Tommy McCraw

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Tommy McCraw played thirteen years in the American League during the second deadball era, when batting averages were unusually low. Tommy played first base and outfield, and also pinch-hit a lot. Eight of his thirteen years were with the Chicago White Sox, managed for the most part by Al Lopez and Eddie Stanky. In his best year with the bat, Tommy hit .294 with a .442 SLG in 1974.

His Wikipedia entry states that he was the first designated hitter in California Angels history, and also was the player who made the last offensive play for the Washington Senators franchise. After playing, he was a batting coach for six major league teams, often under manager Frank Robinson.

Pitcher Tommy John was his teammate for six years with the White Sox.

Tommy attended Santa Monica College. Another player with a similar last name, Rodney McCray, also went to the same college and later played for the White Sox.

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