Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics: Rod Carew
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Panama’s Rod Carew was one of the greatest hitters in major league baseball history. He was a seven-time American League hitting champion, had 18 straight All-Star appearances, was the American League Most Valuable Player (1977) and had 3053 career hits with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1991.
Born in 1945 in the Canal Zone in Panama on a train in the rear of a segregated car, he was named Rodney by his mother to honor the physician who raced back to help deliver him. His family immigrated to New York City in 1960 where he was an excellent high school student and played semi-pro baseball before entering the minor leagues and then the majors, becoming Rookie of the Year in 1967 for the Minnesota Twins.
But Rod Carew’s story after his major league playing career ended is a humanitarian one – a combination of both medical and personal tragedy, resilience and astonishing coincidence. Listen to Danielle and Doc today for an amazing “fact is stranger than fiction” story.
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