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inning games and six complete games against the champion New York Yankees, who seldom permitted any pitcher to go the route against them more than once. Three of his victories were against these same pennant-headed Yankees.

It was obvious, when Saul Rogovin ended the 1951 season, that here was a star in the making. Nevertheless, that year remained his peak season. Never again did he come close to such pitching skill. A casual perusal of his baseball record will indicate that he always had difficulties and perhaps it is remarkable that he performed as well as he did in 1951.

Saul Rogovin was born in Brooklyn, on October 10, 1923. The son of Jacob and Bessie Rogovin, Saul was an only child, beloved and cared for by his parents with an overwhelming and considerate love. When he showed an interest in playing ball, his parents did not become angry. Instead, they encouraged him, and when he attracted Brooklyn Dodger scouts at an Ebbets Field tryout in 1941, he signed with the Dodger organization and was sent to Valdosta of the Class D Georgia-Florida League as a slugging first baseman. At the very outset of his baseball life, Rogovin revealed himself to be an independent individual. He discovered that Valdosta had another first baseman who had been given a $2,500 bonus for signing with the Dodgers. "I asked for a $500 bonus," Rogovin recalled after he had reached the majors, "because I felt I was at least one-fifth as good as he was." He did not get it, so he quit and then signed with Beaver Falls, in the Penn State Association. During the war, Rogovin took a job with the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation and played the game only intermittently. Here he received his first good break. "Dolly" Stark, the great umpire, saw him play and