Locomotive “Rod Carew” Dedication

.In 1977, Rod Carew was on the cover of Time Magazine and was called Baseball’s Best Hitter. He had an outstanding baseball career and was recognized by his Country of Panama with a very special dedication. You can read about it below in an article that was sent to me by a Chiriquí Chatter reader. I found this very interesting. I hope you will as well

LOCOMOTIVE “ROD CAREW” – November 14, 2008

On November 14, 2008 The Panama Canal Railway Company dedicated Locomotive 1867 after Baseball Hall of Famer ROD CAREW and held an unveiling ceremony with distinguished guests, including his wife Mrs. Rod Carew, the Governor of the Province of Colon; the Mayor of the City of Colon, the Administrator of the Colon Free Zone and MLB baseball representatives. In addition, PCRC invited 100 little leaguers from the City of Colon, who enjoyed the train ride and later attended a private baseball clinic offered by Rod Carew.

Rodney Cline “Rod” Carew was born October 1, 1945 on the Panama Railroad in the town of Gatun, located in the former Panama Canal Zone. The train was racially segregated with white passengers given the better forward cars while non-whites, like Carew’s mother, were forced to ride in the rearward cars. When his mother went into labor during the train ride, Dr. Rodney Cline, a Jewish physician traveling on the train, delivered the baby. Rod Carew was named after the doctor in appreciation for his efforts in delivering the newborn on the Panama Railroad.

Rod Carew played with the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels between 1967 and 1985. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, having finished his career with 3,053 hits and a lifetime batting average of .328. In 1999, he ranked No. 61 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

Mr. Carew stated that his ride on the Panama Canal Railway was a dream come true and was the highlight of his visit to Panama. He also commented that the elegantly appointed luxury coaches and the spectacular Dome Car of today’s railroad are a far cry from the old cars he remembers from his youth.

4 thoughts on “Locomotive “Rod Carew” Dedication

  1. Good article. It is interesting how a guy gets from Panama (especially back then) to the major leagues. I bet he was a pretty spectacular hitter around the youth leagues of Panama. If I remember correctly, on a couple of occasions, it appeared that he might hit .400 for a season

  2. Hi Tom. Thanks for dropping in and taking the time to leave a comment. You are most likely correct. His hitting in Panama must have been outstanding.

  3. In my opinion, Rod Carew never got the acclamation that he should have got. If he had played for the Yankees, Boston or the Dodgers he would have been immortalized. Come on, just ranked 61 on the all time best baseball players. He should have been ranked much further up on the list. 18 years with a lifetime batting average of .328, incredible!!!

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