Countdown to 2017 HOF Inductions: Rod Carew

How do you get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum?

Average .328. Total 3,053 hits. Be voted Rookie of the Year and MVP. Win seven batting titles. Become an 18-time All-Star.

It’s an amazing story all around. Born on a train in the Panama Canal Zone and raised in New York City’s Washington Heights, Rodney Cline Carew became one of the most skillful contact hitters in history. And another great humanitarian, winner of the 1977 Roberto Clemente Award.

As we continue our countdown to Iván ‘Pudge’ Rodríguez’s induction, we gladly celebrate the first Panamanian enshrined in Cooperstown.