The tobacco-chewing, drawling Crouse was a reliable backup for Hall of Fame catcher
Ray Schalk. It was Crouse who said to the scholarly Moe Berg
, "Moe, I don't care
how many of those degrees you got, they ain't learned you to hit the curveball no
better than me." In 1937, Crouse was International League
MVP, leading Baltimore
to the playoffs as player-manager.