Player Manager, Hall of Fame Inductee in 4 hall of Fames.

born HARRY FRANCIS CRAFT
Birth: 19 Apr 1915 in Ellisville, Jones Co. Mississippi, USA
Death: 03 Aug 1995 in Conroe, Montgomery Co., Texas, USA

Parents:
Thomas Jefferson Craft, Jr. 1883-1926
Mary Emmie Morrison 1884-1968
He had one brother: Thomas Jefferson 'Tom' III. Craft, 1908-1975

Harry's first marriage was to Betty Claire Barry 1917 2007 in Missouri in 1938. They had a son, "Tom" Thomas Harry Craft 1942 2002). Tom and wife Carol have 4 children, (Harry's Grandchildren).

He married Annelle "Nell" Moore in Miami, Oklahoma, May 8, 1959, and they had one child, Carole Anne Craft b.1962. Harry and Nell had 36 years of a loving, wonderful marriage.

Harry "Wildfire" Craft was a great baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. He had 4 World Series Rings, and is in 4 Hall of Fame sites for Baseball. He was with the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Blues, New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Chicago Cubs, mgr. Houston Colt 45's, and Baltimore Orioles. He retired from baseball in 1991.

He was Mickey Mantle's manager and lifelong friend. The hall in their Conroe Home looked like a "Hall of Fame", with all the autographed pictures of Baseball's great's!
And, they had visits from many notable players.

Harry was an office in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was with Naval Aviation V-5 Program (Aair Sea Rescue & Survival).

Harry lived many places, due to his baseball career. After his marriage to Nell, they built a home in Inverness, Florida on Lake Tsala Apopka, as Harry loved to fish (and he also loved to hunt with brother Tom in Throckmorton, Texas). In about 1970, Harry, Nell and young Carole moved back to Texas to be closer to family. They bought a home in Conroe, Texas, where they both lived until their deaths. They loved to have friends and family over, and there was always a lot of good food and fun conversations. They had a lot of baseball visitors at their home, including sportcasters and umpires Harry had known over all the years. Of course, Mickey Mantle drove down from Dallas occasionally to visit, and when they were in Dallas or Grand Prairie visiting Nell's sister, they had dinner in Dallas with Mickey and his wife. W.O. Bankston in Dallas was also an old friend they visited.

Harry was an avid fisherman, and had friends in Conroe that he went out fishing with in good weather and bad. His wife, Nell always lovingly packed him a sack lunch of food and goodies at 4 am, to carry him through the day.
There were lots of fried fish dinners at the Craft house, and Unc had mastered the art of fileting the fish and frying them to perfection!

His wife, Nell, had lined their long L-shaped hallway with autographed photos of baseball greats, and photos of his career, that was like a 'hall of fame'! Visitors were always in awe of all the photos, and the big bucket of baseball bats in the living room. I remember visiting and watching Unc sign many baseball cards and pictures that were sent to him. He received many every day it seemed, but Harry very carefully signed and returned every one. If the person forgot to include a self-addressed stamped envelope, Harry and Nell provided one and returned it.

Harry died in Conroe, Texas. The services at Chapel of the Pines in Conroe displayed many pictures of Harry and his baseball career, along with fishing and hunting pictures with friends and family. The room was packed with friends, family and some baseball greats and sportscasters. The baseball opening theme was played as one of the musical songs. His request was to be cremated, and his ashes strewn on his favorite fishing hole at Lake Conroe, which his wife and daughter lovingly carried out for him, along with his best fishing buddy, Joe.

He had a good and full life. He is sorely missed by many.

(There is no memorial marker at the site where his ashes strewn.)
bio by Niece, Lynda Duncan Miles
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Thomas Jefferson Craft (1885 - 1926)
  Mary Emily Morrison Craft (1884 - 1968)
 
 Spouses:
  Betty Claire Barry Fullar (1917 - 2007)
  Annelle Moore Craft (1931 - 1997)*
 
 Sibling:
  Thomas Jefferson Craft (1907 - 1975)*
  Harry Craft (1915 - 1995)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Plot: Ashes strewn on Lake Conroe at his favorite fishing hole.
 
Created by: Lynda Duncan Miles
Record added: Aug 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75317964
Harry Wildfire Craft
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Harry Wildfire Craft
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Wish I could bring you some donuts to heaven, Unc. I think of you all the time, and miss you so. Love and hugs, Sissy
- Lynda Duncan Miles
 Added: May. 1, 2016
Wishing you a Happy Father's Day, Unc, and missing you every day. Love you, Lynda.
- Lynda Duncan Miles
 Added: Jun. 23, 2015
Turkey day is coming soon, Unc! We will be thinking of you with love!
- Lynda Duncan Miles
 Added: Nov. 25, 2014
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