Vintage 1930s 1940s Joe Cronin 125 JC Hillerich & Bradsby Store Baseball Bat
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Born: October 12, 1906 San Francisco, California. Died: September 7, 1984 (aged 77) Osterville, Massachusetts.April 29, 1926, for the Pittsburgh Pirates. April 19, 1945, for the Boston Red Sox. Seven of the American League's 1937 All-Star players, from left to right Lou Gehrig. All seven would eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame. Joseph Edward Cronin (October 12, 1906 September 7, 1984) was a Major League Baseball. He also served as president of the American League. During a 20-year playing career, he played from 192645 for three different teams, primarily for the Boston Red Sox. Cronin was a major league manager from 193347. Cronin was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cronin became the first AL player to become an All-Star with two teams. As a player-manager and manager. Cronin was born in Excelsior District of San Francisco, California. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Had cost his Irish Catholic parents almost all of their possessions. Cronin attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. He played several sports as a child and he won a city tennis championship for his age group when he was 14. As he was not greatly interested in school, Cronin's grades improved only when the San Francisco Seals. Of the Pacific Coast League. Began giving away tickets to students with good conduct and attendance. At the time, the nearest MLB team was nearly 2,000 miles from San Francisco. Who scouted for the Senators and managed the Chattanooga Lookouts. Engel first spotted Cronin playing in Kansas City.
"I knew I was watching a great player", Engel said. I bought Cronin at a time he was hitting.When I told Clark Griffith. You bought him for yourself. He's not my ballplayer he's yours. You keep him and don't either you or Cronin show up at the ballpark. Cronin had a breakout year, batting. 346 with 13 home runs. Cronin won both the AL Writers' MVP (the forerunner of the BBWAA MVP, established in 1931) and the AL Sporting News MVP. His 1931 season was also outstanding, with him posting a. 12 home runs, and 126 RBIs. Cronin led the Senators to the 1933 World Series. And later married Griffith's niece, Mildred Robertson. Cronin was named player-manager of the Senators in 1933. A post he would hold for two years. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox. By Griffith, also as player-manager. Cronin retired as a player in 1945. But remained manager of the Red Sox until 1947. It was apparent that Cronin was nearing the end of his playing career. Red Sox farm director Billy Evans. Thought he had found Cronin's successor in Pee Wee Reese. The star shortstop for the Louisville Colonels. Of the Triple-A American Association. He was so impressed by Reese that he was able to talk Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey. However, when Cronin went to scout Reese, Cronin realized that they were asking him to scout his replacement.
Over his career, Cronin batted. 300 or higher eight times, as well as driving in 100 runs or more eight times.301 average, 170 home runs, and 1,424 RBIs. As a manager, he compiled a 1,2361,055 record and won two American League. Pennants (in 1933 and 1946). His 1933 Senators dropped the 1933 World Series. To the New York Giants.
; the transfer of the Pilots after only one season in Seattle. ; and the transplantation of the expansion Senators after 11 seasons in Washington, D. The Angels also moved from Los Angeles to adjacent Orange County. And adopted a regional identity, in part because of the dominance of the National League. Who were the Angels' landlords at Dodger Stadium.Of the four expansion teams that joined the league beginning in 1961, three abandoned their original host cities within a dozen years (the Pilots after only one season), and only one teamthe Royalsremained in its original municipality. Two of the charter members of the old eight-team league, the Chicago White Sox. Also suffered significant attendance woes and were targets of relocation efforts by other cities. In addition, the AL found itself at a competitive disadvantage compared with the National League during Cronin's term. With strong teams in larger markets and a host of new stadiums, the NL outdrew the AL regularly; in 1973, Cronin's final season as league president, the NL attracted 55 percent of total MLB attendance, 16.62 million vs. 13.38 million total fans, despite the opening of Royals Stadium. In Kansas City and the American League's adoption of the designated hitter. Rule, which was designed to spark scoring and fan interest. While the National League held only an 87 edge in World Series. Play during the Cronin era, it dominated the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Going 1531 in the 19 games played from 195973. Joe Cronin's number 4 was retired. By the Boston Red Sox. Joe Cronin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In the last months of his life, Cronin struggled with cancer that had invaded his prostate and bones; he suffered a great deal of bone pain as a result. Cronin came to Fenway Park. For one of his last public appearances when his jersey number 4 was retired by the Red Sox on May 29, 1984. He died at the age of 77 on September 7, 1984, in Osterville, Massachusetts. He is buried in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in nearby Centerville. At the number retirement ceremony shortly before Cronin's death, teammate Ted Williams. Commented on how much he respected Cronin as a father and a man.
- Player: Joe Cronin
- Team: Pittsburgh Pirates, Reds, Senators