Update:This was an Old School Tuesday that was published over a year ago but in light of the fact that Rod Carew suffered a massive heart attack recently and is in need of a heart transplant, I thought it was fitting to repost this. In Addition there is a Sports Illustrated article on Rod Carew’s heart attack and his on going recovery. http://www.si.com/mlb/2015/11/23/rod-carew-heart-angels-twins#
One of the best pure contact hitters in Baseball, Rod Carew was never a home run threat (only 92 of his 3,053 hits were home runs), he made a career out of being a consistent contact hitter. He won 7 batting titles, and was a 18 time all star…like Wade Boggs, Carew’s lifetime batting Average is 328.Carew stole home seven times in the 1969 season to lead the majors, just missing Ty Cobb’s Major League record of eight and the most in the major leagues since Pete Reiser stole seven for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946. In 1972, Carew led the AL in batting, hitting .318; he had no home runs for the only time in his career. Through the 2013 season, Carew is the only player in the AL or in the modern era to win the batting title with no home runs.
Carew won the American League Batting Title 7 times in his career…332(1969) 318(1972) 350(1973) 364(1974) 359(1975) 388 (1977) 333 (1978)
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday Spotlights one of Baseball’s alltime best hitters…Rod Carew.
April 11, 1967 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1985 for the California Angels
Runs batted in
Minnesota Twins (1967–1978)
California Angels (1979–1985)
California / Anaheim Angels (1992–1999)
Milwaukee Brewers (2000–2001)
Career highlights and awards
18× All-Star (1967–1984)
AL MVP (1977)
AL Rookie of the Year (1967)