Rookies of the Year

Bob Bloss
Book Cover

PB: $19.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-165-5

HC: $31.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-164-8
Publication: Apr 05

224 pages
6 x 9
119 tables, 53 halftones

A compendium of baseball's brightest prospects since 1947

Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 (pdf).


Baseball players only have one opportunity to be named "Rookie of the Year" by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Although some recipients of this prestigious award such as Orlando Cepeda have become league MVPs, or Hall of Fame honorees, others, like Joe Charboneau, failed to live up to their initial promise. Rookies of the Year profiles 116 winners-from Jackie Robinson (the first Rookie of the Year in 1947), to Rod Carew, Derek Jeter, and the 2004 honorees. Each player's initial major league season and subsequent career achievements are included. Featuring interviews with dozens of baseball stars, this is the most comprehensive book ever written on Rookies of the Year. It provides indispensable information on some of baseball's greatest athletes.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: One and Done 1. The Jackie Robinson Award: A Jewel in the Legacy of Baseball's First Rookie of the Year Chronological Listing of Rookies of the Year (1947-2004) 2. First Steps toward Cooperstown: Rookies of the Year in the Hall of Fame 3. A Double Helping of Hardware: Rookies of the Year Who Became Most Valuable Players 4. Dugout Directors: Rookies of the Year Who Became Managers Rookies of the Year by Franchise (1947-2004) 5. The Short Timers: Rookies of the Year with Short Careers 6. Available Only Once: Other Rookies of the Year 7. Ready for 21st-Century Action: Rookies of the Year Still Active in the Major Leagues List of The Sporting News Rookies of the Year (1946-2004) Summary: Saluting So Few Index

About the Author(s)

Robert Bloss, native of Erie, Pennsylvania, is a freelance journalist and historian specializing in baseball coverage. He is the author of Baseball Managers: Stats, Stories, and Strategies (Temple).