Fred Crolius

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Fred Crolius
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1876-04-19)April 19, 1876
Jersey City, New Jersey
Died August 25, 1960(1960-08-25) (aged 84)
Ormond Beach, Florida
Playing career
1895–1898 Dartmouth
1901 Homestead Library & Athletic Club
1902 Pittsburgh Stars
1896–1899 Dartmouth
1901 Boston Beaneaters
1902 Pittsburgh Pirates
Position(s) Halfback (football)
Outfielder (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899 Bowdoin
1902 Western U. of Pennsylvania
1904–1911 Villanova
1905–1911 Villanova
Head coaching record
Overall 26–50–6 (college football)
116–45–5 (college baseball)
Fred Crolius
Born: (1876-04-19)April 19, 1876
Jersey City, New Jersey
Died: August 25, 1960(1960-08-25) (aged 84)
Ormond Beach, Florida
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
April 19, 1901, for the Boston Beaneaters
Last MLB appearance
August 30, 1902, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
At Bats 238
Hits 58
RBIs 20



Frederick Joseph Crolius (April 19, 1876 – August 25, 1960) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He was the first player from Tufts University to play Major League Baseball. He was at Tufts in 1894, and at Dartmouth College, where he also played college football, from 1896 until 1899. He spent two years in majors with the Boston Beaneaters and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Crolius also played pro football with the independent Homestead Library & Athletic Club and the Pittsburgh Stars of the first National Football League.[1] He later served as a coach of both sports after his playing career ended.

Playing career[edit]


At age 24, he broke into the big leagues on April 19, 1901, with the Boston Beaneaters. Crolius served as the team's fourth outfielder, playing mostly right field, where he backed up Jimmy Slagle. In 1901, his rookie year, he held a batting average of .240 with 1 home run and 13 RBIs. On July 22, 1901 Crolius had four hits which led to three runs scored in a 16–3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

In his second year in the majors, Crolius played for the Pittsburgh Pirates for nine games in 1902, before ending his baseball career. In 1906 he was made ineligible to play with any National club by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues due to a contract dispute with a minor league club from Toronto.[2]


In 1898 Fred Crolius was the captain of the Dartmouth football team. He was considered one of the best halfbacks in the game, but received little notice from the media, since Dartmouth was historically seen as having a weak football program.[3]

In 1901 as a member of the Homestead Library & Athletic Club, located near Pittsburgh, Crolius served as the team's halfback. That year, he scored the tying touchdown against the Blondy Wallace's Philadelphia Athletic Club. Homestead won the game 6–5; touchdowns were worth five points in 1901.[4]

In 1902, Crolius served as a halfback on the Pittsburgh Stars, a member of first National Football League that was suspected of being financed by baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates.[5] During the 1902 season, the Stars won the league championship.[1]

Coaching career[edit]


After his playing career, Crolius served as the coach the Villanova Wildcats baseball team from 1905 until 1911. While with Villanova, acquired a 116–45–5 record.[6] He also served as the manager of the Lancaster Red Roses, where he guided the team to a 70–58 record in 1906.[7]


In 1899, he also served as the head coach for the Bowdoin College football team. He guided Bowdoin to a 2–6 record.[8] In 1902, Crolius was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers football team. That year the team racked up a 5–6–1 record.[9] Crolius then coached the Villanova Wildcats to an 18–38–5 record between 1904 and 1911.

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Bowdoin Polar Bears (Independent) (1899)
1899 Bowdoin 2–6
Bowdoin: 2–6
Western University of Pennsylvania Panthers (Independent) (1902)
1902 Western University of Pennsylvania 5–6–1
Western University of Pennsylvania: 5–6–1
Villanova Wildcats (Independent) (1904–1911)
1904 Villanova 4–2–1
1905 Villanova 3–7
1906 Villanova 3–7
1907 Villanova 3–5–1
1908 Villanova 3–6
1909 Villanova 3–2
1910 Villanova 0–4–2
1911 Villanova 0–5–1
Villanova: 18–38–5
Total: 26–50–6


  1. ^ a b Carroll, Bob (1980). "Dave Berry and the Philadelphia Story" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 2 (Annual): 1–9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Scan This List! Important Notice to Club Owners and Managers" (PDF). Sporting Life. September 8, 1906. 
  3. ^ Dougher, Louis A. (1908). "Dartmouth as a Football Factor" (PDF). Baseball Magazine. p. 41. 
  4. ^ "And Yet Again: Temple's Last Year 1901" (PDF). The Professional Football Researchers Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-09-29. 
  5. ^ Davids, L. Robert (1987). "23 Guys With Hobbies" (PDF). 9 (7). Pro Football Researchers Association: 2. 
  6. ^ "Villanova Coaching History" (PDF). Villanova Wildcats Baseball. 2003. p. 25. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "A Rose By Any Other Name". Lancaster County's Historical Society. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bowdoin College Football History" (PDF). Bowdoin College. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pittsburgh Football History Database". National Retrieved January 17, 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lancaster Red Roses Managers
Succeeded by
Pop Foster