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From the archives | Oct. 26

Red Sox acquire Joe Cronin as player/manager

It’s now manager Joe Cronin – of the Boston Red Sox.

Tom Yawkey and Eddie Collins, deciding to make a change in managers and to replace Stanley Harris just as “Bucky” replace Marty McManus a year ago, yesterday announced that they had bought the peppery Cronin from Clark Griffith and had paid the biggest price known to baseball.

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A sum very much in excess of $139,000, the sum which Col Rupert of the Yankees paid for “Babe” Ruth nearly 14 years ago, has changed hands between the Boston and Washington managements, according to Collins, who is business manager of the Boston club. The vice president declined to state the exact figures but intimated that the price was not merely just a “little more” than that record $139,000 – but “plenty more.”

Spiking Ruth rumors

Twice yesterday Ruth was reported to have signed as a manager. Twice denials were forthcoming. He was first reported to be in line to succeed Connie Mack at the helm of the Athletics. This was flatly denied. Then came a story he was to succeed Bill McKecchie as Braves manager.

Last night neither Judge Fuchs not Secretary Ed Cunningham could be reached being out of town, but others in the Braves family stated as far as they knew there was nothing to the story.

Lyn Lary goes

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Cronin, who is now in San Francisco, of course not only will manage the club in 1935, but will play short field as well. In fact he will have to do so, for, in addition to opening his money barrel once again, Yawkey has also parted with Lyn Lary, the shortstop from the Yankees last season, and a lad who so greatly bolstered the Red Sox infield.

The new manager has been signed not for one year, as was the case with McManus and Harris; but for a term of years – just how many, Collins declined to say. But Eddie offered that Joe thinks Boston is one grand, sweet ball town; that the ball player is delighted to shift his headquarters from Griffith Stadium to the new Yawkey layout on Jersey St.

The deal for Cronin was made in something of a hurry. The seasons’ campaigning was well over before Yawkey and Cronin got down to the business of discussing what should be done to bring bigger and better baseball to Boston another year. Yawkey asked Eddie if there was anyone he would like for manager and player.

Eddie’s comeback, so the story goes, was that there was only one player in the entire American League who could do as much for Boston as Mickey Cochrane did in 1934 for Detroit. Eddie named Cronin without reservation.

It was after World Series time when the drive for Cronin started. “I’ll get him, if it can be done,” was Tom’s reply to his business manager – and away to Washington went Yawkey.

Clark Griffith was found in his stadium offices. Tom did not beat about the bush. He said he wanted Cronin and mentioned a figure which must have taken the old fox’s breath away. “Take it or leave it; I’ll not be back,” was Yawkey’s shot as he rushed away for his New York train. And Griffith “took it.”

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