July 27, 1999

Crowley Signs Pro Baseball Contract

Former Cardinal baseball player Ben Crowley (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) has signed a contract to play for the Johnstown (Pa.) Johnnies of the Frontier League.

Crowley, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior P/OF/DH, was named 1999 CAC co-Player of the Year. He led the Cardinals in batting average (.411), hits (51), runs (31), RBIs (29), doubles (9), triples (4), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.718). He was 6-for-8 in stolen bases, struck out just eight times in 124 at bats and was the only Cardinal to start all 35 games.

Crowley, also a first-team All-CAC outfielder and second-team All-CAC pitcher, was 6-6 on the mound with a 4.30 ERA. He struck out a career-high 11 batters in a six-hit, 4-0 shutout against then-No. 26 Johns Hopkins on March 28 and averaged 7.65 strikeouts per nine innings.

Crowley won Catholic University's 1999 Harris Cup as the senior male athlete regarded as an outstanding leader, athlete and scholar. He graduated in May with a degree in psychology.