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Hall of Famer Joe Cronin waives notice of most likely the last meeting of the Directors of the 1948 Oroville Red Sox – the first place team was disbanded after their only season.

Typed Document Signed “Joseph E. Cronin,” one page, 8.5” x 11”. Boston, Massachusetts, November 19, 1948. Three file holes at blank left edge. Fine condition.

Headed “Oroville Baseball Club, Inc. / Waiver of Notice / of Meeting of Board of Directors / November 19, 1948.” In full, “We, the undersigned, being all of the Directors of the Oroville Baseball Club, Inc., hereby waive notice of the time, place and purpose of the meeting of the Directors of said Company and appoint Friday, November 19, 1948 at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon as the time, and 24 Jersey Street, Boston, Massachusetts, as the place of said meeting.” Also signed by the other director of the Oroville Baseball Club, “Hiram W. Mason.”

The Oroville Red Sox were the Class D farm team of the Red Sox in the Far West League. When the Far West League was organized in 1948, Boston placed a team in Oroville, California. The team finished the season in first place, but would only last the 1948 season as the Boston Red Sox decided to reduce their minor league affiliations. This was undoubtedly what was discussed at the November 19, 1948 meeting in Boston. The Far West League lasted until 1951.

Joe Cronin was the manager of the Boston Red Sox from 1933-1947. At the end of the 1947 season, he became General Manager of the Red Sox and continued in that post through January 1959 when he was elected President of the American League (1959-1973). In 1956, Cronin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

It is interesting to note that in 1949, just a few months after this document was signed, the Boston Red Sox had scouted Willie Mays. Howard Bryant on ESPN.com wrote in 2009, “‘There's no telling what I would have been able to do in Boston,” Willie Mays once told me. ‘To be honest, I really thought I was going to Boston. They had a guy come down to look at me. They had a good team with [Mel Parnell and [Vern Stephens, and of course, Ted. But for that [Tom Yawkey. Everyone knew he was a racist. He didn't want me.’ … And of course, there was the original sin: Jackie Robinson’s humiliating 1945 tryout with Boston that ended with Robinson and the Red Sox -- manager Joe Cronin, in particular -- as lifelong enemies. The Red Sox were not serious about signing Robinson; by the time he retired following the 1956 season, the Sox still hadn’t integrated.” It’s probably more than a coincidence that just six months after Cronin left his post as Red Sox General Manager, Pumpsie Green became the first Black ballplayer to play for the Red Sox. Boston was the last of the 16 teams in the Major Leagues to integrate, twelve years after Jackie Robinson. Tom Yawkey owned the Boston Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976.

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