“Scooter” made his debut at shortstop with the Yankees in 1941, and quickly became a fixture in the New York infield. He played his entire 13 year career with the Bombers, was an important member of 9 AL pennant winning teams, and a 7 time World Champion. During his career, he hit .273 and totaled 1,588 hits. He was a 5 time All-Star, and in 1950 he was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
After his playing career was over, he spent 40 years as a beloved broadcaster to multiple generations of Yankee fans, endearing himself to his listeners with terms such as “huckleberry”, his love of cannolis, and his signature “Holy Cow!”, along with stories about his playing days.
His #10 was retired by the Yankees in 1985, and he was voted into Cooperstown by the Veteran’s Committee in 1994.
Phil Rizzuto Field, Hillside High School
May 8, 2015