Allie Crafton

Allie Crafton, born January 19th, 1896 in Marvell, AR,1 was a Negro baseball player with the 25th Infantry Wreckers from 1914-1917.


Crafton was the son of Richard Crafton and Lucy (nee Robinson) Crafton Dennie Brown.2 He grew up in Marianna, AR.

Crafton, an outfielder, played with the all-black 25th Infantry Wreckers baseball team while stationed in Honolulu, HI from 1914-1917. He was a teammate of future Hall of Famer Bullet Rogan.

Crafton died on January 28th, 1955 in Chicago, IL.3 4 He was buried in Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, IL.


"Crafton, a recruit outfielder, will be given a tryout [with the 25th Infantry team] in today's game with the St. Louis team."5


Statistics at the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database.
1 Crafton's WWII Draft Card. Crafton's birth year is listed as 1891. However, Crafton is 4 years old in the 1900 U.S. Census, and 14 in the 1910 U.S. Census, making 1896 a more likely birth year.
2 1900 U.S. Census and 1910 U.S. Census. According Arkansas County Marriage records, Richard Crafton married Lucy Robinson in Phillips County, AR in 1895.