Hall of Famer Rod Carew is facing his toughest battle. A little over a year since a heart attack almost cost him his life, Carew is getting a heart and kidney transplant.
Carew, 71, played for the Twins and Angels from 1967-1985, hitting .328 and accumulating over 3000 hits. While not a home run hitter (92 in his career), I did see him hit one off of Ed Figueroa in 1977. That was a shot, way into the upper deck at the old Yankee Stadium.
Carew won the MVP in 1977, hitting .388 with a career high 14 HR and 100 RBI. He won seven batting titles in his career, including one (1972) in a year in which he didn’t hit a home run.
He was an All-Star in every year he played except for the last one. A ROY, an MVP.
Godspeed to him. For now he faces his greatest challenge.