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Yankees Legend Phil Rizzuto Dead at 89

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yankees legend Phil Rizzuto has died at the age of 89. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more on the shortstop's hall of fame career and his four decades in the broadcast booth.

The Scooter played 13 seasons with the Yankees, winning the World Series seven times. Rizzuto played from 1941 and to 1956, taking three years off while he fought in the Navy during World War Two.

He was born in Brooklyn, the son of a streetcar motorman and only played with the Yankees, alongside power hitters like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Rizzuto was known as a slick fielding player who could be counted on for a perfect bunt or a nice slide.

In 1950 he was the league's most valuable player. The year after he retired from playing, he joined the team's broadcast booth and stayed there for forty years, all the while using his trademark phrase "Holy Cow." For WNYC, I'm Dan Blumberg.

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