On November 4, 1997 — Phillies infielder Scott Rolen, who led all freshman players in the National League in batting average (.283), home runs (21), and RBIs (92), is the unanimous choice for the circuit’s Rookie of the Year Award. The third baseman, who did not qualify as a rookie last season by one at-bat after having his wrist broken when hit by a pitch, becomes the first Philadelphia player to win the award since Dick Allen copped the honor in 1964.

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