All-Time Indians: Al Rosen

Name: Albert Leonard Rosen Position: Third Base
Nick Name: Flip Number: 7
Tribe Time: 1947-1956 DOB: 02/29/1924
Accolades: 1953 MVP, 4 Time All-Star (1952-1955), Top 20 MVP (1950, 1952, 1954)
Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP
Best Season (1953) 155 599 115 201 27 5 43 145 367 85 54 8 6 57% .422 .613 .336 1.035 .277
Career 1044 3725 603 1063 165 20 192 717 1844 587 385 39 33 54% .386 .495 .285 .881 .210
Post Season Career 4 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0% .286 .231 .231 .517 .000

 

In 1953 Al Rosen won the American League MVP. It was the second time the award went to a Cleveland Indian in five years (Lou Boudreau, 1948) and the third all-time (George Burns, 1926). Since then, no Indian has won an MVP. He certainly deserved the award that year as well. Al lead the league in runs scored, home runs, RBI as well as slugging percent. He took all the first place votes and beat out runner-up Yogi Berra 336 to 167. His 145 RBI that season remain third in the annuls of Indians history behind only Manny Ramirez (165 in 1999) and Hal Trosky (162 in 1936).

Although his numbers weren’t quite Hall of Fame worthy (he played his entire career with the Indians, so his Indians numbers are the same as his career numbers), he is a member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame and an important part of team history. Aside from the MVP, Rosen still ranks ninth in career home runs as an Indian and he was one of only five players to play in both the 1948 and 1954 World Series. Al Rosen, along with Larry Doby, powered the 1954 team to the best record in team history, only to falter when it really mattered as he went 3 for 12 in the three games he played. Luckily for Al, he had already received his World Series ring in 1948. 

After his career as a player, Rosen came back to baseball in 1978 when he became president of the New York Yankees. He also ran the Astros and Giants later in his life. Al Rosen ranks high on the list of greatest Indians third basemen of all time.

Al Rosen

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