This date in Kernels alumni history – September 24, 1955 – Rocky Colavito
On September 24, 1955, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) went 4-4 with a pair of doubles and scored two runs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-0 at Briggs Stadium during his rookie season. It was the first of the 17 times where Colavito would collect four or more hits in a game during his career.
Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.
Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.