INDIANAPOLIS — Former University of Indianapolis legend and Major League Baseball All-Star George Crowe passed away in Rancho Cordova, Calif., near Sacramento, on Tuesday night.
Crowe, a 1943 graduate of Indiana Central, was a three-sport star for the Greyhounds in basketball, baseball and track. Known as a great scorer and rebounder on the hardwood, Crowe was an all-state player in 1941 when the cagers finished ninth in the country.
His nephew, Brad Crowe, told the Indianapolis Star that his most enjoyable times came at Indiana Central which six brothers and sisters also attended.
He went on to play professional basketball with the Los Angeles Red Devils and New York Rens, but his greatest professional accomplishments came on the diamond.
He spent nine seasons in the Major Leagues playing for the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee/Boston Braves. His best season came in 1957 when he hit .271 with 31 home runs and 92 runs batted in for the Reds and he was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1958.
When Crowe retired he held the MLB record with 14 career pinch-hit home runs.
Crowe was born March 21, 1921, in Whiteland, Ind., and was the first Indiana Mr. Basketball from Franklin High School in 1939. Inducted into the UIndy Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986, Crowe’s older brother, Ray Crowe was also a three-sport star at Indiana Central that was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Ray (who passed away in 2003) is best known for being the legendary head coach of Indianpolis Crispus Attucks High School where he won two state championships.