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Goody Rosen

(1912 - 1994)

Goodwin George "Goody" Rosen was a Canadian center fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1937 through 1946, Rosen played outfield for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1937-39, 1944-46) and New York Giants (1946). He was a lefty. As a teenager, Rosen was a top player in Toronto's Jewish Fraternal Softball League. Rosen drove to Tampa, Florida to try out with some minor league professional baseball teams, but he was told he was too small (5' 9") and returned to Toronto. Rosen turned professional in 1931, signing a contract with the Rochester Red Wings of the International League, but ended up with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rosen broke into the major leagues hitting .312 through 22 games. In 1938, his first full season, he hit .281 and leading all league outfielders in fielding percentage (.989). Rosen was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. His .291 career batting average is seventh-best of all Jewish major leaguers. Rosen said that his proudest accomplishment was being the only Jewish Canadian ever to play in the majors. Adam Stern became the second Jewish player from Canada to join the Major League in 2005.

Sources: Wikipedia