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    10.22.16 @ 11:41 AM
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    Default Hall Of Famer Rizzuto dies

    NEW YORK (AP) - August 14, 2007 - Phil Rizzuto, the Hall of Fame shortstop during the Yankees' dynasty years and beloved by a generation of fans for exclaiming "Holy cow!" as a broadcaster, died Tuesday. He was 89.

    His death was confirmed by the Yankees. Rizzuto had been in declining health for several years and was living at a nursing home in West Orange, N.J.

    Rizzuto, known as "The Scooter," played for the Yankees throughout the 1940s and '50s and won seven World Series titles.

    Phil Rizzuto was a flashy, diminutive player who could always be counted on for a perfect bunt, a nice slide or a diving catch in a lineup better known for its cornerstone sluggers. He played for 13 seasons alongside the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

    He stood just 5-foot-6 but was equipped with a productive bat, sure hands and quick feet that earned him his nickname. A leadoff man, Rizzuto was a superb bunter, used to good advantage by the Yankee teams that won 11 pennants and nine World Series between 1941 and 1956.

    Rizzuto tried out with the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants when he was 16, but because of his size was dismissed by Dodgers manager Casey Stengel, who told him to "Go get a shoeshine box." He went on to become one of Stengel's most dependable players.

    A Rizzuto bunt, a steal and a DiMaggio hit made up the scoring trademark of the Yankees' golden era, and he played errorless ball in 21 consecutive World Series games. DiMaggio said the shortstop "held the team together."

    Rizzuto came to the Yankees in 1941 and batted .307 as a rookie, and his career was interrupted by a stint in the Navy during World War II. He returned in 1946 and four years later became the American League MVP. He batted .324 that season with a slugging percentage of .439 and 200 hits, second most in the league. He also went 58 games without an error, making 288 straight plays.

    He led all AL shortstops in double plays three times and had a career batting average of .273 with at least a .930 fielding percentage.
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    08.23.15 @ 01:47 PM
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    A very sad day for the Yankees franchise.

    One of the greatest broadcasters of alltime & a great Yankee! He will be sorely missed.

    Rest in Peace Mr. Rizzuto.

    ~Say hi to Mickey and the boys in heaven Scooter~
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    10.23.16 @ 04:56 AM
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    RIP Phil......
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    10.23.16 @ 07:00 PM
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    rip scooter

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    Anyone growing up in south Florida before the Marlins rolled into town remembers the Yankee broadcasts aired here, and Mr. Rizzuto.

    R.I.P., Scooter. You'll be missed by several generations of baseball fans.
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