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John Junior Roseboro (May 13, 1933 – August 16, 2002) was a Major League Baseball catcher and coach, who was born in Ashland, Ohio.
A left-handed-hitter, Roseboro had a lifetime .249 batting average with 104 home runs and 548 RBI in 1585 games played with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1957–67), Minnesota Twins (1968–69) and Washington Senators (1970). He was a Gold Glove Award winner twice and a four-time All-Starduring a fourteen-year career.
On June 14, 1957, Roseboro succeeded Roy Campanella, whose playing career was ended the following January by a paralyzing automobile accident, as the Dodgers' full-time catcher. He also was the Dodgers' starting catcher in the 1959, 1963, 1965, and 1966 World Series, with his team winning the championship the first three times. In the Series, Roseboro was a .157 hitter with one home run and seven RBI in 21 games. The home run was against the New York Yankees in Game One of the 1963 World Series off Whitey Ford—the only home run the Yankee left-hander had yielded to a left-handed batter all season.
After completing his playing career with Washington, Roseboro coached for the Senators (1971) andCalifornia Angels (1972–74). Later, he served as a minor league batting instructor (1977) and catching instructor (1987) for the Dodgers. Roseboro and his wife, Barbara Fouch Roseboro, also owned a Beverly Hills public relations firm.
Roseboro appeared as a plainclothes officer in the 1967 "Dragnet" TV movie. He also appeared as himself in the 1962 Blake Edwards film "Experiment in Terror" along with Don Drysdale and Wally Moon.