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Roy Sievers

First baseman / Outfielder
Born: November 18, 1926 (1926-11-18) (age 83)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 21, 1949 for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 1965 for the Washington Senators
Career statistics
Batting average     .267
Home runs     318
Runs batted in     1,147
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Roy Edward Sievers (born November 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former first baseman/left fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1949 through 1965, Sievers played for the St. Louis Browns (1949-53), the original Washington Senators (1954-59), Chicago White Sox (1960-61) , Philadelphia Phillies (1962-64), and finally the new Senators (1964-65). He batted and threw right-handed.

Being signed by the St. Louis Browns as a free agent in 1947, Sievers debuted in the major leagues on April 21, 1949.

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Career

Sievers won the American League Rookie of the Year and TSN Rookie of the Year awards in 1949, batting .306 with 16 home runs and 75 RBI. He struggled to .238 in 1950, and for the next three years he suffered shoulder and arm injuries that limited his playing time to 134 games. He was traded to the Washington Senators before the 1954 season.

In Washington, Sievers collected 95 or more RBI and played at least 144 games during five consecutive years (1954-58) and made the AL All-Star team three times (1956-57, 1959). His most productive season came in 1957, when he led the league hitters in home runs (42), RBI (114), extra base hits (70) and total bases (331), batting .301. He finished third in the MVP ballot with four first-place votes and 205 points –Mickey Mantle got six and 233, Ted Williams five and 209. [1]

On April 4, 1960, Sievers came to the Chicago White Sox in the same trade that sent Earl Battey and Don Mincher to Washington. [2] In his first year with the Sox, he hit .295 with 28 homers and 93 RBI, and had almost an identical season in 1961 with .295, 27, 92, making his fourth All-Star appearance.

From 1962-64, Sievers remained productive with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League. In the 1964 midseason, he was sold to the AL expansion Senators. He played his final game on May 9, 1965.

In a 17-season career, Sievers was a .267 hitter with 318 home runs and 1147 RBI in 1887 games. After his playing career ended, he served one season (1966) as a coach for the Cincinnati Reds and managed in the minor leagues.

Mr. Sievers currently resides in St. Louis, MO, and attends the annual St. Louis Browns Alumni gathering each year.

Highlights

  • 4-time All-Star (1956-57, 1959, 1961)
  • AL Rookie of the Year (1949)
  • Set seasonal and career records in home runs for the Senators:

Top 10 AL leaderboards and awards

  • 3-time MVP vote (1957-58, 1960)
  • 3-time in batting average (1949, 1957, 1960)
  • 6-time in home runs (1954-58, 1960)
  • 7-time in RBI (1949, 1954-58, 1960)
  • 4-time in runs (1956-58, 1960)
  • 7-time in extra base hits (1954-58, 1960)
  • 6-time in slugging (1949, 1955, 1957-58, 1960-61)
  • 4-time in intentional walks (1956-60)

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Preceded by
Alvin Dark
American League Rookie of the Year
1949
Succeeded by
Walt Dropo
Preceded by
Mickey Mantle
American League Home Run Champion
1957
Succeeded by
Mickey Mantle
Preceded by
Mickey Mantle
American League RBI Champion
1957
Succeeded by
Jackie Jensen
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