August 31, 1869|
|Died: June 21, 1934
|September 27, 1892, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1907, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Runs batted in||621|
Montford Montgomery Cross (August 31, 1869 – June 21, 1934), was an American Major League Baseball baseball player. He played fifteen seasons in the majors, between 1892 and 1907, for five different teams.
Cross played most of his career in Philadelphia, where he was the starting shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1898 until 1901. At that point, he jumped to the new American League and the crosstown Philadelphia Athletics. He was their starting shortstop from 1902 until 1904, including the 1902 team that won the AL pennant in the year before the World Series began play.
After batting just .189 in 1904, Cross relinquished the starting role to 19-year-old rookie John Knight for much of 1905, when the Athletics won their second pennant. After batting .266 in his part-time role, Cross regained the starting role in 1906 when Knight was moved to third base to replace Lave Cross, who had been sold to the Washington Senators. However, he batted just .200, and would be replaced as the starter once again in 1907, this time by Simon Nicholls.
His major league career ended that season, but Monte Cross remained in the industry, playing in three minor leagues from 1908 to 1911. He umpired in the Federal League for 141 games in the 1914 season. In 1915, Cross played semiprofessionally, for the Media, Pennsylvania, team in the Delaware County League at age 46.
Cross coached the Maine Black Bears baseball team from 1916–1921, the longest tenure of any coach to that point in the program's history. In his six seasons, Maine had a record of 33-33-3. An April 1916 article in the Lewiston Daily Sun said of Cross, "His easy-going, but nevertheless strict instructions and discipline, together with the knowledge of the inside features of the National game, and the manner in which he teaches them, make an everlasting impression on the students, players, and managers."
Head coaching records
Below is a table of Cross's yearly records as a collegiate head baseball coach.
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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- "Monte Cross Is Well Liked as Coach of University of Maine Baseball Team". Lewiston Daily Sun. April 7, 1916. p. 9. Archived from the original on August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
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