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Walt Dropo dies at 87

Updated: December 18, 2010, 10:01 PM ET
Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. -- Walt Dropo, who played 13 seasons in the majors and won the 1950 American League Rookie of the Year award with the Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 87.

Dropo died Friday of natural causes, the University of Connecticut said Saturday in a statement. Dropo, who lived in Peabody, Mass., was a three-sport star at UConn in the 1940s and one of the greatest athletes in school history.

In 1950, Dropo beat out New York Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford to win AL Rookie of the Year ...

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