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Buddy Rosar
Born: July 3, 1913(1913-07-03)
Buffalo, New York
Died: March 13, 1994 (aged 80)
Rochester, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 29, 1939 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 19, 1951 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average     .261
Home runs     18
RBI     367
Career highlights and awards

Warren Vincent "Buddy" Rosar (July 3, 1914 in Buffalo, New York - March 13, 1994 in Rochester, New York[1 ]), was a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues from 1939 to 1951.[1 ][2] He played for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics, and Boston Red Sox, and was known for his excellent defensive skills.[1 ]

Buddy Rosar was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees in 1934,[1 ] and hit .387 with the Newark Bears in 1938 to win the International League batting crown.[3][4] From 1939 to 1942, he served as the Yankees' back up catcher to the future Hall of Fame inductee Bill Dickey. On July 19, 1940, he hit for the cycle in a game against the Cleveland Indians.[4] In July, 1942, he left the club and travelled to Buffalo to take examinations to join the Buffalo police force and where his wife was about to have a baby.[5 ] When he returned to the club, he found that manager Joe McCarthy had replaced him with Rollie Hemsley.[5 ] By the end of the season, the Yankees would trade him to the Cleveland Indians. [6] In May 1945, the Indians traded Rosar to the Athletics for Frankie Hayes, another catcher with solid defensive skills. [6]

With Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics in 1946, he led the American League in assists and set the record for errorless games by a catcher, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage in 117 games.[1 ] [7] The next year he extended his perfect play to 147 games. [7] [8] The record has since been broken by several players.

In 13 seasons, Rosar played in 988 games, with 836 hits for a .261 career batting average, along with 18 home runs and 367 runs batted in. Despite his relatively low offensive statistics, Rosar's defensive skills earned him a place on the American League All-Star team five times during his career. He caught two no hitter games in his career, pitched by Dick Fowler in 1945, and Bill McCahan in 1947. [7] Rosar led all American League catchers in fielding percentage four years (1944, 1946-48).[9] He has the best ratio of double plays to errors of any catcher in major league history.[10] Rosar holds the 20th Century career record for fewest passed balls per games caught (0.0300) with only 28 miscues in 934 games as catcher. [7] At the time of his retirement in 1951, Rosar's .992 career fielding percentage was the highest for a catcher in major league history.[11]

After he retired, he was employed as an engineer at a Ford plant near his hometown of Buffalo. [8]

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