Carew, Rod

Rodney Cline Carew
Born: October 1, 1945, Gatun, Canal Zone, Panama
Played For: 
Minnesota Twins (1967-1978), California Angels (1979-1985)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1991

Rod Carew lined, chopped and bunted his way to 3,053 career hits. His seven batting titles are surpassed only by Ty Cobb, Tony Gwynn and Honus Wagner, and equaled only by Rogers Hornsby and Stan Musial. He used a variety of relaxed, crouched batting stances to hit over .300 in 15 consecutive seasons with the Twins and Angels, achieving a .328 lifetime average. He was honored as American League Rookie of the Year in 1967, won the league MVP 10 years later and was named to 18 straight All-Star teams. He remains a national hero in Panama.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Rod Carew's seven steals of home in 1969 is a single-season total surpassed only by Ty Cobb?
He has an uncanny ability to move the ball around as if the bat were some kind of magic wand.
Ken Holtzman