A phenomenal base stealer, Sam "The Jet" Jethroe of the Boston Braves, was named National League Rookie of the Year in 1950. He was a Major League Baseball "rookie," but Jethroe was no beginner. He'd been a Negro Leagues star and was one of three players (along with Jackie Robinson) invited to a sham tryout for the majors in 1947. Three years later, at age 32-plus, Sam Jethroe became the oldest-ever MLB Rookie of the Year.
Who was the first catcher to be named Major League Baseball's rookie of the year?
A) Johnny Bench
B) Carlton Fisk
C) Thurman Munson
D) Earl Williams
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