Bill Craver

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  • Card series: Pioneer Portraits I: 1850-1874
  • City: Lansingburgh
  • Team: Union of Lansingburgh
  • League: National Association (NABBP)

William Craver (1844-1901): disabled Civil War vet, policeman, and manager of his teams while still in his early 20s. Hardly the resume for a crook, yet in ’77 Craver was ousted from the NL in perhaps the biggest gambling scandal to rock the game in an already freebooting era.

  • His case was hurt by an earlier expulsion for gambling in ‘71
  • Always a strong hitter, had a .291 career batting average for 7 teams
  • Craver’s Louisville Grays tanked in his fateful season including an 8 game losing streak

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