Cincinnati Reds (1899-1902), Detroit Tigers (1903-1917)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1957
Sam Crawford was one of the top all-around players from the Dead Ball Era. Combining a powerful stroke and blazing speed, it was with the triple that Wahoo Sam made his mark as he set the Major League record with 309, leading the league six times. Over his 19-year Major League career, he captured 367 steals. Crawford, who teamed with Ty Cobb to lead the Tigers to three straight American League pennants (1907-09), finished his career with 2,961 hits and a batting average of .309.
that Sam Crawford holds the single-season record for most inside-the-park home runs, with 12 in 1901?
None of them can hit them quite as hard as Crawford. He stands up at the plate like a brick house; there's no moving him away from it. And he hits all the pitchers, without playing favorites. When he's hitting, they all look alike.