1967-1978 Minnesota Twins, 1979-1985 California Angels
Rodney Cline Carew. . .1967 American League Rookie of the Year. . .Won seven American League batting championships four of them in consecutive years. . .18 straight allstar games. . .1977 was named the AL and Major League Baseball Most Valuable player. . .Born October 1, 1945, in Gamboa, Panama...
Rodney Cline Carew was born October 1, 1945 in Gamboa, Panama. He joined the Marine Corps in 1965, and served on active duty with Headquarters Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd FSSG at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He completed his Marine Corps career serving in the reserves from 1966 to 1971.
A right-handed thrower and left-handed hitter with excellent speed, Carew joined the Minnesota Twins in 1967 as a second baseman. He won his first of seven batting championships with a .332 mark in 1969. He batted .366 the following year, but did not qualify for the championship because an injury limited him to only 191 at-bats.
Four of his titles came in consecutive seasons, with averages of .318 in 1972, .350 in 1973, .364 in 1974, and .359 in 1975. He slipped to .331 in 1976, when he began playing primarily at first base. Carew then had his finest season, winning the American League's most valuable player award by leading the league with a batting average of .388. Carew's 1977 average was the highest in the major leagues since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941
Carew's final batting championship came in 1978, when he hit .333. That same year he was traded to the California Angels. Carew continued to maintain a batting average over .300 the next five seasons. Limited by injuries in 1984, he batted a respectable .295; when he retired in 1985 his season average was .280.
Career Totals: Games: 2,469, Hits: 3,053, Home Runs: 92, Stolen Bases: 353, Runs Scored: 1,424, Runs Batted In: 1,015.