Rod Carew Biography

Rod Carew Biography

Rod Carew was born on October 1, 1945. Rod Carew was born in the town of Gatún. Rod Carew played as a Major League Baseball infielder for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels from 1967 to 1985.

Born: October 1, 1945, Gatún, Panama
Number: 29
Position: Infielder
Spouse: Rhonda Carew (m. 2001), Marilynn Levy (m. 1970–2000)
Children: Michelle Carew, Devon Carew, Cheyenne Carew
Nationality: American, Panamanian

Early Life

  • Rod Carew mother was a Panamanian mother and gave him birth on a train.
  • The train was racially separated for white and non-whites.
  • A white passenger was provided forward cars but like Rod Carew’s mother as she was a while non-white was bound to travel in the rearward cars.
  • A Jewish physician who was traveling on the same train, Dr. Rodney Cline assisted in delivering the baby and therefore named him Rodney Cline Carew.
  • The Rod Carew’s family moved to the United States when Rod Carew was 14.
  • They settled in the Washington Heights section of the borough of Manhattan in New York.
  • Rod Carew studied from George Washington High School.

Step to Success

  • Rod Carew signed an amateur free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins after his graduation. Later Carew joined as a teammate of first baseman Harmon Killebrew.
  • In 1967, Rod Carew received the American League's Rookie of the Year award.
  • Carew won seven batting titles in all till Rod Carew played. In 1972, Rod Carew played with the American League and led the team in batting and hitting .318 without hitting a single home run.
  • In 1977 season Rod Carew hit .388, which was the highest hit since Boston's Ted Williams hit in 1941.
  • For his efforts and performance Rod Carew won the American League's Most Valuable Player award. Moreover, Rod Carew and Ty Cobb are the only players to lead both leagues in hitting in three consecutive seasons.
  • Rod Carew achieved the same status in 1973, 1974, and 1975.
  • He stole home 17 times in his career.

Revolutionary Step of Rod Carew

  • In 1975, Rod Carew moved to first base in to expand his career.
  • Rod Carew was disappointed by the racist comments made by team owner Calvin Griffith.
  • So Rod Carew decided to leave the team in 1979.
  • In 1985, Rod Carew joined a reputed group of ballplayers and played his 3,000th base hit against Minnesota Twins left-hander Frank Viola.
  • After the 1985 season Rod Carew a received no contract offers from other teams.
  • It was due to a conspiracy against Rod Carew that baseball owners were not offering and keeping him away from games.
  • In 1995, Thomas Roberts ruled that Rod Carew had indeed violated the rules of baseball's second collusion agreement, so Rod Carew had to pay damages approximately $782,036.
  • Rod Carew ended his career with 3,053 hits and a batting average of .328 throughout his career.

Achievements

  • In 1991, Rod Carew was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Rod Carew was the 22nd player elected to the baseball hall of fame.
  • In 1999, Rod Carew was ranked #61 on the list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.
  • Rod Carew was also nominated as a finalist for All-Century Team of Major League Baseball. Rod Carew moved to community of Anaheim Hills in California when Rod Carew was playing with the Angels.
  • He was in California when Rod Carew announced his retirement.
  • After his retirement, Rod Carew worked as a hitting coach for the Angels and the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • He is credited with helping develop young champions like Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds, and Tim Salmon.

Later Life

  • In 2004, National Stadium located in Panama City was renamed "Rod Carew Stadium". In 2005, Carew was given title of the second baseman on the Major League Baseball Latino Legends Team.
  • In 2006, Rod Carew joined as the spokesperson for the Solid Contact Baseball Company located in Connecticut.
  • It has developed a product known as “GAP Hitter", which simulates fastballs, curveballs and sliders.
  • Rod Carew had a daughter, Michelle.
  • Unfortunately, Michelle was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Despite lot of efforts, a matching donor for a bone marrow transplant could not be found. Michelle Carew died in 1996 at the age of 18.
  • Her statue has been installed in Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
  • Carew use to chew tobacco and was a regular user.
  • In 1992, a cancerous growth in his mouth was discovered and removed. Prolonged eating of tobacco has heavily damaged his teeth and gums, and Rod Carew has spent around $100,000 in his dental treatment. 

Quotes

"Your first hit in the majors - that's tops. It means you're on your way. When you get the first hit, then you can get the rest."
- Rod Carew

"Hitting is an art, but not an exact science."
- Rod Carew

"(Calvin) Griffith is horse spit. They (the Twins) are penny pinchers. They take everything they can get and give nothing in return."
- Rod Carew

"He cared. I love him. I'm going to miss him."
- Rod Carew

"The way they dress here (California), your head is always in the stands. All those bikinis, your eyes get tired."
- Rod Carew