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