Legendary minor league slugger Nelson won the Triple Crown at Montreal in 1955 (.364,
37 HR, 130 RBI) and Toronto in 1958 (.326, 43 HR, 120 RBI). Three times the International
League MVP, he finally stuck in the majors in 1959 on his second go-round with Pittsburgh.
Platooned with the iron-gloved Dick Stuart, Rocky provided better fielding while
batting .291 in 1959 and .300 in 1960. Nelson was known for his oversized tobacco
chaw, continuous chatter, and an odd, open batting stance, with both feet pointed
at the pitcher. The Portsmouth, Ohio native was inducted into the International League,
the Ohio Baseball, and the Canadian Baseball halls of fame.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 25, 1947:
Future major leaguer Rocky Nelson is married at home plate at Lynchburg City Stadium of the (class A) Lynchburg Hillcats. His bride is the former Alberta Burns.
»April 30, 1949:
Rocky Nelson hits an "inside-the-glove" 2-run HR
in short LF to turn a 9th inning 3-1 Cubs' lead
into a 4-3 Cardinals' victory. Cubs CF Andy Pafko's
catch is ruled a trap by umpire Al Barlick, as Pafko
races in, holding the ball high as runners circle