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Rocky Nelson

Glenn Richard Nelson
Born: Nov. 18, 1924 in Portsmouth, Ohio
Died: Oct. 31, 2006 in Portsmouth, Ohio
Debut: 1949 | Pos: 1B
H: 5'11" | W: 178 | B: L | T: L

Yrs G AB R H HR RBI AVE
9 629 1394 186 347 31 173 .249

>> Visit the Rocky Nelson biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.


Rocky Nelson, who played for the Pirates in the 1960 World Series, died on Oct. 31, 2006 in Portsmouth, Ohio. He was 81. According to reports, he had been suffering from an extended illness.

Nelson hit .249 in his career with 31 home runs and 173 RBI. One of his best seasons cames in 1960 when he hit .300 with seven home runs and 35 RBI for the Pirates. He also hit a home run in the first inning of the seventh game of the 1960 World Series.

According to his obituary, he was a three-time MVP of the International League (1953, 1955, and 1958).

He married his wife, Alberta, at home plate in 1947, while he was playing for the Lynchburg (Va.) Cardinals.

He made his major league debut in 1949 with the St. Louis Cardinals. His career included the Cardinals (1949-1951), Pirates (1951), White Sox (1951), Dodgers (1952), Cleveland (1954), Dodgers (1956), Cardinals (1956) and the Pirates (1959-1961).