Joe Cronin has been talking to me.
So has Jacob Ruppert, Ban Johnson, Connie Mack, and Clark Griffith.
They’ve come to me through letters and telegrams… my early Christmas gift.
I get a fair dose of emails requesting assistance in regards to research, pretty much everyday. And, when Chris Hayward dropped a line asking for some help researching the business of baseball, I thought it would just be more of the same.
I was wrong.
This email came with the subject line: Greetings from Joe Cronin’s Grandson.
There was something you just don’t see everyday.
A brief introduction if I may. I’m the grandson of
Joe Cronin the HOF’er and as you can imagine, a die
hard Red Sox fan. I have been a huge fan of your
writing and reporting and I read Hardball Times,
Business of Baseball and the many other web pages and
blogs constantly. I recently resigned from my Wall
Street job and am looking to chart my own course in
Cronin played from 1926-1945, managed from ‘37 to ‘47, he was the GM of the Red Sox from end of the ‘47 season to 1958, and… from 1959 to 1973, he was the president of the American League. He has been enshrined in Cooperstown since 1956.
In other words… Cronin is a legend. He’s one of the few that has covered nearly every aspect of the game at high levels. When you get to talk to blood relatives of people like this it’s always privilege.
What transpired over the course of several emails with Mr. Hayward was he got a little business of baseball knowledge from me (not much, to be really honest in return for what I got) and I got a package that would make any researcher blush.
In the Fed-Ex package sent is several folders jammed with copies of historical documents that Cronin had collected as part of his personal collection. Chris’ gift is a treasure trove for those into the historical aspect of the business of baseball. From Commissioner Reports, to ‘46 Radio Contracts, to an investigation into Roger Hornsby and gambling, to stock ownership conflict within the Washington Senators. Chris… a thousand thanks.