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Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron, hero of the Yankees’ 1958 World Series team, dead at 81
NY DAILY NEWS ^ | 04/27/12 | Bill Madden

Posted on 04/27/2012 11:07:27 AM PDT by Doogle

Skowron, a four-time All-Star, was the Yankees’ regular first baseman from 1955-62, averaging 21 homers and 75 RBI and finished his career with a .282 average, 211 homers and 888 RBI. He was especially lethal in the World Series in which he compiled a .293 average, eight homers and 29 RBI in 39 games over eight Fall Classics.

In the 1956 World Series for the Yankees, Skowron had been held hitless by the Dodgers until the seventh game when he came to bat with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and hit a grand slam homer into the left field stands to break the game open. Two years later, Skowron spurred the Yankees to a comeback from three games to one against the Braves by singling home what proved to be the winning run in the 10th inning of their Game 6 4-3 victory, then hit a decisive three-run eighth-inning homer off Yankee killer Lew Burdette for the 6-2 Game 7 win.

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KEYWORDS: baseball; mlb; nyyankees; obituary; skowron
RIP Moose
1 posted on 04/27/2012 11:07:38 AM PDT by Doogle
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To: Doogle

RIP Mr. Skowron.


2 posted on 04/27/2012 11:08:41 AM PDT by angcat (GO YANKES!)
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To: Chode

ping


3 posted on 04/27/2012 11:09:06 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

William Joseph “Moose” Skowron Jr. (December 18,1930 - April 27, 2012) is a former Major League Baseball player, primarily a first baseman. He was a Community Relations Representative for the White Sox.

Skowron was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is of Polish descent. His father was a garbage collector. After his grandfather gave the seven year old Skowron a haircut that looked like the dictator’s and his friends jokingly called him “Mussolini”, his family shortened the nickname to “Moose.”[1] The name stuck throughout his career.

“Moose” attended Weber High School on the intersection of Division and Ashland in Chicago. He went to Purdue University, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, on a football scholarship, but found himself better suited to baseball when he hit .500 as a sophomore, a record in the Big Ten Conference that lasted ten years.

Signed by the New York Yankees in 1950 as an amateur free agent, he played his first game for the Yankees on April 13, 1954. He wore uniform number 53 in the 1954 season, but switched to #14 in 1955 and stayed with that number for the rest of his years with the Yankees. In the beginning, he was platooned at first base with Joe Collins, but from 1958 on he became the Yankees’ full time first baseman. He played in five All-Star Games as a Yankee: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961.

On November 26, 1962 he was traded by the Yankees to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Stan Williams. He kept his Yankee uniform number, 14, on the Dodgers. Although Skowron floundered against National League pitching, batting just .203 in 237 at bats with four home runs, he stunned his former team in the 1963 World Series. Playing against his old Yankee teammates, Skowron led the Dodgers with a .385 average and a home run, as Los Angeles swept New York in four straight games.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 11:12:59 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Doogle
Rest in Peace, Moose! One of the greats - many fond memories of watching him in my childhood.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

5 posted on 04/27/2012 11:13:09 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Doogle

RIP Moose. Gave me quite a relief to see another right handed hitter hit so many of his HR's to right field.

6 posted on 04/27/2012 11:16:57 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: N. Theknow

That card should have had the picture of the ball going off of Canseco’s head.


7 posted on 04/27/2012 11:18:23 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Doogle

RIP, Moose.

Good memories of Moose Skowron at first base for the White Sox in the 60’s. My favorite Sox player tho, was Mike Hershberger, a fleet-footed strong armed right fielder who tried to throw out runners at first base on line drive singles to right. Andy the Clown could make his yell “C’mon Hershberger!” seemingly last a full minute.


8 posted on 04/27/2012 11:22:26 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Doogle
I grew up in the 50s/60s on LI, a few miles east of Manhattan, when Willie, Mickey and the Duke patrolled their respective center fields.
Every year it was Moose, Scooter, Yogi, Whitey and the M&M boys who won the pennant and brought the World Series back to where it belonged - the House that Ruth built.
It was a great time to be a kid.
9 posted on 04/27/2012 11:30:48 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar

I fondly recall listening to Mel Allen during those days when Moose would have a good day at bat: “the Moose is loose” Allen would proclaim.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 11:32:30 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: oh8eleven

...Moose used to tell the story of him and Hank Bauer being invited to dinner with Joe D and Marilyn Monroe....Moose said he was so nervous he shaved three times

11 posted on 04/27/2012 11:42:08 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: oh8eleven

I know....


