Bob Cerv

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Robert Henry Cerv

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bob Cerv, a strapping, hulking, part-time slugger, and three-time member of the New York Yankees, spent most of his 12-year career with the Yanks and the Kansas City Athletics.

Born in Nebraska, he played college ball at the University of Nebraska after serving in the Navy during World War II and seeing combat action in the Pacific theater. Signed in 1950, he was playing major league ball the next year at age 26. It was also Mickey Mantle's rookie year with the Yankees. Cerv was up with the Yankees each year from 1951 to 1956, but never appeared in more than 56 games. He hit .341 in 1955 and .304 in 1956.

He hit a pinch home run in Game 5 of the 1955 World Series. In the 1956 World Series, which the Yankees won, he went 1 for 1.

An above-average hitter with considerable power, he had trouble cracking the Yankees' gifted lineup until purchased by Kansas City, where he had his best season in 1958, hitting .305 with 38 home runs and 104 RBI. He was named to the All-Star team and was 4th in the MVP voting.

He was traded back to the Yankees in May of 1960, and hit .357 in the World Series for them against the Pittsburgh Pittsburgh. He batted lead-off or third in the lineup.

He was briefly an original member of the Los Angeles Angels in 1961, before being traded yet again to the Yankees, in a deal involving Ryne Duren. The Yanks became World Series champs, but Cerv did not appear in post-season play. In 1962, his last season, he played briefly for the Yankees and for the expansion Houston Colt .45s in their first season.

Similarity scores show his contemporary Walt "Moose" Moryn as one of the most similar players.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (1958)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1958 & 1959)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1958)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1958)
  • Won two World Series with the New York Yankees (1956 and 1961; he did not play in the 1961 World Series)

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