Harry Craft

In his day, it was said nobody played centerfield better than Harry Craft. His bat was adequate and he had fair power, but his glove and arm made him valuable on a Cincinnati team that won titles in 1939 and 1940 with stellar defense and superb pitching. Craft’s disputed home run in the Polo Grounds in 1939 hastened the advent of foul pole screens. He managed a series of unsuccessful major league teams, including the expansion Houston Colt .45’s, and never finished higher than seventh in seven seasons.