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Feb. 21, 1948

Red Sox General Manager Joe Cronin nearly got clipped for a hefty tab at the store where he usually bought his hats.

Not baseball caps – the hats that all men wore in the days when suits, ties and fancy hats were the norm.

According to a report in the Boston Globe, two Boston police detectives went into the shop, on the prowl for shoplifters. They stumbled upon a man who allegedly called into the store earlier in the day, claiming he was Joe Cronin and telling the clerk that a friend would be coming in later in the day, and that anything he wanted should be put on Cronin’s tab.

The pseudo-Joe picked out some hats, socks and ties, then was fitted for an $80 suit.

The detectives looked over to the clerk upon hearing Cronin’s name. They recognized the thief as a regular they had hauled in a time or two.

According to the story, the detectives were Yankee fans.

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