Jan. 1, 1988

Steve Crawford had a moderately long, moderately successful career as a reliever, seven seasons with the Red Sox, three with the Royals. But after finishing his time with Boston, and before throwing a pitch for Kansas City, Crawford had his greatest moment.

As reported by the Boston Globe, on Dec. 30 Crawford helped firefighters by saving an elderly man as the Mill Pond Tennis Club in Hanover, Mass.

While a grease fire in the kitchen spread, Crawford and assistant club manager Dave Lovell checked the locker room and discovered the man. They helped him out of harm’s way, ensuring that the blaze would claim no lives.

Crawford was there doing a bit of throwing. Red Sox second baseman Marty Barrett was there as his son received a tennis lesson and was out when the call to evacuate the building was made.

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