Kenneth Andre Ian Rodgers
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Andre Rodgers, the first Bahamian to play in the major leagues, died on Dec. 13, 2004 at his home in Nassau, Bahamas. He was 70.
According to the Nassau Guardian, Rodgers died in his sleep. The paper reported that he hed been admitted to the hospital on three separate occasions in 2004 because of respiratory problems.
Rodgers made his debut in the majors at 22 with the New York Giants in 1957. In 854 career games, he hit .249 with 45 home runs and 245 RBI.
According to his obituary, Rodgers had been a talented cricket player and he paid his way to Florida for a tryout with the New York Giants in 1954. He did not make the team, but he would get his chance a couple of years later.
In 1957, he played in 32 games for the Giants and played 22 for the team in 1948 when the Giants moved to San Francisco. He was a part of the Giants roster until October 1960 when the Giants traded him to the Milwaukee Braves for Alvin Dark. Dark signed a contract to become the manager of the Giants.
Before the 1961 season started, the Braves traded Rodgers, along with Daryl Robertson to the Cubs for Moe Drabowsky and Seth Morehead. He played in 73 games for the Cubs in 1961 at several infield positions.
In 1962, he became the starting shortstop for the Cubs when Ernie Banks moved to first base.
One of his most productive seasons came in 1964 with the Cubs when he hit .239 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI, both career highs, while playing for the Cubs.
In December 1964, he was traded by the Cubs to Pittsburgh for Roberto Pena.
His last game in the majors came in 1967 with the Pirates.