On this day in 1930, Delmar Wesley "Del" Crandall was born in Ontario, California. He was 18 years old when the Boston Braves signed him as an amateur free agent in 1948, and made his major league debut just one year later.
Crandall played a part time role for the Braves in 1949 and '50 but didn't get his first full time shot at the majors until 1953, the team's first full season in Milwaukee. Over eleven seasons in Milwaukee Crandall caught 1167 games for the Braves - no other player in the team's Milwaukee era was behind the plate for more than 476. During that time Crandall made eight All Star appearances, won four Gold Gloves and received votes for NL MVP seven times.
The Braves traded Crandall following the 1963 season but his time in Milwaukee wasn't done: He returned to become the third manager in Brewer history in 1972, leading the team to a 271-338 record over four seasons.