Joe Cronin

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Joe Cronin, SS


Career: 1926-45, Red Sox, Senators
Fun fact: Served as AL president for 24 years

It used to be that shortstops didn't hit for power, but Cronin was a rare exception, posting a career .857 OPS. Many of the dents in the Green Monster can be attributed to him; he hit more than 40 doubles on six occasions, twice leading the league.

Cronin held pretty much every possible post-playing job within the game, serving as Red Sox manager, GM and league president.

Previous rank: 98