Frank “The Crow” Crosetti anchored the Yankee infield for 17 years and served as their third-base coach for 20 years after his retirement.
Frank “The Crow” Crosetti came from the same North Beach neighborhood as the DiMaggio brothers. He also played for the same Pacific Coast minor league team, the Seals, that gave Vince and Dom DiMaggio their start in baseball, and played alongside Joe DiMaggio with the Yankees.
In 1932, Crosetti joined the roster of the New York Yankees and anchored their infield for most of his 17 seasons. He would continue to work with the team as third-base coach for another 20 years after his retirement in 1948. During his career with the team, he would witness some of the most historic moments in baseball, including Lou Gehrig’s goodbye address and Babe Ruth’s home run against the Cubs during the 1932 World Series.
The finest year of Crosetti’s career came in 1936, when Crosetti batted .288 with fifteen home runs, 78 RBIs and 137 runs scored (all career highs) batting lead-off for the Yankees. He was named an American League All-Star for the first time in his career. He won eight World Series rings as a player, and was a two-time All-Star (1936, 1939).
In 1938, Crosetti topped the American League with 27 stolen bases and 757 plate appearances. The next year, he led the American League shortstops in putouts and double plays.
He was known to steal signs from the opposing team’s dugout, and was a whiz at hiding the ball in order to tag runners more easily. He was a member of nine American League pennant-winning teams and eight World Champion Teams. As a coach, he was involved in 15 additional World Series games.
He was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.