Rosie Lou Person was born in 1927 and grew up on a plantation in Midway, Alabama, with one brother and eleven sisters. When she was 15, she began helping her father pick cotton, grow peas and plow the farm.

Rosie Lou left Alabama for East Chicago, met Early Person, had 7 children, and seven grandchildren, one of whom she raised, Kenny Lofton. Kenny, who was 4 1/2 pounds when he was born, was so tiny, his bassinet was a dresser drawer.  It was Rosie Lou who taught Kenny how to throw his first baseball.

Kenny has overcome many obstacles to arrive at where he is today. He promised his grandmother that he would go to college - and he did, on a basketball scholarship to the University of Arizona. He did not start playing baseball until late in his college years. Kenny also overcame a stuttering problem as a child - inspired in many respects by the strength and courage of his grandmother.

Unbeknownst to many, Kenny's favorite food is banana pudding, and he has a very special recipe, which he will only share with Rosie Lou. His greatest accomplishment, notwithstanding all of his athletic achievements, was buying his grandmother her home.

Rosie Lou is blind, but this does not stop her from attending Kenny's games with the rest of her family and yelling at the refs when they call him out. Rosie says that Kenny inherited her stubbornness and that what she loves most about him is that he was always obedient and a very, very good boy...

Kenny, whose team always seems to be going to the World Series when he is on the roster, is now back playing wiht the Cleveland Indians.



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Facts about Kenny

  • 6-time All-Star

  • Career .300 hitter

  • 4 Golden Gloves

  • Has stolen almost
    500 bases

  • Originally went to the University of Arizona on a basketball scholarship

  • Went to the NCAA Final Four in 1988

"Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family." — Clare Boothe Luce


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