Wilmer Elmer "Bill" Crouch
August 20, 1907
December 26, 1980
1925-26 Highland Park High School - Michigan (High School)
1927-28 Michigan State Normal College - Ypsilanti (College) - now Eastern Michigan University
1934-35 Detroit Jewels (Independent)
1935-36 Windsor Cooper Buses (MBC)
The son of a former Major League pitcher, Crouch and the family moved to Highland Park, Michigan, and Crouch went to Michigan Normal in Ypsi (now Eastern Michigan.)
Crouch pursued a baseball career, signing with Scottdale in the Mid Atlantic League in 1931. He bounced around the minors for a few seasons, even playing some pro basketball in the Detroit area. In 1938, he won 21 games for Nashville in the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system, good enough to get him called up to the big club in 1939. He bounced between the minors and the major leagues over the next half dozen years or so, with time on the Phillies and Cardinals as well as the Dodgers. He hung up his spikes and finished his education, and wound up teaching and coaching baseball at Eastern Michigan for over 20 years.
Bill and his wife, Florence, had one daughter.
Major League Baseball Stats:
Obituary, Detroit Free Press, December 27, 1980