Clarence "Big Boy" Kraft
During the glory years of Fort Worth baseball, 6 foot, 190 lb. Clarence "Big Boy" Kraft was an idol to fans of the "Fightin' Fort Worth Cats". As the first baseman for the Panthers, Kraft led his team to six consecutive Texas League flags and five Dixie Series against the Southern Association champions. During his six-year tenure in baseball (1918-1924), Kraft produced the Texas League career record for number of home runs (167) and number of RBI's (759) for one club. Swinging a 52 oz. bat, Kraft led the league in batting in 1921 with a .352 average. Kraft opted to retire at the peak of his career to operate an auto dealership in Fort Worth. Kraft was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.