The winningest manager in Red Sox history (1071-916) and the longest-tenured (13 seasons) Joe Cronin came to Boston as so many others did – via owner Tom Yawkey’s checkbook. Cronin was the 26-year-old player-manager of the Washington Senators owned by cash strapped Clark Griffith when in 1934, Yawkey gave Griffith $250,000 to sell his son-in-law, Cronin, to the Red Sox.
Cronin signed a five-year deal and began an 11-year playing career with the Red Sox. Cronin’s numbers in Boston were remarkable with a .300 average and 119 home runs. He also won another 165 games as manager of the Senators including the 1933 American League pennant.
In 1947, Cronin moved into the General manager position for the Red Sox and attempted to build another pennant winner for Yawkey, but failed despite the money and some rather successful trades. In 1959, Cronin became president of the AL and eventually into the Baseball Hall of Fame.