Brooks. But now he was a star in his own right, for he was the third
leading batter in the senior circuit.
But it only seemed that he was a real star. In the early stage of the
1946 season Brooklyn let go of him. What happened after that is fairly well known. Rosen
showed that he could play major league ball. This is what he did:
In July, in an ordinary game against the Chicago Cubs, who beat the
Giants regularly in 1946, Rosen came to bat as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of a 2-2
tie game. The Giants had filled the bases with two out. Goody hit the first pitch into
right field and that was the ball game.
A month later in Cincinnati, Rosen, who seldom hit homers, drove a
prodigious wallop over the right-field wall to win for his team, 4-3.
That's how it went most of the season. He played in over 100 games and
batted .281. He probably would have batted .300, had he not sustained that injury in
Here is Goody's version of it, and it indicates the pressure under
which a major leaguer sometimes has to play.
"I remember," Rosen declared, "that after six weeks on
the sidelines, Mel Ott came to me and asked me when I would be ready to get back into the
lineup. I told him I could hardly comb my hair, the shoulder was that stiff, and he said:
'Well, the front office is beginning to holler. You'd better get back anyway.' "
Rosen wasn't the same player the rest of the year, although it is
apparent that when Brooklyn traded him to the Giants, the Dodgers lost the 1946 flag.
Remember, the season ended with Brooklyn and St. Louis in a deadlock and a playoff was
necessary to determine the winner. And Rosen, by himself, won three games from the Dodgers
while wearing a Giant uniform.