Jerry Crider--1971
Staring intently off into space while the
Topps cameraman closed in for a tight
shot, we get a good look at Jerry Crider.
A right-hander who went 5-7, 4.51 in 53
outings pretty much split between the
Twins (1969) and White Sox (1970), with
a closer look at his bio we discover that
Crider was quite the sportsman.

Presently one of 37 players to have
been born in South Dakota to reach the
big leagues, Crider was a legend in the
State of “Great Faces, Great Places” (a
reference to Mount Rushmore).

A member of the South Dakota Sports
Hall of Fame, Crider would lead his
American Legion team to three state
titles, while also being a two-time All-
State lineman for Washington High
School in Sioux Falls. His bio also noted
that when Crider was a youth of ages 3
to 5, he would put on hitting exhibitions
at state fairs, which is cooler than
entering the hog calling contest usually
held on the last night of each Fair. He
would sign with Minnesota in 1962 prior
to the days of the Amateur Draft.

Following his baseball career, Crider
would head to Mexico where he worked
as a hunting and fishing guide for close
to two decades. The South Dakota
Sports Hall of Fame web site also
recognized Crider as being,
“instrumental in finding and naming the
Goulds turkey as the fifth North American
species of turkey.” The Goulds turkey is
primarly found in Mexico and the
Southwestern United States.

Gobble, gobble…  

Editor's Note: While my family may
contend that I am a turkey expert based
on my consumption last week on
Thanksgiving, I really can't tell the
difference between a Goulds turkey and
a Butterball. Put each along side some
dressing and they both look the same to