Crouch, Jack

Position: Catcher, pinch hitter
Birthplace: Cooleemee

First, Middle Names: Jack Albert            Nickname: Roxy
Date of Birth:  Oct. 12, 1903  Date and Place of Death: Aug. 25, 1972, Leesburg, Fla.
Burial: Woodlawn Park Cemetery, Miami, Fla.

High School: Undetermined  
College: Did not attend

Bats: R            Throws: R        Height and Weight: 5-9, 165
Debut Year: 1930       Final Year: 1933          Years Played: 3
Teams and Years: St. Louis Browns, 1930-31, 1933; Cincinnati Reds, 1933

Career Summary
G         AB       H         R          RBI      HR       BA.      OBP.    SLG.     WAR
43        72        9          7          8          1          .125     .182     .181     -0.9     

Jack Crouch spent parts of three seasons as a backup catcher and pinch hitter and then spent his life in the lumber business in Georgia and Florida.

Though he was born in Cooleemee in 1903, Crouch wasn’t in Davie County long. His large family, which would eventually include six brothers and sisters, moved around the Southeast a lot. After Jack’s birth, the family lived in South Carolina and Georgia before settling in Richmond, Virginia, where Jack’s father, Pierce, listed his occupation in the 1910 census as “spinning room boss” in a cotton mill.

By the time the census counters came around again 10 years later, Crouch’s parents were divorced. His mother, Theodora, or Dora, still lived in Richmond with Jack and three other children. All worked. Jack, 16, was a clerk at the railroad.

We know nothing about this phase of his baseball life, whether he played in high school or for the American Legion. Crouch next appears in the historical record in the 1923 Atlanta, Georgia, city directory, which lists him living by himself and working as a ticket-taker for the railroad.

Crouch’s professional baseball career started seven years later for the Wichita Falls Spudders, the St. Louis Brown’s Class A farm team. He was hitting .324 with 11 home runs in 1930 when he got called up to St. Louis as the third-string catcher. He played in less than 50 games for the Browns over the next three seasons, appearing as a fill-in catcher or pinch hitter. He never batted higher that .167. He closed out his big-league career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1933.

After five more seasons in the minors, Crouch retired from baseball and settled with his wife, Ruth, and their son, Jack Jr., in Albany, Georgia, where he joined a brother in the lumber business. They moved to Miami, Florida, in 1945 where Crouch worked for a retail lumber and building-supply store. Jack Jr. was a high-school and collegiate baseball standout who played in the minors for the Detroit Tigers.

Crouch was living in nearby Fort Lauderdale, when he died at age 69 in Leesburg, Florida, where his son lived.