20 July 2014

john 'jack' cronin, dodger franchise double dipper

i have never understood how someone named 'john' is sometimes called 'jack'.  people named 'jack' aren't called 'john' as far as i know.  here we have john cronin according to his 1990 target dodger card, 
but he was known as jack cronin during his playing days.  those days spanned a decade from 1895 until 1904, and included two stints with the brooklyn nine.  jack cronin was a dodger franchise double dipper.

[this is the seventyseventh installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler,  harry howellgermany smithjohnny allenmarv rackleybobo newsom, maury wills, dazzy vance, ray hayworth, and zack taylor.]

cronin began his career in 1895 with the brooklyn grooms, appearing as a reliever in two games and earning what we would today call saves in each of his appearances, despite a 10.80 era.  he wouldn't make it back to the big leagues until 1898, and this time he was a member of the pittsburgh pirates.  from there, he went to the reds for the 1899 season and then on to detroit where he pitched for the minor league tigers in 1900 and stayed with them as they became a major league team a year later.

in 1901, he won a career high 13 games for the tigers, although he lost 16.  cronin split his 1902 season between the tigers, baltimore orioles, and new york giants, pitching well enough for john mcgraw's team that he returned to the club for the 1903 season.  that year cronin enjoyed his only winning season, going 6-4, but was rewarded by being traded to the brooklyn superbas after the season ended.

back in brooklyn, cronin won 12 games but lost 23 despite a 2.70 era for what was just a horrible team. still, he had become one of the first players to meet my double dipping criteria.  there are actually only a couple more of these guys to post about, and you can bet i am keeping my fingers crossed for a jamey wright card in this year's update set!

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