Former Major Leaguer Walt Dropo, who won the 1950 American League Rookie of the Year Award while with the Red Sox, died on Friday, according to a statement released by the University of Connecticut. He was 87.
Dropo, who played in the big leagues for 13 seasons (1949 to 1961), died of natural causes at his home in Peabody, Mass., according to the release.
Dropo made his big splash with the Red Sox in 1950, when he beat out Whitey Ford for the Rookie of the Year Award by batting .322 with 34 home runs and a league-best 144 RBIs in 136 games. He was also named an All-Star that season for the only time in his career.