Jimmie Crutchfield

The 5’7″ 150-lb righthanded-hitting Crutchfield was an excellent bat-handler, a fast runner, and a reliable outfielder. He batted .286 his rookie year for the 1930 Birmingham Black Barons, and in 1931 he moved to the Indianapolis ABC’s and batted .330, believed to be his career high. When the financially troubled ABC’s were unable to pay most of their players, Crutchfield jumped to the Pittsburgh Crawfords, with whom he stayed for five years, making the squad for the East-West all-star game three times. He played for the Newark Eagles in 1937, and though statistics are not available for his 1938-43 seasons, the hustling Crutchfield made the all-star team in 1941 as a member of the Chicago American Giants.

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