Steve Crawford (baseball)
Steven Ray Crawford (born April 29, 1958 in Pryor, Oklahoma) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for two teams from 1980 through 1991. Listed at 6' 5", 225 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.
A versatile hard-thrower, Crawford did everything a pitcher was asked to do. He filled various relief roles coming out from the bullpen, as a closer or middle reliever, serving as an emergency starter as well. He reached the majors in 1980 with the Boston Red Sox, spending seven years with them before moving to the Kansas City Royals (1989–91). His most productive season came in 1985 with the Red Sox, when he set career-numbers in wins (6), saves (12), strikeouts (58) and innings pitched (91.0). During the 1986 postseason, he went 2-0 including a win in Game 2 of the World Series.He also had three decent years with Kansas City, winning 11 games and averaging 60.0 innings of work in each season.
In a 10-season career, Crawford posted a 30-23 record with 19 saves and a 4.17 ERA in 277 games, including 16 starts, two complete games and 562 ⅔ innings.
He was a very personable and approachable player and often handed home run balls hit into the bullpen to kids sitting nearby. And he likes fishing.
- Baseball Reference
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