Rossman was the first baseman for Tiger pennant-winners in 1907 and 1908, adept at
laying down a bunt so that Ty Cobb
could streak from first to third. However, a peculiar
emotional quirk shortened his career: he couldn't throw the ball when he became excited.
Runners would lead off first to draw a throw from the pitcher, then run to second
when Rossman froze.