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C.A.: 1992 Fleer Chris Cron

(Today is National Handwriting Day. You don't need me to tell you that modern athletes' handwriting is abysmal. Look at any number of autograph cards on the market. It baffles me that people collect scribbles that look like they were created by a 16-month old. But handwriting doesn't mean as much to the general public as it once did, and the story goes that National Handwriting Day was created in part because of a fear that the art of handwriting was being lost. This was in 1977. Little did they know ... . Time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 288th in a series).

Whenever I page a set into a new binder, potential blog topics always pop up in my brain.

Such was the case as I was adding my 2019 Topps Holiday set into a brand new red binder. I just completed the "task," which took me four days because my goodness life hates baseball card activities, and no less than three blog ideas sprouted from that activity.

None of them are particularly fascinating. But I found them interesting and that is exactly all the requirements needed for a blog post on NOC.

One of those thoughts came about when I added two similar players that were just two cards apart: Cards HW92 and HW94.

The Crons are brothers. You probably knew that.

The Crons are both sons of Chris Cron, who also played in the major leagues. You probably knew that, too.

But I didn't know that. It took paging a complete set to figure that out.

C.J. Cron has been in the majors for more than five years. He's spent most of his time with the Angels, which means he barely registers with me. Got to be Trout or Pujols if you're going to play on the Angels and get noticed.

Kevin Cron -- which is two digits short of Kevin Cronin, the lead singer for REO Speedwagon -- played 39 games for the Diamondbacks last year, his first season in the majors. I heard of him briefly, because he plays for a Dodgers division rival.

Chris Cron?

Yeah, no idea.

I knew I had a card of his. I knew it was from 1992 Fleer with that ugly yellow Fleer used for the prospects cards in 1992. But that's all I knew.

It turns out he played in 12 whole major league games -- six with the Angels and six with the White Sox. Besides his 1992 Fleer card, he also appears with the White Sox on a 1993 Fleer card. And he's on some minor league cards and such.

But Cron, now the manager for the Diamondbacks' Triple A team in Reno, Nevada, is one of the very few major league players with not one, but two sons to reach the major leagues.

That seems like something everyone should know about. Chris Cron should be world-famous by now.

Here is a list of the former MLB players to send more than one son to the major leagues:

1. Sandy Alomar (Roberto Alomar, Sandy Alomar Jr.)
2. Buddy Bell (David Bell, Mike Bell)
3. Bob Boone (Aaron Boone, Bret Boone)
4. Jimmy Cooney (Jimmy Cooney, Johnny Cooney)
5. Chris Cron (C.J. Cron, Kevin Cron)
6. Dave Duncan (Chris Duncan, Shelley Duncan)
7. Larry Gilbert (Charlie Gilbert, Tookie Gilbert)
8. Sammy Hairston (Jerry Hairston, Johnny Hairston)
9. Jerry Hairston (Jerry Hairston Jr., Scott Hairston)
10. Dave LaRoche (Adam LaRoche, Andy LaRoche)
11. Manny Mota (Andy Mota, Jose Mota)
12. Tony Pena (Tony Pena, Francisco Pena)
13. Kevin Romine (Andrew Romine, Austin Romine)
14. George Sisler (Dave Sisler, Dick Sisler)
15. Mel Stottlemyre (Todd Stottlemyre, Mel Stottlemyre)
16. Dixie Walker (Dixie Walker, Harry Walker)

That's it. That is one exclusive club.

With the exception of Larry Gilbert, who played for the 1914-15 Braves, and Jimmy Cooney, who played in the 1890s, I knew about all those other baseball families. They are very well-established and tales about all of them have been part of baseball talk for years.

Perhaps this will happen for Chris Cron now.

I think it will be more a case of the sons outshining the dad, like with the Alomars, than the dad overshadowing the sons, like with the Motas.

That's probably already the case, given Chris Cron's 25 whole major league at-bats.

It's amazing what you can figure out going through your baseball cards.

Even if it's probably old news to a lot of fans by now.

(Thanks, baseball-almanac).


Nordstrom99 said…
I think you might have missed Cal Ripken, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Billy Ripken? Although I don't know if Sr, was actually a player...he was a little before my time? I'm an 80s kid, so Cal Jr was one of the guys I saw!
night owl said…
Yeah, Cal Sr. never played in the majors.
Jeremya1um said…
He also has a 1992 Donruss card with the Angels.
BaseSetCalling said…
No, I didn't know that. But now I do!

I should probably know that about the players who will play for my team this year, even when no one else knows who plays for the team any more.

But that's why...I collect baseball cards.
Jamie Meyers said…
I met Chris Cron when he was managing in the Tigers' system awhile back now. Really nice guy. I take it that his sons are pretty cool too, from what I've read. I have a large autograph collection and I agree that most modern day players' scribbles are crap. I think most of the people interested are young kids who are prospecting. There's no shortage of those people out there and they've made 'graphing much less enjoyable. I've gotten to the point where I'm mostly just concerned with getting old timers who've actually accomplished something.
Nick Vossbrink said…
Another from the Cal Sr dept is Felipe Alou who has one son who played in the Majors and another who'll presumably manage…
Fuji said…
I'm the outlier, but you probably knew that ;) I've never heard of Chris or Kevin until this post. And I recognize CJ (mainly from stumbling across his rookie cards over the past few years), but couldn't tell you much about him.

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