Steve Roser

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Emerson Corey Roser

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Biographical Information[edit]

Right-hander Steve Roser was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees before the 1940 season. The New York state native spent through 1943 in the minors, plugging along with a good season coming in 1941 with the Binghamton Triplets of the class A Eastern League, when the second-year pitcher went 13-12 with a 2.51 ERA while pitching 197 innings. He also fared well in 1943 with the Newark Bears of the AA (then the highest tier of the minors) International League, when he went 12-10 with a 3.61 ERA while pitching 162 innings.

Steve's good work paid off and he made his major league debut with the New York Yankees on May 5, 1944, pitched well, and stayed with the Yankees] the entire season. He built a 4-3 record and a 3.86 ERA while appearing in 16 games and pitching 84 innings. Roser was back with the Yankees in 1945 and appeared in eleven games and pitched 27 innings but had no decisions.

After a bad start with the 1946 Yankees (1-1 in 4 appearances and a 16.20 ERA), he was sold to the National League's Boston Braves on May 3, 1946. Steve appeared in 14 games for the Braves with a 1-1 record and a 3.60 ERA. This effort finished off Roser in the big leagues with a career 6-5 mark and a 4.04 ERA in 45 appearances.

The right-hander finished out the 1946 season with the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association and Steve came up with a 7-3 mark and a 1.73 ERA while pitching 83 innings. This did not seem to impress anyone in the Show and he spent 1947 with the Milwaukee Brewers of the same league, appeared in 15 games, went 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA and called it a career at the age of 29. This gave him a 49-47 record and a 2.96 ERA in his six-year run in the minor leagues.

In 1980, Roser was inducted into the Rome, NY Sports Hall of Fame and in 1992 was selected for induction into the Clarkson University Athletic Hall of Fame, both honors bestowed fifty years after he starred for them. In 1996, the Utica, NY Sports Hall of Fame, never limited to just native Uticans, inducted Roser into their hallowed halls.

After baseball, he ran a sporting goods business and then a restaurant. Emerson Corey Roser passed away at his home in Utica, NY on February 8, 2002.

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