The AL's 1967 Fireman of the Year, the Cuban-born Rojas was 12-9 with a league-leading
27 saves. He was felled by a sore arm the next season, and his career ended tragically
in 1970 when he was paralyzed (and his two young daughters killed) in a car accident.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 30, 1967:
In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle breaks a 1–1 tie in the 10th with a three-run homer off California reliever Minnie Rojas to give New York a 4–1 win. California takes the 2nd game 4–2 despite Mantle cracking a pinch double in the 9th inning. His hit gives him 2,215, one more than Joe DiMaggio.