This book follows the Rookies of the Year through their initial major league seasons and on to their subsequent achievements. Robert Bloss compares players by their career accomplishments: some Rookies of the Year eventually entered the Hall of Fame. Some were league MVPs. Others played sparingly after one excellent season. "Rookies of the Year" also touches on more than a dozen prominent players who failed to win Rookie of the Year plaudits. All honorees, with statistical accompaniment, are profiled extensively. Interviewing over four dozen baseball celebrities and including statistics of all award winers, this is the most extensive book ever written on Rookies of the Year winners. It is a thorough review of what transpired during the major league careers of these distinguished players, and of the personal and professional careers following their celebrated freshman seasons. It will become an indispensable source of information on some of baseball's greatest athletes.
Acknowledgements; One and Done: There's But a Single Chance to be Rookie of the Year; The Jackie Robinson Award; Chronological listing of Rookies of the Year (1947-2003); First Steps toward Cooperstown: Rookies of the Year in the Hall of Fame; A Double Helping of Hardware: Rookies of the Year Who Became Most Valuable Players; Dugout Directors: Rookies of the Year Who Became Managers; Rookies of the Year By Franchise; The Short Timers: Rookies of the Year with Short Careers; Available Only Once: Other Rookies of the Year ; Ready for 21st Century Action: Rookies of the Year Active in the Major Leagues; List of the Sporting News Rookies of the Year (1946-2003); Summary