Estel Crayton Crabtree
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 168 lb.
- Debut April 18, 1929
- Final Game October 1, 1944
- Born August 19, 1903 in Crabtree, OH USA
- Died January 4, 1967 in Logan, OH USA
Outfielder Estel Crabtree played part of eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals between 1929 and 1944. In 489 games, he batted .281/.339/.382, with a particularly robust look coming in 1941. Eight years removed from his last big league game, he batted .341/.439/.503 in 77 games with a personal best five home runs in 167 at bats. Crabby had played with the Rochester Red Wings from 1933 to 1940 in the meantime, hitting .300 five times and posting a .308 average with 91 home runs and 542 RBI during that span. Crabtree was player-manager of the Wings briefly in 1940 and 1942, giving up the position due to ill health both times. He was a player-coach for the Reds in 1943 and 1944. In 1953, he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1940||Rochester Red Wings||International League||9-11||--||St. Louis Cardinals||replaced Billy Southworth (31-13) on June 6|
replaced by Mike Ryba (1-1) on June 25
|1942||Rochester Red Wings||International League||10-11||--||St. Louis Cardinals||replaced Tony Kaufmann (12-23) on May 25|
replaced by Ray Hayworth (37-59) on June 12