Thursday, December 9, 2010

1955 Topps #70 - Al Rosen

Al 'Flip' Rosen (b. 1925) was a heck of a ball player for a brief period. He played from 1947 to 1956, all for the Indians, but didn't really establish himself until the 1950 season. He was the 1953 AL MVP and led the league in home runs in 1950 and 1953. He missed the batting title (and thus the Triple Crown) in 1953 by less than a percentage point. Ouch. Back and leg injuries shortened his career and he retired at the age of 32 in 1956. He is another player where you have to wonder what if he had the medical technology back then that we have available now. He retired with 1,063 hits, 192 home runs, and a .285 average. He was a part of the 1948 World Series Champion Indians and was also an All Star in 1952 through 1955.

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