Primarily a shortstop who also saw duty at third & second, his career began in early forties with youth teams: Firestone Post 566, 209; Triplett Terriers, S.A. Merchants, Akron Yankees and was All-City for 1947 Garfield High District Champs. Played AA ball from 1946-1958 with Norka Plating, Krumroy Market, Borden Auto, Canton Rd. Furniture and Krispy Kreme. Led Borden in hitting in 1952 and played in many State and two national tournaments with Auto's, Furniture's and Kreme's. Craver had two trials for the pro's and was considered by his peers as a tough out.