38 Facts About Al Rosen


Al Rosen was selected for the All-Star Game from 1952 to 1955.

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Al Rosen appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1955.

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Al Rosen was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina to Louis and Rose Al Rosen.

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Al Rosen's father left the family shortly thereafter, and Rosen's mother and grandmother moved the family to Miami, Florida, when he was 18 months old.

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Al Rosen suffered from asthma as a child, which prompted his family to move further south.

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Al Rosen attended Riverside Elementary School, Ada Merritt Junior High School, and then Miami Senior High School for a year before attending Florida Military Academy in St Petersburg, Florida, on a boxing scholarship.

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Al Rosen left the university after a semester to play minor league baseball in North Carolina.

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Al Rosen enlisted in 1942, and spent four years in the US Navy fighting in the Pacific during World War II, delaying his professional baseball career.

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Al Rosen navigated an assault boat in the Battle of Okinawa.

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Al Rosen left the Navy as a lieutenant the following year, returning to baseball.

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Al Rosen played for the 1946 Pittsfield Electrics, where he was initially given a back-up role.

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Al Rosen played for the Oklahoma City Indians of the Texas League in 1947, and had one of the finest individual seasons in league history.

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Al Rosen played for the New York Yankees' Kansas City Blues farm team in 1948.

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Al Rosen was loaned to the Blues for the duration of the team's American Association season as part of a deal that sent reliever Charley Wensloff from the Yankees to the Indians.

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Al Rosen was named Rookie of the Year in the American Association for his play with the Blues.

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Al Rosen made his first appearance in the major leagues in 1947 at the age of 23.

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In 1948, Al Rosen played most of the year in minor leagues with the Kansas City Blues, before joining the Indians in September.

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Al Rosen played in the 1948 World Series as a reserve behind regular third baseman Ken Keltner despite only playing five games during the season after the Indians requested his inclusion on the World Series roster.

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When Keltner was traded in 1950, Al Rosen took over as the Indians' third baseman, leading the American League in home runs with 37, hitting more than any previous American League rookie.

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Al Rosen homered in four straight games in June, a feat unmatched by an Indians rookie until Jason Kipnis in 2011.

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Al Rosen remained the most recent AL rookie to record at least 100 walks until Aaron Judge in 2017.

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In 1951 Al Rosen led the league in games played, and was fifth in the league in RBIs, extra-base hits, and walks.

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Al Rosen hit four grand slams, a team season record that was not broken until Travis Hafner hit five in 2006.

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Al Rosen led the American League with 105 RBIs and 297 total bases in 1952.

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Al Rosen came in tenth in the American League MVP Award voting.

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Al Rosen came in second in OBP, and third in hits, and tied for eighth in stolen bases.

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Al Rosen was elected American League MVP by a unanimous vote, the first to be elected unanimously since the original "Hebrew Hammer", Hank Greenberg.

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Al Rosen hit consecutive home runs in the All-Star game despite a broken finger, earning him the game MVP.

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In 1955 Al Rosen finished in the top ten in the league in at-bats per home run, walks, and sacrifice flies.

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Al Rosen's maneuvering brought San Francisco from last place in 1985 to the NL West title in 1987 and the NL pennant in 1989, earning him the National League Executive of the Year honors.

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In 1979, Al Rosen appeared with Spec Richardson in a television commercial entitled "Baseball Executives" for Miller Lite, as one of the commercials in the legendary "Great Taste, Less Filling" advertising campaign.

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Al Rosen occasionally consulted for baseball teams, including a stint with the Yankees as special assistant to the general manager in 2001 and 2002.

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Al Rosen was featured in the 2010 movie narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story.

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Al Rosen was tough, an amateur boxer, and had a reputation for standing up to anyone who dared insult his ancestry.

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When Ed Sullivan, himself a Catholic with a Jewish wife, suggested that Al Rosen might be Catholic, pointing to his habit of drawing a "cross" in the dirt with his bat, Al Rosen said the mark was an "x" and told Sullivan he wished his name were more Jewish so he wouldn't be mistaken for Catholic.

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Sox pitcher Saul Rogovin, Jewish, remembered an angry Al Rosen striding belligerently to the dugout and challenging the "son of a bitch" to a fight.

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Al Rosen challenged another opposing player who had "slurred [his] religion" to fight him under the stands.

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Hank Greenberg recalled that Al Rosen "want[ed] to go into the stands and murder" fans who hurled anti-Semitic insults at him.

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