Rod Carew: One Tough Out
Rod Carew: One Tough Out

Rod Carew: One Tough Out

Fighting Off Life's Curveballs
By Rod Carew, By Jaime Aron


352 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

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ISBN 9781629377643

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2020)


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An unforgettable story of insight, inspiration, and faith
For a generation of American League baseball fans, Rod Carew was the definition of "batting champion." An insecure boy from Panama raised by a brutal father, Carew ascended to baseball stardom, tormenting pitchers with a smooth swing from a crouched stance and winning seven batting titles on his way to the Hall of Fame. It wasn't until he lost his beautiful 17-year-old daughter to an aggressive and rare form of leukemia that Carew had to re-gather himself and find new purpose outside of baseball. Then he was struck with a near-fatal heart attack and discovered that the heart transplant he received came from a 29-year-old pro football player whom he happened to have met years before. Now the parents of Konrad Reuland listen to their son's heart beating strong in Carew's chest, and Carew works to honor his daughter's wish that he "make a difference." Carew uses his own journey to show readers that regardless of what you may be facing–heart disease, cancer, divorce, an abusive relationship, premature retirement–you can persist and grow with the kind of grace, character, and determination that he learned to cultivate on the field and beyond.


"Rod Carew was more than a great baseball player. He is a person of character and grace. Those qualities are evident in the way he has faced his life's many triumphs and considerable adversities." —Bob Costas, broadcaster

"Carew, now 74, puts a human touch into the book that extends beyond baseball and sports." —Minneapolis Star Tribune  

"Rod was one of the best pure hitters to ever play the game. His approach to every at-bat made him a tough out for opposing pitchers. I'm sure he will carry that same positive approach with the recent health issue he is facing." —Joe Torre, Hall of Fame manager

 "Hitting is an art form and this guy never made mistakes. In the dictionary of baseball, the definition of 'tough out' has his picture there, no words. He was an example of how to hang tough. Life for him was and is the same way. In tough seas, Rod will be a tough out to get." —Reggie Jackson, Hall of Fame slugger

"Woven throughout every story is God's redemptive plan and steadfast love." —Sports Spectrum 

"His batting titles came from dedication to honing his skills with a tremendous amount of intelligence and respect for his teammates and the game. His will to win inspired his teammates, and if it took a bunt, a triple, or a steal of home, he would do it. Rod will stare out at the situation and come up with his best. He is a classy man who has my respect and that of millions of other fans." —Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame catcher

"Often funny, sometimes sad and occasionally remarkable, just like Carew's extraordinary life. Certain aspects of his story you can't even make up." —Duluth Tribune 

"Rod Carew's success on the baseball field is well-documented. He was Rookie of the Year in 1967 and MVP in 1977, won seven batting titles, accumulated 3,053 career hits, and, in 1991, was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Yet despite all those achievements, his true legacy is what he has accomplished off the field—first, in helping to battle childhood cancers, and, now, putting a very personal face on heart disease." —Armen Keteyian, Contributor to 60 Minutes and coauthor of Tiger Woods 

Author Biography

Rod Carew played for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels, winning Rookie of the Year, seven batting titles, and the 1977 AL MVP award on his way to the Hall of Fame. He continues to serve as an ambassador for the Twins and Angels and is actively involved with Be The Match, Heart of 29, and other charitable organizations. Jaime Aron was Texas Sports Editor for The Associated Press for 13 years before becoming a writer for the national office of the American Heart Association in 2011. He lives in Dallas with his family.

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One Tough Out

Fighting Off Life’s Curveballs

By Rod Carew with Jaime Aron


Contact: Sam Ofman, Triumph Books, 312.568.5450,


With 3,053 hits, 18 straight All-Star appearances and seven batting titles, few players in baseball history measure up to Rod Carew. But life isn’t measured by statistics alone, and in the categories that matter most–perseverance, resilience and tenderness–Carew stands alone.


In One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life’s Curveballs (Triumph Books, May 12, 2020), the first-ballot Hall of Famer takes readers on a journey through his remarkable life. Born on a train in Panama, Carew overcame an abusive father, poverty and racism on his path to the majors. After being forced into retirement, he endured losing a daughter to leukemia and his own heart transplant. In this engaging, revealing autobiography, Carew balances the personal lows and on-field highs in an inspiring must-read for baseball fans across the country. Highlights include:


  • Anecdotes from Carew’s playing days with the Twins and Angels, including tales of stealing home, chasing .400 and lessons learned from Tony Oliva and Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew, Nolan Ryan and Reggie Jackson
  • Recounting his 18-year-old daughter’s fight with leukemia, and how the experience reshaped his entire outlook and future
  • The astounding discovery that his new heart came from Konrad Reuland, a 29-year-old NFL player whom he’d met years before, and the bond forged with Reuland’s family
  • How Carew consistently turned tragedies into opportunities, from saving countless lives through his promotion of the bone marrow registry to the millions of dollars he’s raised for pediatric cancers to the awareness he’s brought to heart disease and organ donation
  • Through it all, good and bad, there’s a strong undercurrent of his faith, instilled by his mother during his darkest days and sustained by his wife, Rhonda

About the Authors:

Rod Carew is one of the most decorated players in Major League Baseball history. The 1967 AL Rookie of the Year and 1977 AL Most Valuable Player, he remains on the executive staffs of both the Twins and 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 and has written six previous books. He is a senior writer for the American Heart Association.