A Brief History
On August 10, 1933, baseball legendary slugger Rocco Domenico “Rocky” Colavito Jr was born in New York. An all-time fan favorite in Cleveland and popular in the other cities he played in, Colavito seems like a perfect match to be in the Hall of Fame, so why is he not enshrined?
Here are some of his credentials: 11 consecutive 20 home run seasons (5th AL player to do so), 3 times 40 home run seasons, led the league in RBI’s, home runs, and slugging once each, retired as 3rd highest AL homer hitting outfielder (371 career homers), 9 time All Star, first AL outfielder to post 1.000 fielding percent in a season, hit home runs in 4 consecutive at bats (1959, MLB record tied with 6 others), and pitched in 2 MLB games, winning 1, losing 0 and not allowing a run!
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For more information, please see…
Pluto, Terry. The Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump. Gray & Company, 2007.
Sommer, Mark. Rocky Colavito: Cleveland’s Iconic Slugger. McFarland, 2019.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Sherwood Harrington of Colavito batting for the Kansas City A’s during Spring training in 1964, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
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