Cronin, Joe

Joseph Edward Cronin
Born: October 12, 1906, San Francisco, California
Died: September 7, 1984, Osterville, Massachusetts
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Pirates (1926-1927), Washington Senators (1928-1934), Boston Red Sox (1935-1945)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1956

Joe Cronin was the American League's All-Star shortstop seven times and its MVP in 1930 when he hit .346 with 126 RBIs. The jovial, square-jawed Irishman possessed the determination and toughness to become a wizard with the glove and a powerhouse at bat. He topped the .300 mark eight times and also enjoyed eight 100-RBI seasons. At age 27, Cronin won the 1933 pennant as a rookie manager with Washington before he was traded to the Red Sox. He later served two terms as American League president.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that on June 17, 1943, Joe Cronin connected for two pinch-hit home runs, one in each game of a doubleheader, becoming the first of only two players to ever accomplish the feat?
Oh, my yes, Joe is the best there is in the clutch. With a man on third and one out, I'd rather have Cronin hitting for me than anybody I've ever seen.
Connie Mack