RIP Scooter Rizzuto

// August 14th, 2007

It’s a sad day in Yankee land. Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto, the New York Yankees‘ Hall of Fame shortstop, retired #10 & broadcast announcer, passed away at the age 89 today.

Scooter, a Brooklyn native standing at 5′6″, was a key Yankee during the championship years of the 1940s & 1950s. He played in 9 World Series with the Yanks, winning 7 of them, including 5 in a row from 1949 - 1953. In 1950, Scooter won the AL MVP batting leadoff for the Yanks. Scooter was known for his strong defense, small ball, clutch hitting, and excellent bunting ability.

He became even better known for his broadcasting Yankees games. I grew up listening to him call Yankees games & he was one of my favorites by far. Originator of the “Holy Cow!” call, Scooter was among the most beloved sports announcers out there, musing at times in the middle of the game about having dinner with his wife or other random streams of consciousness. He might not have been the best, but he was always endearing, a great teammate & a great Yankee.

RIP Scooter. You’re in the big Money Store in the sky now…

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