Less than four months after his 19th birthday, Del Crandall became the youngest starting catcher in baseball history when he supplanted 32-year-old Bill Salkeld of the Boston Braves in 1949. Returning to the Milwaukee Braves in 1953 after a two-year tour in the military, Crandall was named to eight All-Star teams during the Braves’ first ten seasons in Milwaukee (1953-1962) and established his reputation as arguably the best defensive catcher of the era, annually ranking among the league leaders in practically every important defensive statistic. “[Crandall] is like a coach on the field. He can spot a flaw in my motion as soon as it shows up,” said teammate Carl Willey. Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Joe L. Brown, quick to point out Crandall’s underrated offensive abilities, maintained that “Crandall is the best all-around catcher in the league.”
This wallet was hand cut and hand stitched from a Del Crandall catcher's mitt and measures 4.25" by 3.25 inches. It has six side load pockets and a cash slot for folded bills.