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Walt Dropo
Walt Dropo 1953.jpg
Dropo in about 1953.
First baseman
Born: (1923-01-30)January 30, 1923
Moosup, Connecticut
Died: December 17, 2010(2010-12-17) (aged 87)
Peabody, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1949 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 17, 1961 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average .270
Home runs 152
Runs batted in 704
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Walter Dropo (Serbian: Валтер Дропо, Valter Dropo; January 30, 1923 – December 17, 2010), nicknamed "Moose", was an American college basketball standout and a professional baseball first baseman. During a 13-year career in Major League Baseball, he played for the Boston Red Sox (1949–1952), Detroit Tigers (1952–1954), Chicago White Sox (1955–1958), Cincinnati Redlegs (1958–1959) and Baltimore Orioles (1959–1961).

Youth[edit]

Dropo's Serbian parents emigrated from Mostar, then Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina), to start a new life. His father, Savo, worked at the local textile mill while also running their Connecticut family farm. Walter was raised in Moosup, Connecticut, where he played sandlot baseball with his brothers Milton and George, and attended Plainfield High School in the Central Village district of Plainfield, Connecticut, before attending the University of Connecticut.

College career[edit]

While at the University of Connecticut Dropo played for the football team, basketball team and baseball team. Dropo left UConn as the school's all time leading scorer in basketball. Dropo was drafted in the first round of the 1947 BAA Draft by the Providence Steamrollers with the fourth overall pick. Dropo was also drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 9th round of the 1946 NFL Draft.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Listed at 6'5", 220 lb (100 kg), Walter turned down from the Bears[1] and the Providence Steamrollers, in order to sign with the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1947.[2] He debuted on April 19, 1949, and in 11 games batted .146 (6-for-41).

In 1950, Dropo lead the league in RBIs (144) and total bases (326), while batting .322 and hitting 34 home runs, (second only to Al Rosen 37). In addition, his .583 slugging percentage and 70 extra bases were second only to the .585 - 75 of Joe DiMaggio, and his .961 OPS finished third in the league, after (Larry Doby .986 and DiMaggio .979). Dropo finished sixth in American League Most Valuable Player award, and earned AL Rookie of the Year honors, ahead of Whitey Ford. His efforts that season led to his only All-Star appearance.

In 1951, Dropo fractured his right wrist and never had another season the equal of his 1950 campaign. After another one-plus season, he was traded to Detroit on June 3, 1952. After being traded, he collected 12 consecutive hits to tie the MLB record. Included in the streak was a 5-for-5 game against the Yankees (July 14) and a 4-for-4 performance in the first game of a doubleheader against Washington (July 15). In the second game, he went 4-for-5, hitting on his first three at bats and popping out on his fourth at bat on the 7th inning, matching an American League record of 16 hits in three games. In that season, he hit a combined 29 home runs and 97 RBIs, but would never again hit over 19 homers (1955) or bat over .281 (1954).

In a 13-season career, Dropo batted .270 (1,113-for-4,124) with 152 home runs, 704 RBIs, 478 runs, 168 doubles, 22 triples and five stolen bases in 1,288 games.

Career highlights[edit]

  • Rookie of the Year (1950)
  • All-Star (1950)
  • Top 10 MVP (sixth, 1950)
  • Led league in RBIs (144, 1950)
  • Led league in total bases (326, 1950)
  • Tied an MLB record with 12 consecutive at-bats with a hit (July 15, 1952)
  • Tied an MLB record with 12 consecutive plate appearances with a hit (July 15, 1952)
  • Tied an AL record with 15 hits in four games (July 16, 1952)
  • Dropo was the first rookie to top 100 RBIs with more RBIs than games played (144 in 136 games, 1950)
  • The first Red Sox player to be named the American League Rookie of the Year, followed by Don Schwall (1961), Carlton Fisk (1972), Fred Lynn (1975), Nomar Garciaparra (1997), and Dustin Pedroia (2007).

Death[edit]

Dropo died of natural causes on December 17, 2010, at the age of 87.[3] His funeral service was held at the Serbian Orthodox Church he helped found at 41 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, Mass.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mayer, Larry (April 25, 2013). "These Bears draft picks gained fame in other areas". Chicago Bears. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Montville, Leigh (July 19, 1993). "What Ever Happened To...: Walt Dropo". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ Amore, Dom (December 18, 2010). "Walt Dropo Dies; 1950 AL Rookie Of Year With Red Sox, 3-Sport UConn Star". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 

External links[edit]


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Greenwich Time
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:48:45 -0700

Walt Dropo played for the Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox, Redlegs and Orioles from 1949-1961. The All-Star first baseman and 1950 Rookie of the Year was born in Moosup. Photo: Contributed Photo. Walt Dropo played for the Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox, ...
 
Hartford Courant
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:45:36 -0700

Nick Ahmed, Matt Barnes, Greg Nappo are at Triple A. UConn could match or exceed the record of three major leaguers in 1961 and 2003: If you guessed Walt Dropo, Moe Morhardt and Rollie Sheldon for 1961 and Charles Nagy, Pete Walker and Jason ...
 
CT Post
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:15:48 -0700

Walt Dropo played for the Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox, Redlegs and Orioles from 1949-1961. The All-Star first baseman and 1950 Rookie of the Year was born in Moosup. Photo: Contributed Photo. Walt Dropo played for the Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox, ...
 
Torrington Register Citizen
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:53:25 -0700

Onward: Now I've uncovered one of UConn's all-timers, Walt Dropo. The Moosup Moose. Walt played and starred in the three major sports at UConn, went in the army, returned and in 1949, after carving his name and impressive numbers near the top of the ...
 
Chicago Sun-Times
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:50:01 -0700

Bob Nieman and Sherm Lollar each hit a pair of homers, and pitcher Jack Harshman, Minnie Minoso and Walt Dropo also homered. 9. More stats that make me crazy: Last season, the Sox started 4-5, scoring 35 runs. This season, they started 4-5, scoring 54 ...
 
MLB.com
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 22:08:30 -0700

... plate appearances were three shy of the National League record of 10, accomplished four times and most recently by the Braves' Matt Diaz in 2006. The Major League record is 12 hits in 12 consecutive plate appearances by Detroit's Walt Dropo in 1952.
 
Daily Beast
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:23:02 -0700

On the cracked-plaster walls, needing a dusting, were the familiar faded photographs of the heroes of my youth: Fred Hatfield, Walt Dropo, Eddie Lyons, Red Mathis, Jimmy Piersall, Mickey Rutner, and, not the least, Ralph “Country” Brown. In contrast to ...
 
Power Line (blog)
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:33:02 -0700

Two of them were baseball stars: Walt Dropo (20.7 points per game for the Huskies; 34 homers and 144 RBIs for the 1950 Red Sox) and Scott Burrell (a first round draft pick in two sports). Many older Huskies fans will insist that I should have included ...
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