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Jack Crimian

Date and Place of Birth: February 17, 1926 Philadelphia, PA

Died: February 11, 2019 Middletown, DE

Baseball Experience: Major League


Military Unit: Army

Area Served: United States


In 1944, John M. "Jack" Crimian’s rookie season, he won 18 games with Athletics’ farm teams.


He entered military service in April 1945, and spent the remainder of the year with the Army. Crimian made his major league debut with the Cardinals in July 1951, returning for a handful of games in 1952.


After playing in the minors for the next three seasons he returned to the majors with the Kansas City Athletics in 1956 and made a career-high 54 appearances for a 4-8 won-loss record and a 5.51 ERA.


Crimian’s playing days ended in Toronto in 1959 and he worked in the auto body repair business. Jack Crimian passed away on February 11, 2019.

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