Jim Crane, founder of Crane Worldwide Logistics in Houston and CEO of Crane Capital is leading a group that will purchase the Houston Astros for $680 million. Crane was a star pitcher for the Central Missouri Mules in 70’s and the stadium is named in his honor.
Crane has given upwards of a million dollars to the University of Central Missouri. Crane struck out a school-record 18 batters in a 1974 win over Ohio Northern in the first round of the Division II College World Series. He was 21-8 for his career with a 2.42 ERA, twice winning small-college honorable mention All-America honors, with 23 complete games and seven shutouts.