Goodwin George Rosen
Not to be confused with Al Rosen, to whom he is unrelated, Goody nonetheless hit .325 in 1945. This small but hustling ballplayer, a fan favorite, was born in Canada, but played in New York for both the Giants and the Dodgers. When he broke into the big leagues, he was the smallest man in the majors. He said that his "proudest accomplishment was being the only Canadian Jew ever to play in the majors."
Birth and Death Dates:
b. August 28, 1912 - d. April 6, 1994
After playing on a Toronto team that won the Canadian Amateur Baseball Championship when he was 14, Goody broke into the majors in 1937 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He hit .312 in 22 games that year and then played full-time the following season. He hit a solid .281, finishing sixth in the league in triples (6) and eighth in walks (65), and leading all NL outfielders in fielding (.989) and assists (19). Goody then played with Syracuse in the American Association from 1940-43 before returning to the Dodgers in 1944. The following year, he had his best season, batting an outstanding .325, finishing second in the league in runs (126), hits (197), and total bases (279), and was chosen to the All-Star team. In 1946, Rosen was sold to the New York Giants -- the first time he faced the Dodgers that season (only two days after the sale), Goody got five hits, including a three-run homer to win the second game of a doubleheader. When the Dodgers ended the season in a tie with the Cardinals, many fans speculated that Brooklyn sold Goody two days too soon. Later that year, though, he sustained a career-ending clavicle injury when he crashed into a fence. Over his 6-year big-league career, his lifetime batting average was a healthy .291. He also hit 34 triples during his career. He is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rosen played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1937-39,and 1944-46, and the New York Giants, 1946.
5'9 1/2", 160 pounds
Batting Avg.: .291
Slugging Avg.: .398
Home Runs: 22
Home Run %: 1.1
Strike Outs: 166
Stolen Bases: 12
Total Chances per Game: 2.7
Fielding Avg: .989
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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
Great Jews in Sports, by Robert Slater (New York: Jonathan David Publishers, 2000)
The Baseball Encyclopedia: Tenth Edition (New York: McMillan, 1996)