Sunday, January 25, 2015

1/25: Greenburg, Cronin Get the Call; Clemente Cashes In...

Greenburg, Cronin Get the Call; Clemente Cashes In...
  • 1956 - SS Joe Cronin and OF Hank Greenburg were elected to the Hall of Fame. Both were considered to be among the top RH hitters of their era and had brief stops in Pittsburgh. Cronin started as a Pirate in 1926-27 and played sparingly before breaking out for Washington and Boston, while Greenburg spent 1947, his last MLB season, as a Bucco, hitting 25 HR and served as a mentor to up-and-coming slugger Ralph Kiner. They were inducted on July 23rd. 
Joe Cronin 1926 - via tnfoto Out of the Ballpark Development
  • 1967 - Roberto Clemente signed a $100,000 contract, then the highest in Pirate history. The Great One’s payday topped Ralph Kiner’s $90,000 deal of 1952. He joined the MLB elite of players with a six-figure deal. The others on the short list were Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson.

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