George “Big George” Crowe

George “Big George” Crowe

Birth
Whiteland, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
Death 18 Jan 2011 (aged 89)
Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered near his former residence
Memorial ID 64457852 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player, Professional Basketball Player. For nine seasons (1952 to 1953, 1955 to 1961), he played at the first-base position with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. Born George Daniel Crowe, the younger brother of noted Indiana basketball coach Ray Crowe, he was a three-sport athlete while attending Franklin High School (Indiana), where he excelled in basketball, baseball and track; he earned All-State honors and was named Indiana's first "Mr. Basketball" in 1939. After attending Indiana Central College (now known as the University of Indiana), Crowe served with the US Army during World War II, and later played in the National Basketball League with the Los Angeles Red Devils (where he was a teammate of Jackie Robinson), New York Renaissance, Dayton Rens, Harlem Yankees, and for a brief period with the Harlem Globetrotters. Crowe signed with the Boston Braves and marked his Major League debut with them on April 16, 1952, appearing in 73 games that season. His most productive year was in 1957 with the Reds, when he recorded 134 hits, including 31 home runs with 92 RBIs; he earned All-Star status in 1958. In 702 career regular season games, he compiled 467 hits with a lifetime .270 batting average. He was inducted into the University of Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986. In recent years he lived in declining health, as he suffered a series of strokes and from heart disease.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 20 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64457852
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George “Big George” Crowe (22 Mar 1921–18 Jan 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64457852, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered near his former residence.