Inductee — Lou Criger

lcrigerLou Criger

Class of 2004

Birthplace: Elkhart, IN




His big league career spanned 16 seasons, 1896-1912. He played for Cleveland and St. Louis of the National League and Boston, St. Louis and New York of the American League. Considered one of the best catchers of his era and was a favorite receiver to legendary pitcher Cy Young, who won 283 games during his 12 years pitching with Lou behind the plate. Lou received National Baseball Hall of Fame votes in five different years during period 1936-46. He led the American League in assists in both 1903 and 1905. In 1903 he caught the firt pitch thrown in a modern World Series. That same season, he led the circuit in games caught, 96, double plays, 10, and total fielding chances, 661.

With Lou catching his teams ERA was .16 of a run better than the league average over the course of his career, including .62 for Boston in 1901. Prior to leaving for spring training in 1907 Lou was the baseball coach at Notre Dame. Born in Elkhart February 3, 1872 he died in Tucson, AZ. on May 14, 1934