About Carl

About Carl

Carl was the Right Fielder on the winning team at the National Championship of the American Legion Baseball League in 1951, winning over an amazing 16, 299 teams. His book, Swinging for the Fences, How American Legion Baseball Transformed a Group of Boys into a Team of Men, chronicles that experience.

A starter for the Trojan Baseball team, Carl attended University of Southern California majoring in Marketing and Business Administration. After graduation he played for the Canadian Professional Baseball Team, the Edmond Eskimos for two years. 1951-crenshaw-post-715Military duty called him to enlist in the United States Navy for the next two years, serving both in San Diego and a year at the Sub-Pac Submarine Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Carl managed to fit playing baseball for an all Navy team while at Pearl Harbor, baseball is indeed in his blood. After an Honorable Discharge Carl began his business career.

Carl is on the board of directors for the USC Trojan Alumni Association and is editor of the quarterly newsletter that goes out to all members and USC baseball boosters, circulation 10,000 and growing. Carl writes the featured article for every issue.

Carl has been interviewed and quoted in many publications and has been interviewed by several radio stations. During his business career Carl spent many years in Sales Management and Sales Training, mostly in the Real Estate Industry for Coldwell Banker’s National chain. He was a motivational speaker and trainer, and is at home in front of a camera, microphone or live audience. While in the Real Estate industry Carl took acting instruction and performed in student films as well as in the film industry as an extra and a stand-in.

Many of the original American Legion winning baseball team members still have reunions to reminisce about that amazing time when they all came of age and entertained the nation along with teammates Billy Consolo and Sparky Anderson.

Most of Carl’s three children and seven grandchildren have followed in his athletic footsteps. He is a proud father and grandfather. As a busy retiree Carl has traveled the world and enjoys his hobbies of photography, gardening and cooking his award winning marinara sauce.

Carl’s Story was featured in Discover the Phoenix Region magazine.
Read the full story on pages 5-7.
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Discover the Phoenix Region Magazine


One thought on “About Carl

  • March 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    What an exciting Website! Anyone interested in USC’s fascinating baseball history and the character of those who made it great will enjoy the posts. Maggio’s terrific book SWINGING FOR THE FENCES is a must read. Couldn’t put it down. As Carl so eloquently states, “Enjoy reading about a simpler place and time in our country’s history, when kids were allowed to be kids, and baseball was a game of integrity and simplicity.” I guarantee you will be glad you signed up.
    Gilly Lefebvre / Son of Benny Lefebvre “Leader of the Band”.


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