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From BR Bullpen
Montford Montgomery Cross
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Weight 148 lb.
- Debut September 27, 1892
- Final Game October 4, 1907
- Born August 31, 1869 in Philadelphia, PA USA
- Died June 21, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA USA
 Biographical Information
Monte Cross played fifteen years as a shortstop, split between the 19th and 20th Centuries. His batting averages, although low, are to some extent due to playing in the dead-ball era. He added to his value with an ability to draw walks and to steal bases.
The first home run of the 20th century was hit on April 19, 1900, by Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Monte Cross - a relatively weak-hitting shortstop. He smashed a three-run homer, on the way to a 19-17 victory over the Boston Beaneaters.
After his major league career ended, Cross was a minor league player-manager with two teams: the Kansas City Blues in 1908-09 and the Scranton Miners in 1910-11. In 1913, he finished out the season as the non-playing manager of the Bridgeport Crossmen in the Eastern Association.
In 1914, he was an umpire in the Federal League.
Cross was the head coach at University of Maine in 1916-1921.
After baseball, he worked as a clothing salesman for Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, PA.