Glenn "Rocky" Nelson was a graduate of Portsmouth West High School in 1942. After graduation Rocky was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was regarded as one of the greatest sluggers ever to play in the International League. As a rookie in 1948, he helped the Rochester Red Wings qualify for the Governor's Cup playoffs. From 1953-1955, while playing for the Montreal Royals, Nelson led the International League once in batting average (1955), twice in homeruns (1954, 1955), and twice in RBI's (1953, 1955). He would win two triple crowns. In 1958, Nelson was voted International League Most Valuable Player.
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Rocky played in two major league World Series, 1952 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and in 1960 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In game seven he blasted a two run homer to help the Pirates defeat the hated New York Yankees in one of baseball's most memorable World Series.
For his efforts on the ball diamond, Rocky was inducted into Minor League Baseball's International League Hall of Fame in 1960 and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986, as well as The Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame.
Athletic Director Eric Nichols receives a picture of Rocky playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates from Rocky's widow, Alberta Nelson, and his brother, Al Nelson.
Portsmouth West's baseball coach Chris Rapp, Alberta Nelson, Al Nelson, and Callie, Al's wife, with the picture the family presented to Portsmouth West High School. The picture will be placed in the hallway next to the gym entrance. Our district thanks Rocky's family for their kind donation.