Friday, December 24, 2010

1956 Topps Ray Crone

If one word is used to describe pitcher Ray Crone, it may be the word "persevering." Despite throwing well in the minors, Crone seemed to be on the slow track in getting to the majors-including returns to levels where it seemed he had nothing left to prove. So discouraged was Crone that he actually contemplated giving it all up. Sticking with it, though, proved to be a smart move, as he ended up going 19-11 with a 2.38 ERA and 20 complete games in '53. After making the Milwaukee roster out of spring training in 1954, Crone found himself in familiar territory: being shipped out. When September rolled around the Braves recalled Crone, who after a good showing in the majors thought he was there to stay. It wasn't to be, though, as a rough spring in 1955 would be yet another setback in Crone's journey. In true Crone fashion, the righty persevered and found himself back in Milwaukee, where he would end the '55 season with 10 victories (including a four-hitter against the World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers) and a very respectable 3.47 ERA. Currently a scout in the San Diego system, Crone was perhaps best known for his self-less character and being one of the finer gentleman in the game during his playing days.

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