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Louis Criger (February 3, 1872 – May 14, 1934) was a Major League Baseball catcher with the Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Browns and the New York Highlanders between 1896 and 1912.

Lou Criger
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Born: (1872-02-03)February 3, 1872
Elkhart, Indiana
Died: May 14, 1934(1934-05-14) (aged 62)
Tucson, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1896, for the Cleveland Spiders
Last MLB appearance
June 3, 1912, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Batting average.221
Home runs11
Runs batted in342
Career highlights and awards

Criger became the first Opening Day catcher in Boston American League franchise's history. A catcher for most of Cy Young's 511 victories, he also caught every inning for eight games with Boston in the first-ever World Series in 1903, helping his team win the championship.

In a 16-season career, he batted .221 with 11 home runs and 342 RBIs. Criger stole 58 career bases and scored 337 runs. He had 709 career hits in 3202 at bats.

Though never a major star, Criger received votes for the Hall of Fame in four BBWAA elections. He garnered as much as eight percent of the vote.


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