WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW HIM:
Critz had two hits off Grover Cleveland Alexander in his major league debut and went on to hit a sparkling .322 as a rookie in 1924. He never again hit higher than .296, which is pretty unusual. But he was a fantastic little second baseman, and his defensive statistics in his prime are eye-popping. He scampered all over the infield to get to the baseball. When he was 32 years old and playing for Bill Terry
and the Giants, Critz led the National League in defensive range. He had a few more years like that after the age of 30. He only weighed 140 pounds but he was really quick and got a great jump on the ball. He was a good enough fielder that in 1926 when he hit .270 with three home runs, the baseball writers placed him second in MVP voting.