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Phil Rizzuto Dies @ 89

Phil Rizzuto, a former New York Yankees shortstop and Hall of Fame member who played on seven World Series champions before becoming the team's broadcast voice, has died at the age of 89, the Yankees said on Tuesday.

"I guess heaven must have needed a shortstop," Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner said.

"Phil Rizzuto's contributions to the Yankees and the sport of baseball were immense for a period of over 50 years. He was one of the greatest Yankees of all time and a dear, close friend of mine whose loss is enormous to me and to the entire Yankee family," Steinbrenner said in a statement.

Rizzuto played his entire 13-year career with the Yankees and started at shortstop in nine World Series, with the Bronx Bombers, as they were called, taking the championship seven times.

After his playing career, he began a long stint as a broadcaster for the Yanks and became known for his signature exclamation "Holy Cow."

He had a career .273 batting average and was regarded as one of baseball's top defensive shortstops with a fielding percentage of .968.

"Phil was a gem, one of the greatest people I ever knew -- a dear friend and great teammate," former Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, 82, said in a statement.

"He was a heck of a player, too. When I first came up to the Yankees, he was like a big, actually small, brother to me. He's meant an awful lot to baseball and the Yankees and has left us with a lot of wonderful memories."

Rizzuto, nicknamed the "Scooter," began his Major League career in 1941, playing in his first World Series against the crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

He was named American League Most Valuable Player in 1950 when he hit .324 and scored 125 runs.

In 1994 Rizzuto was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, 34 years after he first became eligible for the honor.

"Thank God for baseball," he said at the time. "The era I played in was the greatest baseball ever played, but boy, I would like to play just one year now at the money they are making now."
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He was a Yankee? F#*K him.



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Go ahead and delete it then
So sorry...
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Go ahead and delete it then
So sorry...
I cares... so sad... he will be missed!

GO YANKEES!
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Goodbye to a truly great player. Most ss wish they were as good as him. Thanks T/l for the post.
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Wow, some of you are just plain wrong

Where's the love ??

He was a good player and announcer. Go Yankees
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Wow, some of you are just plain wrong

Where's the love ??

He was a good player and announcer. Go Yankees

Yes he was... A great Player!I went to a game on Phil Rizzuto Hall of Fame day back in 94!
I even remember his money store commercials...
1-880-Loan-yes and who can forget Paradise By the Dashboard light?
Ok, here we go, we got a real pressure cooker
going here, two down, nobody on, no score,
bottom of the ninth, there's the wind-up and
there it is, a line shot up the middle, look
at him go. This boy can really fly!
He's rounding first and really turning it on
now, he's not letting up at all, he's gonna
try for second; the ball is bobbled out in center,
and here comes the throw, and what a throw!
He's gonna slide in head first, here he comes, he's out!
No, wait, safe--safe at second base, this kid really
makes things happen out there.
Batter steps up to the plate, here's the pitch--
he's going, and what a jump he's got, he's trying
for third, here's the throw, it's in the dirt--
safe at third! Holy cow, stolen base!
He's taking a pretty big lead out there, almost
daring him to try and pick him off. The pitcher
glance over, winds up, and it's bunted, bunted
down the third base line, the suicide squeeze in on!
Here he comes, squeeze play, it's gonna be close,
here's the throw, there's the play at the plate,
holy cow, I think he's gonna make it!


RIP!
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And this is what separates most Yankees fans from Red Sox Fans. This mentality! Regardless of who he played for he was important to the sport and his life ended, that doesn't make his life any less worthy of being remembered.
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Yeah what she said
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And this is what separates most Yankees fans from Red Sox Fans. This mentality! Regardless of who he played for he was important to the sport and his life ended, that doesn't make his life any less worthy of being remembered.
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And this is what separates most Yankees fans from Red Sox Fans. This mentality! Regardless of who he played for he was important to the sport and his life ended, that doesn't make his life any less worthy of being remembered.
He played before my time. The only thing I remember about the guy is he was doing those stupid Money Store commercials. Thats it!!! I dont care what team he played for. I dont know the guy so I dont really care.
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