Rod Carew HOF 91 Inscribed Autographed Baseball with COA and Display
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Signed baseball includes COA & UV Ball Holder Display
Rod Carew won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year award in 1967 and was elected to the first of 18 consecutive All-Star game appearances. Carew stole home seven times in the 1969 season to lead the majors, just missing Ty Cobb's Major League record of eight and the most in the major leagues since Pete Reiser stole seven for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946. In 1972, Carew led the AL in batting, hitting .318; he had no home runs for the only time in his career. This was the first time since 1918, when Zack Wheat won the National League batting championship, that a player won the batting title with no home runs. In 1975, Carew won his fourth consecutive AL batting title. He joined Ty Cobb as the only players to lead the major leagues in batting average for three consecutive seasons. Seeing time predominantly at second base early in his career, Carew moved to first base in September 1975 and stayed there for the rest of his career. In the 1977 season, Carew batted .388, which was the highest since Boston's Ted Williams hit .388 in 1957; he won the 1977 AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. He had finished in the top 15 in AL MVP voting in every season between 1972 and 1976. In the summer of 1977, Carew appeared on the cover of Time with the caption "Baseball's Best Hitter". He won two more batting titles in 1977 and 1978, hitting .388 and .333. On February 3, Carew was traded to the Angels though Carew did not win a batting title after 1978, he hit between .305 and .339 from 1979 to 1983. On August 4, 1985, Carew joined an elite group of ballplayers when he got his 3,000th base hit against Minnesota Twins left-hander Frank Viola at the former Anaheim Stadium. Carew finished his career with 3,053 hits and a lifetime batting average of .328. Inducted into the baeball Hall Of Fame in 1991 and In a pre-game ceremony before the 2016 MLB All Star Game in San Diego, the American League batting championship trophy was named the Rod Carew American League Batting Championship Award.