Robert Henry Cerv
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 210 lbs
- School University of Nebraska
- High School Weston (NE) High School
- Debut August 1, 1951
- Final Game July 29, 1962
- Born May 5, 1925 in Weston, NE USA
- Died April 6, 2017 in Blair, NE USA
Born in Nebraska, he played college ball for the Cornhuskers after serving in the Navy during World War II and seeing combat action in the Pacific theater. Signed in 1950, he was playing major league ball the next year at age 26, joining the outfield corps with another rookie named Mickey Mantle. Cerv was up with the Yankees each year from 1951 to 1956, but never appeared in more than 56 games. He hit .341/.411/.541 in 85 at bats in 1955 and .304/.396/.530 in 115 at bats in 1956. He hit a pinch home run in Game 5 of the 1955 World Series. In the 1956 World Series, which the Yankees won, he went 1 for 1, singling off Sal "The Barber" Maglie in Game 1.
An above-average hitter with considerable power, he had trouble cracking the Yankees' gifted lineup. Upon being purchased by Kansas City, he finally got to play and put together some strong numbers. He had his best season in 1958, hitting .305/.371/.592 with 38 home runs and 104 RBI in a career best 141 games. He was named to the All-Star team and was 4th in the MVP voting. He was traded back to the Yankees in May 1960, and hit .357 in the World Series against the Pittsburgh Pittsburgh. He batted lead-off or third in the lineup. He was briefly an original member of the Los Angeles Angels in 1961, before being traded yet again to the Yankees, in a deal involving hard-throwing, hard-living relief ace Ryne Duren. The Yanks became World Series champs, but Cerv did not appear in postseason play. In 1962, his last season, he played briefly for the Yankees and the expansion Houston Colt .45s in their first season.
- AL All-Star (1958)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1958 & 1959)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1958)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1958)
- Won two World Series with the New York Yankees (1956 and 1961; he did not play in the 1961 World Series)