Photographs courtesy of Chris Hunter of the Schenectady Museum and Science Center
from the G.E. Collection of Historic Photographs (special thanks to Stephen L.J. Russo)
He would only play in 66 games but his .320 batting average at the age of 19 was impressive enough to earn him a late season call up to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he held his own batting .265. By 1928 he would be playing in his first full season with the Washington Senators and by 1933, the young Joe Cronin would be nominated to his first All-Star team where he led the AL in doubles with 45. Always a doubles man, Cronin had his best season in 1938 with the Boston Red Sox when he batted .325 with an amazing 51 doubles and 17 HRs. Though he would never win an MVP, he was usually in the top 10 in voting and made it as close as runner-up. After 20 seasons in the Major Leagues, Cronin finally hung up his cleats in 1945. He would become immortalized in 1956 when the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed Joe Cronin into itís hallowed grounds, making Donovan Field a historical facility.