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Carew, Rod

Rodney Cline Carew

A Hall of Famer who is one of the great contact hitters in modern history, Carew won seven batting titles (four in a row) and had a .328 lifetime average over a glorious 19-year career. A Panamanian who married a Jewish woman, Rod never converted, though he studied Judaism and wore a Mogen David. We mention him here on this web site because the question of his Jewishness often arises among Jewish fans. He has stated that he is not Jewish and does not plan to convert.

Birth and Death Dates:
October 1, 1945

Career Highlights:
Carew compiled over 3,000 hits in his career (3,015)and led the American League in batting seven times, four of them consecutive (1972-75). He led the league in hits three times, and in runs once. He played in four World Series, two with Minnesota, two with California. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991.

Career Dates:

Second base (1130 games) and first base (1184 games), but also some shortstop, third base and DH. He played the outfield only once in his entire 19-year career, in a game in 1978.

Physical description:
6 feet, 170 pounds. Bats left, throws right.

Career Statistics:
Games: 2469
Batting Avg.: .328
Slugging Avg.: .429

At-bats: 9315
Hits: 3015
Doubles: 445
Triples: 112

Home Runs: 92
Home Run %: 1.0
Runs: 1424
RBI: 1015

BB: 1018
Strike Outs: 1028
Stolen Bases: 353

Pinch Hitting
At-bats: 124
Hits: 40

Fielding Statistics
Put-outs: 13510
Assists: 3709
Errors: 260
Double-plays: 1796

Total Chances per Game: 7.3
Fielding Avg: .985

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