Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball

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From the sandlots of San Francisco to the power centers of baseball, this book tells the story of Joe Cronin, one of twentieth-century baseball?s major players, both on the field and off.

 
For most of his playing career, Cronin (1906?84) was the best shortstop in baseball. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956, he was a manager by the age of twenty-six and a general manager at forty-one. He was the youngest player-manager ever to play in the World Series, and he managed the...

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Overview


From the sandlots of San Francisco to the power centers of baseball, this book tells the story of Joe Cronin, one of twentieth-century baseball’s major players, both on the field and off.

 
For most of his playing career, Cronin (1906–84) was the best shortstop in baseball. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956, he was a manager by the age of twenty-six and a general manager at forty-one. He was the youngest player-manager ever to play in the World Series, and he managed the Red Sox longer than any other man in history. As president of the American League, he oversaw two expansions, four franchise shifts, and the revolutionary and controversial introduction of the designated-hitter rule, which he wrote himself.

 
This book follows Cronin from his humble beginnings to his position as one of the most powerful figures in baseball. Mark Armour explores Cronin’s time as a player as well as his role in some of the game’s fiercest controversies, from the creation of the All-Star Game to the issue of integration. Bringing to life one of baseball’s definitive characters, this book supplies a crucial and fascinating chapter in the history of America’s pastime.

 
 

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Editorial Reviews

Bill Reynolds

“Joe Cronin had an incredible baseball life, and Mark Armour has chronicled it every step of the way, in a rich, detailed biography that expertly takes you through the game’s decades. This is a book that belongs in every baseball fan’s library.”—Bill Reynolds, author of ’78: The Boston Red Sox, a Historic Game, and a Divided City and Fall River Dreams

Bill Nowlin

“Early in his Hall-of-Fame playing career, Joe Cronin became a longtime player-manager, and later ascended to the offices of general manager and league president. Mark Armour’s book is as comprehensive as Cronin’s career, and his treatment is both thorough and (equally important) very readable.”—Bill Nowlin, author of Red Sox Threads

Lyle Spatz

“Mark Armour has given us a fully researched and well-written account of Hall of Famer Joe Cronin’s half-century in baseball. Cronin has been praised or criticized for his role in the most important baseball issues of several eras: integration, expansion, labor problems, and revolutionary rules changes. Armour deals with all these issues and presents a broader view of Cronin and his life in the game.”—Lyle Spatz, author of Bad Bill Dahlen: The Rollicking Life and Times of an Early Baseball Star

Time Out for Entertainment

"Cronin emerges as a larger-than-life figure, and Armour’s biography is a fitting tribute."—D. R. Danbom, Time Out for Entertainment

— D. R. Danbom

Choice

"This readable, well-documented biography of Cronin, who became an elder statesman of the national pastime, is candid, honest, and reverential."—S. Gittleman, Choice

— S. Gittleman

BaseballAmerica.com

"Joe Cronin provides a balanced look at the long career of a baseball lifer."—James Bailey, BaseballAmerica.com

— James Bailey

NINE

"In writing this biography, Mark Armour has done a great service not only to those interested in Joe Cronin, but also to future researchers interested in any of the multitude of facets of baseball that Joe Cronin impacted."—Richard Puerzer, NINE

— Richard Puerzer

Bill Reynolds
"Joe Cronin had an incredible baseball life, and Mark Armour has chronicled it every step of the way, in a rich, detailed biography that expertly takes you through the game's decades. This is a book that belongs in every baseball fan's library."

-Bill Reynolds, author of '78: The Boston Red Sox, a Historic Game, and a Divided City and Fall River Dreams

Bill Nowlin
"Early in his Hall-of-Fame playing career, Joe Cronin became a longtime player-manager, and later ascended to the offices of general manager and league president. Mark Armour's book is as comprehensive as Cronin's career, and his treatment is both thorough and (equally important) very readable."

-Bill Nowlin, author of Red Sox Threads

Lyle Spatz
"Mark Armour has given us a fully researched and well-written account of Hall of Famer Joe Cronin's half-century in baseball. Cronin has been praised or criticized for his role in the most important baseball issues of several eras: integration, expansion, labor problems, and revolutionary rules changes. Armour deals with all these issues and presents a broader view of Cronin and his life in the game."

-Lyle Spatz, author of Bad Bill Dahlen: The Rollicking Life and Times of an Early Baseball Star

Hardball Times

"Mark Armour has produced a grand and deep biography of one of the sport’s central figures. I approached it with very high expectations, and came away fully satisfied."—Steve Treder, Hardball Times

— Steve Treder

Hardball Times

"Mark Armour has produced a grand and deep biography of one of the sport's central figures. I approached it with very high expectations, and came away fully satisfied."—Steve Treder, Hardball Times

— Steve Treder

Time Out for Entertainment

"Cronin emerges as a larger-than-life figure, and Armour's biography is a fitting tribute."—D. R. Danbom, Time Out for Entertainment

— D. R. Danbom

frommersports.blogspot.com

"Well written and well worth owning."—frommersports.blogspot.com

Library Journal
This is a rich account of one of the 20th century's great player-managers, his rise from modest beginnings all the way to Cooperstown, and presidency of the American League. Armour (coauthor, Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way) deserves the greatest praise in light of not only Cronin's importance but also of the critical elements that form the book's second half: the role of race in sport and America, the rise of unionism, and the class interests of those claiming to have the welfare of fans in mind as they decided upon franchise location, playoff timing, etc. Though Armour is fair in his criticisms of Cronin, he also rightly points out the great contributions of a man whose love for the game brought him to the attention of popes and presidents. Recommended.
frommersports.blogspot.com

"Well written and well worth owning."—frommersports.blogspot.com
Hardball Times - Steve Treder

"Mark Armour has produced a grand and deep biography of one of the sport's central figures. I approached it with very high expectations, and came away fully satisfied."—Steve Treder, Hardball Times
NINE - Richard Puerzer

"In writing this biography, Mark Armour has done a great service not only to those interested in Joe Cronin, but also to future researchers interested in any of the multitude of facets of baseball that Joe Cronin impacted."—Richard Puerzer, NINE
Time Out for Entertainment - D. R. Danbom

"Cronin emerges as a larger-than-life figure, and Armour's biography is a fitting tribute."—D. R. Danbom, Time Out for Entertainment
Choice - S. Gittleman

"This readable, well-documented biography of Cronin, who became an elder statesman of the national pastime, is candid, honest, and reverential."—S. Gittleman, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803225305
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 1,420,241
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Mark Armour is the editor The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds (Nebraska, 2014) and a coeditor of Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles (Nebraska, 2012).
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