Dave Rozema

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David Scott Rozema

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dave Rozema was initially drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the summer of 1974, but passed on signing. The Detroit Tigers selected him in the secondary phase of the January 1975 amateur draft, offered him more money, and got their man.

He won a career-high 15 games as a rookie in 1977. Early in the 1982 season, Rozema was having a stellar year with a 3-0 record and a 1.63 ERA. In a game against the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome, a brawl erupted and Rozema came running out of the dugout and attempted to deliver a flying karate kick to the Twins' John Castino. Rozema missed and tore ligaments in his knee, putting him on the disabled list for the rest of the season. This moment is still talked about today among the Tiger faithful, most often with a laugh at the end (contrary to the moment in 1992 when Sandy Alomar Jr. of the Cleveland Indians delivered a flying karate kick that hit Tigers pitcher John Doherty during a brawl).

Rozema went on to pitch effectively again and helped the Tigers reach the World Series in 1984.

In 1990, Rozema played for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He pitched in 3 games and was 2-0 when the league folded.

Rozema and friend and (former) Tiger teammate Kirk Gibson married sisters.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Chip Greene: "Dave Rozema", in Mark Pattison and David Raglin, ed.: Detroit Tigers 1984: What A Start! What A Finish!, SABR Publications, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, pp. 142-146. ISBN 978-1933599441

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