ROSEN's choice of lumber is a Louisville Slugger
(model O16) with barrel signature stamp.
THIS AL ROSEN MODEL
was the first bat brought over from
Sportsman's Park to the Original Sports Bar and
the only American League entry in the
BOOMING BATS of the '50s Commemorative Collection. Rosen the 1953 American League MVP, home
run and RBI leader used this bat in the Indian's final trip
to St. Louis in August of 1953 as the
Browns moved to Baltimore to become
the Orioles in 1954. The hard-hitting Cleveland third baseman
had two hits and belted his 29th round-tripper
of the season in the first game, an
8-7 win over the Browns. In the following day's double-header
the Brownies swept the Tribe 7-6 and
7-5 despite Rosen's four hits and four
RBIs for the day.
SEASON was Rosen's most productive
offensive year. Al lead the league
in home runs
with 43 and the Major Leagues in RBIs
with 145. He collected 201 hits and
hit a robust .336, leaving him
just .001 short
of the batting title and the Triple
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: 1953
Rosen was the Major League's first unanimous MVP
"Flip" won the AL home run title with
43, and knocked in a Major League high 145 runs, but his .336 average
left him just .0011 short of the Triple Crown.
IN HIS 10-year career Rosen had a
lifetime batting average of .285,
with 1,063 hits, 192 HRs and 717 RBIs.
Al Rosen began his Major League career on September
10, 1947 with the Cleveland Indians at the age of 24. He played
for 10 seasons and ended his big league playing career in 1956.
Having played parts of Major League seasons from 1947-49, Al became
the Indians full-time third-baseman in 1950. "Flip" as
he was fondly called by Tribe teammates, proceeded to drive in 100
or more runs for five consecutive seasons (l950-l954). He led the
American League in RBIs in l952 (105) and l953 (145).
Rosen was the American League home run champion twice. In l950,
still qualifying as a rookie, he hammered 37 round-trippers and
was the first American League freshman to win the home run title.
He won the American League home run title again in 1953 with 43
just missing the Triple Crown when his .336 batting average
fell .0011 short of Mickey Vernon's .337.
Rosen led the league in total bases in l952 and l953, as well as
slugging percentage in l953. He was elected to the Major League
all-star game four consecutive times, 1952-55, clubbing two home
runs and five RBIs in the l954 contest at home at Cleveland's Municipal
IN 1953, with his shirt sleeves cut to show
his bulging biceps, Rosen led the
American League in with 43 HRs
and 145 RBIs but lost
the batting title to Mickey Vernon
on the last day of the season by
When Rosen came up in 1947, his glove work was so bad that he posed
no immediate threat to slick-fielding Indian third baseman Ken Keltner.
But in 1950, Al's first full season, manager Lou Boudreau worked tirelessly
with the young slugger to improve his skills at the hot corner and
keep him in the line-up. All of the hard work payed off for everyone
with Rosen contributing a league leading 37 home runs, driving in
116 runs and honing his fielding skills sufficiently to lead the league
in assists. With his shirt sleeves cut to show his bulging (non-performance
enhanced) biceps, he went on to average almost 30 home runs and 110
RBIs a season over the next six years.
Rosen was the unanimous 1953 MVP after one of the best seasons in
history in which he also lead the American League in runs, time on
base, extra base hits, slugging, runs, OPS and total bases. In his
10 year career he had a lifetime batting average of .285, with 1,063
hits, 192 HRs and 717 RBIs.
Rosen's offensive performance fell off in 1956 due to nagging injuries,
including whiplash suffered in an auto accident. When the not so empathetic
Cleveland fans started booing the sensitive star for what they unjustly
perceived as a lack of effort and toughness, Rosen quit baseball at
age 32 to sell stocks and bonds. He was a very intelligent man and
had been training as a stockbroker in the off seasons.
He reentered baseball 20 years later as President of the Yankees.
He later served as the President of the Houston Astros, and then President
and General Manager of the San Franscisco Giants. His shrewd maneuvering
brought San Francisco from last place in 1985 to the NL West title
AL ROSEN: Did you know...
...Rosen missed the triple-crown in 1953 by .001. In the last game of the season, Rosen missed the first base bag when running out a sure hit which would have made Rosen the first Triple Crown winner since Ted Williams in 1947.
...Rosen used small nails to keep the grain
from splitting in the barrel of his bat. When discovered, the bat
was ruled illegal by umpire Charley Berry.
...Rosen, in first 4 full seasons, had 130 HRs and 463 RBIs.
...Rosen, a tough guy and amateur boxer, had his nose broken 11 times.
...Rosen, due to persistent injuries, was forced into premature retirement following the l956 season.
...Rosen was born February 29, 1924 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
IN THE 1954 ALL-STAR game played in Cleveland,
Rosen hit two consecutive home runs
and had five RBIs.
LEAD THE AMERICAN LEAGUE
in total bases in l952 and l953, as
well as slugging percentage in l953.