This Day In History: 2000-01-31

January 31, 1959: Former Red Sox manager and general manager Joe Cronin signs a seven-year contract to become President of the American League; Cronin who had been the player-manager of the Red Sox from 1935 to 1945, the bench manager in 1946-1947, and GM from 1948 to 1958, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956.

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