Rod Carew was born in the Panama Railroad
Stories from the United States' relationship with the Panama Canal, in celebration of its centenary
On October 1, 1945, Rod Carew was born on the Panama Railroad Company Span train. He later became one of the best Latin American baseball players in the U.S. Major Leagues. The train, which was divides by racial groups, was moving from Colon to Panama as his mother tried to reach the Gorgas hospital to give birth. She ended up having to give birth in the train and was assisted by a nurse and doctor traveling in white passenger section of the train. Ms. Carew named her son Rodney Cline, in honor of the doctor who brought him to the world. The nurse, Margaret Allen, became his godmother. In 2008, one of the Panama railroad’s wagon cars was named in honor of him.