Hall-Of-Famer And Red Sox Great Joe Cronin's Birthday
Joe Cronin (1906-1984)
Today marks the 109th year since the birth of Red Sox great Joe Cronin. After starring for nine seasons with the Pirates and Senators, Cronin came to Boston in a trade that—even by 1934 standards—was a huge win for the Red Sox. Boston sent $225,000 and a guy named Lyn Lary to D.C. for a player who thrived for 11 seasons in Carmine Hose. Cronin hit .300 with 119 HRs, and an on-base percentage of .394 over those years in Boston. And, he was the team's player-manager in every one of those seasons. He skippered the pennant-winning 1946 squad that came so close to ending 'the curse'—long before it eventually was broken. After managing, Cronin was the Red Sox GM for over a decade and then became American League President. So, the next time you look up at that number "4" on Fenway's right-field facade, don't forget Cronin's incredible Red Sox career.