Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Roy Sievers, R. I. P.

The New York Times: Roy Sievers, who won the American League’s first Rookie of the Year Award playing for the 1949 St. Louis Browns and became one of baseball’s leading power hitters of the 1950s with the original Washington Senators, died on Monday at his home in Spanish Lake, Mo. He was 90.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I remember him well. He and Harmon Killebrew hit a lot of long home runs for the otherwise hapless Senators.

Don Coffin said...

A weak crop of rookies in the AL the year he was Rookie of the Year--the others receiving votes that year were Alex Kellner, Jerry Coleman, Mike Garcia, Johnny Groth, and Bob Kuzava. And I wonder what happened to him in 1951-53, when he played (not well) in the equivalent of one full season (134 games, about 450 plate appearances, 9 HRs. Here we go, from the SABR bio project: "On August 1 (1950) he suffered a season-ending injury when he fell awkwardly on his shoulder, separating it. In spring training the following season, Sievers dislocated his arm and strained the nerves in his shoulder while making a throw. He had potential career-threatening (and experimental) surgery performed by Dr. George Bennett at Johns Hopkins Hospital to repair the damage and missed most of the season, returning in September for 11 games..."

Bill Crider said...

I remember him well. I have the baseball card in the photo as well as several others of him.