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History

Rocky Colavito

Inducted 2006
Right Fielder 1955-1959, 1965-1967

"I always felt this is my town, I love Cleveland. It's my favorite town in the world. That's the God's honest truth. I'm not blowing smoke to anybody, because I don't have to."

An all-time fan favorite, the Rock made his major league debut on September 10, 1955 as a pinch runner for Dale Mitchell in a 10-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox. In his first full season in a Tribe uniform, Colavito tallied 21 HR, 65 RBI and 89 hits -- enough to finish runner up to Luis Aparicio for Rookie of the Year and give Tribe fans a star to cheer.

Colavito's breakout year came in 1958, when he hit 41 home runs and led the league in slugging percentage (.620). He finished third in the Most Valuable Player voting behind Jackie Jensen and Bob Turley, but ahead of Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams.

During the 1959 season, fans saw Rocky emerge as an All-Star and a dominant power hitter. He went on to lead the American League in home runs (42) and total bases (301). One of the more memorable games in Indians history took place that season, on June 10th against the Baltimore Orioles, when Rocky managed to hit four consecutive home runs off three different pitchers at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. He is one of 16 players in Major League history to hit four home runs in a game, and was the eighth player to do so at the time.

Heading into the 1960 season, Indians general manager Frank Lane crafted a deal that sent Colavito to the Detroit for Tigers slugger Harvey Kuenn. Colavito eventually rejoined the Tribe in 1965 and was selected to two All-Star games and earned a fifth-place finish in the 1965 MVP voting.

Rocky owns the Tribe's single-game record for most total bases (16), most extra bases on long hits (12), and most home runs (4).

  • POSITION: Outfielder
  • BATS: Right
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 6'3"
  • WEIGHT: 190
  • BORN: August 10, 1933 in New York, NY
  • DEBUT: September 10, 1955
  • FINAL GAME: September 28, 1968
Indians Career Statistics
G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
913 3185 464 851 190 574 468 478 9 .267 .361 .495