|Powerful Walt Dropo punished AL pitchers in his rookie season, 1950. Dropo was a strong, 6' 5" 230 lbs powerful batter and in his first season blasted 34 home runs, a .322 BA, and led the league with 144 RBI's ---- Walt Dropo was voted the American League's Rookie of the Year ---- was voted the starting 1st baseman for the AL All-Star Game, all in his rookie season.
Walt Dropo turned down a offer from the Chicago Bears in 1947 and decided his future was with the Boston Red Sox. Traded to Detroit, Walt Dropo had a sensational July, in 1952, when he smashed 12 consecutive hits to tie a major league record. Playing on the Chicago White Sox in 1955, Walt hit 19 HR's, batted .280 along with 79 RBI's.
Nagged by injuries he finished his career with Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles, but was only a part-time player. Walt Dropo's career: 1288 games, .270 BA, 152 HR's and 704 RBI's.