This date in Kernels alumni history – December 1, 1956 – Rocky Colavito

On December 1, 1956, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Luis Aparicio of the Chicago White Sox. Colavito finished the year hitting .276 with 21 HR and 65 RBI.

Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) is the only former Cedar Rapids Alumni to win the National League Rookie of the Year award – 1988. Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) (American League 1956), Ron Hunt (Cedar Rapids Braves 1960-61) (National League 1963) and Mark Trumbo (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2007-07) (American League (2011) are the only Rookie of the Year runner-ups in Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni history.

Rookie of the Year Finishes by Cedar Rapids Alumni

Rocky Colavito     2nd   AL   1956   Cedar Rapids Indians (1952)

Dick Drott               3rd   NL   1957   Cedar Rapids Raiders (1954)

Ron Hunt                 2nd   NL   1963   Cedar Rapids Braves (1960-61)

Hector Cruz            3rd   NL   1976    Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-72)

Chili Davis               4th   NL   1982   Cedar Rapids Giants (1978)

Chris Sabo               1st    NL   1988   Cedar Rapids Reds (1983)

Reggie Sanders      4th   NL   1992   Cedar Rapids Reds (1990)

Bill Risley                 4th   AL   1994   Cedar Rapids Reds (1989-90)

Jason Dickson        3rd   AL   1997   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1995)

Bengie Molina         4th   AL   2000   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994-95)

John Lackey            4th   AL   2002   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2000)

Mark Trumbo          2nd   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2006-07)

Jordan Walden        7th   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2008)

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This date in Kernels alumni history – December 1, 1956 – Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) finishes second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

In 2012, Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009-10) became the second former Cedar Rapids alum to win the award joining Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983)

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