Tony Lazzeri

“Poosh ’em up” Tony Lazzeri played second base in the 1920s and 1930s, mostly with the New York Yankees. He was the only professional baseball player to hit the natural cycle (single, double, triple and home run in order) and end it with a grand slam. He is also one of only three players in history to hit two grand slams in one game. Lazzeri was part of the “Murderer’s Row,” playing alongside baseball greats like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig. Everyone thought “Poosh ’em up”, the phrase fans yelled when he was up to bat, referred to pushing the runners around the bases. Actually, it was a crude interpretation of an Italian phrase which translated to mean hit the ball out of the park, as in get a home run. Tony Lazzeri was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, forty-five years after his death. When he was inducted, his widow Mae Lazzeri threw a frittata party to celebrate Tony’s Italian heritage and his career recognition.

-Marty and Tisha Peronto

Tony Lazzeri

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April 26, 2015
El Cerrito, CA

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