R.I.P. Scooter

One of the all time baseball greats, Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto, has passed away

Phil Rizzuto, the Hall of Fame shortstop during the New York Yankees’ dynasty years and beloved by a generation of fans who delighted in hearing him exclaim "Holy cow!" as a broadcaster, has died. He was 89.

Rizzuto had pneumonia and died in his sleep late Monday night, daughter Patricia Rizzuto said Tuesday. He had been in declining health for several years and was living at a nursing home in West Orange, N.J.

Known as "The Scooter," Rizzuto was the oldest living Hall of Famer. He played for the Yankees throughout the 1940s and ’50s, won seven World Series titles, was an AL MVP and played in five All-Star Games.

He really was one of the finest around, and, as a broadcaster, was one of the most recognizable voices around. Growing up in NJ, I heard him so, so, so many times, both broadcasting games and in TV and radio commercials, such as The Money Store ones. And, remember the great part in the Paradise By The Dashboard Light?

Classic, simply classic.

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