When Rod Carew joined the Minnesota Twins in 1967 and batted .292 his freshman year, people quickly learned he knew how to hit. He was tapped with the Rookie of the Year award for his efforts. It was also one of only four seasons over a 19-year career in which he didn’t hit above .300. Seven time batting champ, including four in a row from 1972-1975. Carew hit an astounding .388 in 1977, winning the MVP. An All Star every year he played except for the last, only three other players started in more Midsummer Classics: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken.
Carew was born to Panamanian parents in the Panama Canal Zone. He immigrated to New York City when he was seventeen.
April 22, 2012