Indians to wear patch honoring late Al Rosen

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians will honor the late Al Rosen this season by wearing his No. 7 jersey number on their jersey sleeves.

The AL's MVP in 1953, Rosen died on March 13 at 91. He spent his entire career with Cleveland (1947-56) and went on to have a successful career as a baseball executive with Houston, the New York Yankees and San Francisco.

In his MVP season, Rosen batted .336 with 43 home runs and 145 RBIs. He just missed winning the Triple Crown as Washington's Mickey Vernon hit .337.

Rosen is the only person to have earned the MVP honors as a player and executive of the year as a member of a front office.

He was a member of the Indians' 1948 World Series title team, but only played in five games. He took over as Cleveland's everyday third baseman in 1950.

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