Cover image for Rod Carew : One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life's Curveballs
Rod Carew : One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life's Curveballs
Physical Description:
256 p. ;

On Order

R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)1On Order
Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake)1On Order
Park Grove Library (Cottage Grove)1On Order
Stillwater Public Library1On Order
Valley Library (Lakeland)1On Order



For 19 seasons, Rod Carew was a maestro in the batter's box. Uncoiling from his crouched stance, he seemed to guide the ball wherever he wanted on the way to a whopping seven batting titles and a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. If only everything in life had been as easy as he made hitting look. In One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life's Curveballs , Carew reflects on the highlights, anecdotes, and friendships from his outstanding career, describing the abuse, poverty, and racism he overcame to even reach the majors. In conversational, confessional prose, he takes readers through the challenges he's conquered in the second half of his life, from burying his youngest daughter to surviving several near-fatal bouts with heart disease. He also details the remarkable reason he's alive today: the heart transplant he received from Konrad Reuland, a 29-year-old NFL player he'd met years before. Carew explains how that astonishing connection was revealed and the unique bond he and his wife, Rhonda, have since forged with his donor's family. An important thread running through this mosaic of Carew's life is his faith. He illustrates how his mother instilled those beliefs during their darkest days and how conversations with God helped him fight off every curveball life has thrown his way.

Author Notes

Rod Carew is one of the most decorated players in Major League Baseball history. A first-ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, Rod won seven batting titles and was named the 1967 AL Rookie of the Year and the 1977 AL Most Valuable Player en route to 3,053 career hits and 18 All-Star Game selections. He remains on the executive staffs of both the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels and is a strong supporter of the organizations that have meant so much to him: the American Heart Association, Donate Life, Be The Match, and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Jaime Aron was Texas Sports Editor for The Associated Press for 13 years and has written six previous books. He is a senior writer for the American Heart Association, living in Dallas with his family.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Rod Carew is a baseball Hall of Famer: the 1967 American League Rookie of the Year, the 1977 Most Valuable Player, and a seven-time batting champion in a nearly two-decade career with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels. Fame in sports, however, does not insulate its stars from life's vagaries. This moving autobiography, while providing many anecdotes about Carew's interactions with fellow Hall of Famers such as Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, Reggie Jackson, and Nolan Ryan, focuses on his life after he retired as a player. Carew's youngest daughter, Michelle, died of leukemia at 18, and his marriage didn't survive the tragedy. Life wasn't done with Carew. His own health problems led to a heart transplant, and the donor heart came from a former NFL player, Konrad Reuland. Subsequently, a bond developed between Carew and the Reuland family. Carew's later life, we learn, was as remarkable as his playing career: he has worked tirelessly to expand the bone-marrow registry, helped raise millions for pediatric cancers, and promoted awareness of heart disease and organ donation. A heartfelt and moving memoir by one of baseball's greats.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. xiii
Part I
1 Rough Startp. 3
2 The One Thing That Came Easy: Hittingp. 21
3 Breaking Inp. 35
4 Collecting Silver Batsp. 53
5 Becoming a Man the Right Wayp. 69
6 Chasing .400p. 87
7 Welcome to the Clubp. 109
8 Batting Wizardp. 131
Part II
9 Back in the Big Leaguesp. 165
10 Pishp. 173
11 "Daddy, Please Help"p. 179
12 Burying My Babyp. 195
13 Starting Overp. 209
14 A Blessed Lifep. 219
Part III
15 The Promisep. 231
16 "Honey, We've Got a Lot of Work to Do"p. 247
17 Heart of 29p. 257
18 Worsening. Waitingp. 275
19 The Greatest Giftp. 283
20 Saving Lives, Togetherp. 293
Epiloguep. 315
Acknowledgmentsp. 319