12 posted on 04/27/2012 11:44:13 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: oh8eleven

me too.....on L.I....loved my Yankees....good times...


13 posted on 04/27/2012 11:58:04 AM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
Wow.

Thanks for some great White Sox memories, 2nd Bn.

My entire family is from metro Chicago.

My parents moved to south Florida in the 1940’s.

Strange as it seems today, Broward County was almost entirely transplants from the Midwest in those days.

I used to listen to Bob Elson broadcast every Sox game on one of just three or four radio stations in the area.

And Hershberger’s arm!

I'd get to see a couple games at Comiskey during summer vacation each year.

I saw Hershberger field an average fly ball with a runner tagging on third.

My dad is beating on my shoulder saying “Watch him, watch him.”

Perfect strike to home plate.

The runner didn't even try to slide.

The stadium went crazy.

14 posted on 04/27/2012 11:59:02 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
Strange as it seems today, Broward County was almost entirely transplants from the Midwest in those days.

It still was back in the mid-70s when I moved there...Miami was a whole other world to Fort Lauderdale back then. That all changed starting in the 80s. Now it's all just one big googleplex.

15 posted on 04/27/2012 12:02:26 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Doogle

I seem to recall Moose playing for the Senators under Ted Williams, is my old mind fading?


16 posted on 04/27/2012 12:10:42 PM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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To: N. Theknow

I swear - as I looked at the baseball card, I smelled the bubble gum and cardboard.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 12:11:39 PM PDT by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Rest in Peace, Moose! One of the greats - many fond memories of watching him in my childhood.

I also saw him at the park a few times. Just his name made him an attraction
18 posted on 04/27/2012 12:14:46 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: stockpirate
I seem to recall Moose playing for the Senators
At least for a while in '64 ...

19 posted on 04/27/2012 12:23:44 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Doogle

his BB card said he was born in 1928


20 posted on 04/27/2012 12:23:56 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Doogle

Talk about Beauty and the Beasts!


21 posted on 04/27/2012 12:28:13 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

*schruggs*...maybe it’s a misprint


22 posted on 04/27/2012 12:29:27 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

RIP.


23 posted on 04/27/2012 12:36:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: oh8eleven
I had that card (Topps '67). I wonder what it would be worth today? On the other hand... I don't think I'd want to know. I had a Mickey Mantle from that year, too. And Hank Aaron. And Carl Yastrzemski...

RIP, Moose.

24 posted on 04/27/2012 12:39:14 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh
I had that card (Topps '67). I wonder what it would be worth today?
Probably no more than a buck. As a kid, I had all the cards that were the best of the 50s, but put them all into the spokes on my bike. Hey - I was cooool.
Good story here - "The Rise and Fall of Baseball Cards."
25 posted on 04/27/2012 1:26:24 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

Thz, I remeber seeing him play then....Mooooooooooooooooooose we would call from the stands...


26 posted on 04/27/2012 2:50:17 PM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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To: Doogle
as the old saying goes, i used to be a millionaire... then my Mom threw out my baseball cards! RIP
27 posted on 04/27/2012 2:50:59 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

I discovered when I was 8 that if I cut my brothers BB cards semi in half, I could put two together and make great cross beams for building multilevel card houses....I also discovered that I could scream and run very fast when he found out what I had done...


28 posted on 04/27/2012 3:44:35 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: andy58-in-nh

$12.95


29 posted on 04/27/2012 3:50:37 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle
LOLOLOL
30 posted on 04/27/2012 3:51:28 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: stockpirate

Ted’s first year as the Senator’s manager was ‘69. The Moose was out of MLB by then.


31 posted on 04/27/2012 4:25:54 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired high up in the mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: Doogle

I loved Moose Skowron. He was a great guy, and I enjoyed when he would sit in during White Sox broadcasts in recent years. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. RIP, Moose. God bless the Skowron family.


32 posted on 04/27/2012 4:46:53 PM PDT by CrosscutSaw
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To: bobby.223

That’s correct, but at my age then and my age now I may have merged the two, but I do remember seeing both, just not at the same time I guess.

I have Ted’s autograph....


33 posted on 04/27/2012 5:57:23 PM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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