There haven’t been many ‘’celebrities’’ to wear the Red Sox uniform as manager of the team.
Bobby Valentine fits the bill. He is a longtime manager with a colorful personality, and is also a restaurant owner and TV personality.
Kevin Kennedy and Terry Francona went on to become media people after managing the Red Sox, but most Boston managers have been lifelong baseball men. Still, Joe Cronin, Ralph Houk, and Joe McCarthy could be considered ‘’celebrity managers,’’ too.
Cronin was a Hall of Fame shortstop, playing most of his career with the Red Sox. He was a player-manager for the Senators and Red Sox, and later became general manager of the Red Sox and president of the American League.
Cronin originally signed with Pittsburgh but was purchased by the Senators in 1928 for $7,500, a big-time bonus baby. In 1930, Cronin hit .346 with 13 homers and 126 RBIs to launch a tremendous career. He hit over .300 eight times and had eight 100-RBI seasons.
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