I came across this old card while I was looking for my Jackie Robinson.
Was there ever a better baseball name than Rocky Colavito?
I don’t think so.
You don’t hear much about Rocky Colavito any more. He had a string of good years for Cleveland and Detroit in the late 50s and early 60s. Naturally, with a name like Rocky Colavito, he hit a lot of home runs: 374 over a 14 year career, with a .266 average. In his final season, ’68, he pitched a couple of innings for the Yankees and got one in the W column. While slow of foot, he was a good outfielder with a tremendous throwing arm, and was always a big fan favorite, especially in Cleveland.
The SABR Bio project has a nice write-up on the Rock.
Hey, don’t knock the Rock!