A journeyman catcher, Roof was highly respected for his defensive abilities and handling
of young pitchers, but was weak at the plate. His .302 mark for 63 games in 1975
was a full 67 points higher than his previous best. The bowlegged Kentuckian played
a career-high 127 games for the 1966 A's. Five Roof brothers played pro ball; brother
Gene was an outfielder with the Cardinals and Expos for parts of 1981-83. Phil became
a Mariner coach in 1983.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 1, 1965: The KC Athletics, which waived young Joe Rudi to the Indians in May, got him back, along with backup C Phil Roof. The Indians receive veteran OF Jim Landis and P Jim Rittwage. Rudi hit .254 at Dubuque this past season.
»May 30, 1966: Denny McLain pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the month. Phil Roof's 5th-inning double is Kansas City's only safety in Detroit's 5–2 win.