Up for sale is a Very Rare 1924 School Annual Called “The Blue and White” for Sacred Heart College and High School in San Francisco, California. Famous and interesting students in this extremely rare yearbook includes senior high school student Joe Cronin who became a Major League Baseball (MLB) player from 1926 to 1945 and manager from 1933 to 1947, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1956. Joe Cronin has a nice individual posed head shot photograph and is pictured in an entirely different individually posed head shot as president of the banking class. Furthermore, he has a great full-body photograph with the other three members of the baseball team infield. Joe was captain of the team, and as of the writing of the yearbook they were undefeated in league play, and predicting a championship. He also played on the heavyweight basketball team. He became a Major League baseball player from 1926 to 1945 and manager from 1933 to 1947. He was a shortstop and was an all-star seven times. In 1930, Cronin had a break out year, batting .346 with 13 home runs and 126 RBI. Cronin won both the AL Writers' MVP (forerunner of BBWAA official MVP established in 1931) and the AL Sporting News MVP for his work in 1930. His 1931 season was also outstanding, posting a .306 average, 12 home runs and 126 RBI. Cronin assumed managerial duties in 1933, a role he would continue with the Boston Red Sox, the team he was traded to prior to the 1935 season, by Senators' owner Clark Griffith - his own uncle-in-law. Cronin's playing career finished in 1945 but he remained a manager until 1947. Over his career, Cronin batted .300 or higher eight times as well as knocking in 100 runs or more eight times. He finished with a .301 average, 170 home runs and 1424 RBI. As a manager, he compiled a 1,236-1,055 record and won two American League championships (in 1933 and 1946). His 1933 Senators dropped the 1933 World Series to the New York Giants in six games, and his 1946 Bosox lost the 1946 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven contests. At the end of the 1947 season, he succeeded Eddie Collins as general manager of the Red Sox and continued in that post through 1958. The Red Sox challenged for the AL pennant in 1948-49 (finishing second by a single game both seasons) thanks to Cronin's aggressive trades, but they began a slow decline during the 1950s and did not seriously contend after 1950. The Red Sox lavished bonus contracts on a series of young players who never became stars, and were the last team in major league baseball to integrate its roster. In January 1959, Cronin was elected president of the American League, the first former player to be so elected. Six months later, on July 21, 1959, infielder Pumpsie Green was recalled from the AAA Minneapolis Millers, becoming the first African-American to wear a Red Sox uniform. Cronin served as AL president until the end of 1973, when he was succeeded by Lee MacPhail. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (with Hank Greenberg) in 1956. Joe Cronin died at the age of 77 on September 7, 1984 in Osterville, Massachusetts, and is buried in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in nearby Centerville. Joe Cronin's number 4 was retired by the Boston Red Sox on May 29, 1984. In 1999, he was named as a finalist to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Other highlights of this issue include it being the Golden Jubilee Number celebrating the 50th birthday of the school. Much of the annual is dedicated to all the events that occurred at this grand celebration, and some of the changes that have taken place at the school in the first fifty years. This book contains photographs of students from the 7th grade to the college senior. The football team had their best year ever behind the play of guys like Charles Kirksey, Matthew Brady, Biedeman Kidwell, Elliott Enos, and others. The golf team won the Interscholastic Championship of the Bay Counties behind the play of guys like Jack Cannon, John Dillon, and Robert Powers. This book has a page in the back filled with student and teacher autographs. Who knows but we might have an early signature of a celebrity! This is a typical yearbook with all the normal sections you’d expect to find in a school annual; i.e. individual and group photos, teachers and staff, clubs and organizations, campus life, activities, pictures of the period building interiors and exteriors, cars, music and theater, beautiful women, sports teams, pictures from around the community, advertisements and much more! The ads are great too and include Pacific Telephone & Telegraph, Kleiber Motor Cars & Trucks, Creyer’s Market, George Feneley’s Billiard Parlor and many more! Condition: Very Good. The only wear is to the soft cover, which is quite typical of vintage yearbooks of this age. The cover is still securely attached, but it does have tattering along the edges and about a three-inch tear along the spine. The binding is tight: there are no loose or missing pages, no water or moisture damage, or other distractions.