2011 MLB Rookie of the Year: Ranking the 25 Best ROY Seasons in AL History

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2011 MLB Rookie of the Year: Ranking the 25 Best ROY Seasons in AL History
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When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, many forget that his play lived up to the hype of the first African-American in Major League Baseball. 

Robinson earned Rookie of the Year honors, which was the first of its kind awarded. Two years later, in 1949, MLB split up the honor into two, one for the American League and one for the National League. 

Since 1949, the American League has seen some of the finest rookie seasons in MLB history from players who went on to achieve great things in the game. 

Before the winner is announced on Nov. 14, I looked at some of the more memorable rookie campaigns in history. When considering stats and contributions to their team's seasons, here is my list for the 25 best rookies of the year in the history of the American League. 

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