John Samuel Krider
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
Krider played semipro ball around North Wales, then signed with the Jackson Senators; it is unclear if he pitched for Jackson.
He also spent part of 1928 with the Rocky Mount Buccaneers, going 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA. In 1929, John was 5-5 with a 2.35 ERA for Rocky Mount and 5-5, 3.09 for the Macon Peaches. Returning to Macon in 1930, John had a 14-12, 3.36 record. The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased his contract that year.
Johnny pitched in 1931 for a great Hartford Senators team, going 16-4 with a 2.29 ERA. He tied for 5th in the Eastern League in wins and was 6th in the EL in ERA, but only 5th on his own staff in that category. He threw 8 shutouts. At the plate, he hit .125/~.164/.203 with a home run.
In 1932, Krider was 5-7 with the Harrisburg Senators and also was with the Jersey City Skeeters, as were many of his former Hartford teammates. Like the others, Krider struggled at the higher level, going 2-4 with a 7.41 ERA.
In 1934, Krider told his tale to Philadelphia Phillies manager Jimmie Wilson, who signed up the free agent. He never pitched for the Phillies, though. He split the year between the Hazleton Mountaineers (7-13, 4.07) and the Baltimore Orioles (no decisions in four games). Krider split 1935 between Hazleton and the Wilkes-Barre Barons, with a composite record of 14-12, 4.35. He continued to move around the coal region of northern Pennsylvania, spending 1936 with the Barons and Scranton Miners, showing a combined mark of 8-9, 5.54 between the two stops. He also was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA for the Sanford Lookouts that season, his last as a player.
Sources: MILB.com top 100 minor league teams - 1931 Senators, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database, archives of The Sporting News at Paper of Record.com, especially the 3/8/34 edition.