Bill (Lefty) Cristall

Pitcher
TEAM: Cleveland Indians
Born: Sept. 6, 1911 - Nov. 29, 2004

The promising young lefty who, at the time, knew nothing about baseball, emigrated with his family from Odessa, Russia, and settled in Buffalo, New York. Cristall reached professional baseball early, and on September 3, 1901, he became the first American League rookie to toss a shutout in his major league debut when he took the mound for the Cleveland Blues (now the Indians) and defeated the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox). Unfortunately, Cristall lost his next five starts and ended up back in the minors in 1902. He spent the next 17 years as a junior circuit journeyman.

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