Willie Crawford Dead at 58

Former Dodgers outfielder Willie Crawford died Aug. 27 of kidney disease in Los Angeles. He was born in September 7, 1946.

He was the only player in franchise history who played three years as a teenager. He played 17 games in 1964 at age 17, 52 games at age 18 and six games at age 19.

Crawford signed a six-figure contract with the Dodgers in 1964 and had four singles and a double in 16 at-bats in his first cup of coffee. He made little progress for the next three years.

He played 989 games for the Dodgers, collecting 748 hits, 125 doubles, 29 triples and 74 homers. He knocked in 335 runs and stole 45 bases. Crawford played in the 1965 and 1974 World Series, compiling a 375 average with three hits in eight trips to the plate and a home run.

His best season was in 1973 when he hit .295 with 14 homers and 66 RBI. Crawford retired just after turning 31. He left with a career on-base percentage of .349 and a career slugging percentage of .408.

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