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Full Name: Robert Henry Cerv Primary Position: OF,LF
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/200 First Game: August 1, 1951
Birthdate: May 5, 1926 Final Game: July 29, 1962
Birthplace: Weston, Nebraska MLB Experience: 11 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Robert Henry Cerv (born May 5, 1926 in Weston, Nebraska) was an American baseball player. Prior to his professional career he was a standout baseball and basketball player at the University of Nebraska.

He signed with the New York Yankees in 1950, and was a little used reserve outfielder on the powerful Yankee teams of the early 1950s.

Following the 1956 season, he was sold to the Kansas City Athletics, where he became a regular. His best season was 1958, when he hit over .300, hit 38 homers, had over 100 RBIs, was elected to the American League All-Star team, and finished 4th in the MVP voting. He followed up in 1959 with 20 homers and 87 RBIs.

In May, 1960, he was traded back to the Yankees for Andy Carey, and his playing time was reduced somewhat. Following the 1960 season, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the expansion draft, but his stay was brief; in May 1961 he was traded back to the Yankees where he was a substitute and pinch hitter, and the housemate of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris during the historic homer race. In June 1962 he was traded to the Houston Colt .45s, who released him in July.

In his career he had 105 home runs, including 12 pinch hit homers, in only 892 pinch hit at bats. He also had a .276 batting average in his career with 624 hits in 2261 at bats.

Following his big league career he coached college baseball at Southeastern Missouri State College.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1951 NY A 12 28 4 6 0 2 .214 .313 .250 1 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 1
1952 NY A 36 87 11 21 1 8 .241 .313 .356 3 2 9 22 0 0 0 0 0
1953 NY A 8 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
1954 NY A 56 100 14 26 5 13 .260 .330 .470 6 0 11 17 0 0 0 0 3
1955 NY A 55 85 17 29 3 22 .341 .411 .541 4 2 7 16 3 1 4 0 1
1956 NY A 54 115 16 35 3 25 .304 .396 .530 5 6 18 13 0 1 0 0 3
1957 KC A 124 345 35 94 11 44 .272 .312 .420 14 2 20 57 1 2 1 1 13
1958 KC A 141 515 93 157 38 104 .305 .371 .592 20 7 50 82 5 0 3 10 19
1959 KC A 125 463 61 132 20 87 .285 .332 .479 22 4 35 87 3 1 3 5 13
1960 NY A 87 216 32 54 8 28 .250 .349 .421 11 1 30 36 3 0 0 2 6
1960 KC A 23 78 14 20 6 12 .256 .337 .526 1 1 10 17 0 0 0 1 2
1960 TOT A 110 294 46 74 14 40 .252 .346 .449 12 2 40 53 3 0 0 3 8
1961 NY A 57 118 17 32 6 20 .271 .344 .483 5 1 12 17 1 0 1 0 6
1961 LA A 18 57 3 9 2 6 .158 .169 .316 3 0 1 8 0 1 0 0 4
1961 TOT A 75 175 20 41 8 26 .234 .289 .429 8 1 13 25 1 1 1 0 10
1962 NY A 14 17 1 2 0 0 .118 .250 .176 1 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0
1962 HOU N 19 31 2 7 2 3 .226 .273 .419 0 0 2 10 0 0 0 0 2
1962 Total 33 48 3 9 2 3 .188 .264 .333 1 0 4 13 1 0 0 0 2
Total NL 19 31 2 7 2 3 .226 .273 .419 0 0 2 10 0 0 0 0 2
Total AL 810 2230 318 617 103 371 .277 .341 .482 96 26 210 382 17 6 12 19 71
Total 829 2261 320 624 105 374 .276 .340 .481 96 26 212 392 17 6 12 19 73

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1951 NY A OF 9 0 0 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1952 NY A OF 27 0 0 52 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1954 NY A OF 24 0 0 25 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .897
1955 NY A OF 20 0 0 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1956 NY A OF 44 0 0 59 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1957 KC A CF 34 28 230.1 59 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1957 KC A OF 90 77 690.1 157 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1957 KC A RF 23 21 193 40 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .953
1957 KC A LF 41 28 267 57 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1958 KC A LF 136 135 1151 298 13 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1958 KC A OF 136 135 1151 311 13 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1959 KC A LF 119 119 1009.2 231 8 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1959 KC A OF 119 119 1009.2 231 8 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1960 NY A OF 51 44 401.2 101 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1960 NY A RF 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1960 NY A LF 50 44 395.2 98 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1960 NY A CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1960 NY A 1B 3 3 21 22 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .960
1960 KC A OF 21 21 175 39 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1960 KC A LF 21 21 175 38 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1960 TOT A OF 72 65 576.2 140 10 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1960 TOT A LF 71 65 570.2 136 10 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1961 NY A 1B 3 3 23 24 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1961 NY A OF 30 24 213 55 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1961 NY A CF 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1961 NY A LF 28 24 209 52 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1961 LA A LF 15 14 118.1 21 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .955
1961 LA A OF 15 14 118.1 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .944
1961 TOT A LF 43 38 327.1 73 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1961 TOT A OF 45 38 331.1 72 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1962 NY A RF 3 3 22 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1962 NY A OF 3 3 22 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1962 HOU N OF 6 5 44 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1962 HOU N LF 6 5 44 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1962 Total OF 9 8 66 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
Total 1B 6 6 44 46 5 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 .981
Total OF 595 442 3825 1094 47 28 9 0 0 0 0 0 .976
Total CF 37 28 235.1 60 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .968
Total RF 27 24 220 44 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .957
Total LF 416 390 3369.2 800 38 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 .979

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by New York Yankees (1950).
  • Sold by New York Yankees to Kansas City Athletics (October 15, 1956).
  • Traded by Kansas City Athletics to New York Yankees in exchange for Andy Carey (May 19, 1960).
  • Selected by Los Angeles Angels from New York Yankees in the expansion draft (December 14, 1960).
  • Traded by Los Angeles Angels with Tex Clevenger to New York Yankees in exchange for Lee Thomas, Ryne Duren and Johnny James (May 8, 1961).
  • Sold by New York Yankees to Houston Colt .45s (June 26, 1962).
  • Released by Houston Colt .45s (July 30, 1962).

Trivia

  • All-Star Games: 1958
  • World Series Champion: 1956


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