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Rodney Blaine Graber

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.

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Rod Graber was an 18 year old free agent when he played his first year of pro baseball with the Newport Canners of the Mountain States League in 1948. He appeared in 16 games and hit for a .333 average. In 1949 he would be signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent. The left handed hitting outfielder would be with the Green Bay Bluejays in both 1949 and '50. Hitting .288 his first year and .302 in his second and lead the league in runs scored with 124.

Graber would be in the Military Service during the Korean War for the next two years (1951-52), but would get back in time for the 1953 season with the Reading Indians appearing in 144 contests and hitting for a .286 average. Rod would spend until 1958 in five different minor leagues and finally made it to the majors, but just briefly with the Cleveland Indians in 1958, picking up one base hit in eight at-bats in four games.

He would spend the next five years (1959-63) back in the minors and finish out his 14 active years in pro baseball in 1963 with the Spokane Indians of the PCL, hitting for a .263 average. Rod's best season, in all probability, woud be in 1958 with the San Diego Padres of the PCL when he hit .301 and had 10 home runs. Overall, aside from his short time in the major leagues, Graber would appear in 1,761 contests, go to bat 6,004 times, collect 1,710 base hits (including 51 home runs) for a .284 minor league career average.

Until his retirement Graber was employed by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in San Diego, CA.

[edit] Sources
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
Baseball Players of the 1950s
SABR MILB Database:page

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