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Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin

Position(s):
2B, SS, 1B, 3B, OF
Born:
October 12, 1906
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-29-1926 with PIT
Hall of Fame:
1956

Description

Cronin was a fiesty leader, moody at times. He was also very sensitive, especially concerning his throwing problems early in his career. Aggresive, Cronin was scrappy, had an untamed temper, and hated the Yankees. In a celebrated fight in May of 1938, Cronin intercepted Yankee Jake Powell as the latter was charging the mound to confront red Sox hurler Archie McKain (McKain had unsuccessfully aimed for Powell's head before plunking the Yank in the stomach with one of his fastballs). Cronin and Powell tussled in the middle of the diamond and after both wrere ejected from the game, they resumed their hostilities under the Yankee Stadium stands. According to reports, Cronin received the worst of it, including several cuts to the face, but with several Yankees surrounding the two, Joe was outnumbered.

Notable Achievements

    * 7-time AL All-Star (1933-1935, 1937-1939 & 1941)
    * 2-time AL Doubles Leader (1933 & 1938)
    * AL Triples Leader (1932)
    * 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1940)
    * 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1930, 1931, 1937 & 1940)
    * 100 RBI Seasons: 8 (1930-1934, 1937, 1939 & 1940)
    * 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1930)
    * AL Pennants: 2 (1933 & 1946)
    * 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (1946)
    * Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1956

Batting Feats:

Hit for cycle twice - September 2, 1929 and August 2, 1940

Hitting Streaks
22 games (1932)
20 games (1930)

Transactions

Before 1925 Season: Signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
April 1, 1928: Purchased by Kansas City (American Association) from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
July, 1928: Purchased by the Washington Senators from Kansas City (American Association) for $7,500.

October 26, 1934: Traded by the Washington Senators to the Boston Red Sox for Lyn Lary and $225,000 cash; June 6, 1946: Released by the Boston Red Sox.
It's worth noting that Cronin was married to Washington owner Calvin Griffith's niece when he was traded to the Red Sox. That must have resulted in an interesting Thanksgiving.


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