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Willie Murphy Crawford
Born: Sept. 7, 1946 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Died: Aug. 27, 2004 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Debut: 1964 | Pos: OF
H: 6’1″ | W: 205 | B: L | T: L

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Willie Crawford, who signed with the Dodgers and appeared in his first major league game at the age of 17, died on Aug. 27, 2004 at his home in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 57.

Crawford death was reported to be from kidney disease.

He played in the major leagues for 14 seasons, appearing in 1,210 games and hitting .268 with 86 home runs and 419 RBI. His career numbers include 47 stolen bases.

Crawford signed with the Dodgers as a free agent before the 1964 season. He made his major league debut on Sept. 16 of that year at the age of 17. He hit .312 in 15 at-bats and stole a base that season. He was just 19 years old in 1965 when he collected a pinch-hit single for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series.

In 1974, Crawford hit a home run against Oakland in the World Series.

He played for the Dodgers through the end of the 1975 season — a total of 989 games. He was traded to the Cardinals in March 1976 for Ted Sizemore. He hit .304 in 120 games for the Cardinals with nine home runs and 50 RBI.

He was traded again after the 1976 season. This time, the Cardinals sent Crawford along with Vic Harris and John Curtis to the Giants for John D’Acquisto, Mike Caldwell, and Dave Rader. He never played for the Giants — he was traded again in March 1977. This trade sent Crawford, along with Rob Sperring, to the Astros for Rob Andrews. He played 42 games for the Astros and 59 games for Oakland during the 1977 season — his last in the major leagues.