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“Moose” Skowron long-time Yankees 1B dies at age 81

 

(By OCAL, courtesy Clker.com)

Bill “Moose” Skowron, one of only two players in history to hit three homers in World Series Game 7′s, died on Friday of congestive heart failure in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He was 81.

At the time of his death, he was employed by the Chicago White Sox as a community relations representative; a job he had held since 1999.

Skowron played for the Yankees, the Dodgers, Washington Senators, the White Sox and the California Angels. His final season was in 1967 for the Angels.

He was an 8-time All-Star, 5-time World Series titles.

He helped the Yankees win four titles in the 1950′s and 1960′s.

Skowron, was inducted in 1980 into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame.

His career totals include a .282 average with 211 homers and 888 RBI’s.

 

Clipart courtesy of Clker.com

 

Info compiled from MLB, Radio & TV news reports

Reds bring back Tomko; given a chance to make team

 

Brett Tomko (file photo)

The MLB team that helped launch Brett Tomko’s career, the Cincinnati Reds, have signed him to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Tomko has had an eventful 14-year career pitching for 10 teams; San Diego three times, Oakland, the Yankees, St. Louis, San Francisco, the Dodgers and Kansas City.

His record is 100-102 with 4.65 ERA and has 1,195 strikeouts.

The 38-year-old Tomko, who’ll be 39 on April 7, was Cincinnati’s second-round pick in the June 1995 draft. He was elevated to the majors in 1997 and spent three seasons with the Reds.

He will always be remembered for being a part of the four-player package the Reds shipped to Seattle to bring home Ken Griffey Jr. on February 10, 2000.

Tomko was 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in eight games with Texas in 2011.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

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Carter, Rivera honored by NY chapter BBWAA

 

Gary Carter in September 2008 with Golden Baseball League (photo by Resolute via wikipedia commons)

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter will be honored by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at its annual banquet on January 21.

The 57-year-old Carter, who was diagnosed in May with a malignant brain tumor, played with several teams in his MLB career; Montreal twice, the Mets, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Carter was one of the players who led the Mets to the 1986 World Series title over Boston, is being honored with the Milton and Arthur Richman You Gotta Have Heart award.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who became the all-time career saves leader in 2011 with 603, will be honored with the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town award.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Former MLB star Matty Alou dead at 72

 

Former major league outfielder Matty Alou is best known for his time with the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, but he also played for the St. Louis Cardinals twice, Oakland, the Yankees and San Diego.

Matty, once part of an all-Alou outfield for the Giants with Felipe and Jesus, died late last week in the Dominican Republic at age 72 of complications from diabetes.

The Alou’s made history in 1963 as the first all-brother major league outfield with the Giants for several games.

A two-time All-Star, Alou became the 1966 National League batting champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates by hitting .342.

Overall, he was a .307 career hitter with 31 homers, 427 RBI’s, 1,777 hits and 236 doubles in 15 major league seasons.

Before his health started failing, Alou was a long-time adviser in the Giants’ baseball operations department.

 

Info compiled from MLB, San Francisco Giants, Radio & TV news

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Ventura surprise pick as White Sox new manager

 

Robin Ventura (NY Yankees photo)

The Chicago White Sox moved quickly in replacing manager Ozzie Guillen, who left to become the new Miami Marlins skipper.

The White Sox named former third baseman Robin Ventura who played in the majors for them, the Mets, the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said that the 44-year-old Ventura was hired due to his familiarity with the team’s minor league system.

Ventura has never been a manager and rejoined the White Sox this past June as a special assistant to Buddy Bell, the team’s director of player development.

Ventura played 16 years in the majors, 1989-2004, and ended up with .267 average with 294 homers and 1,182 RBI’s. He was a 2-time All-Star, with six Gold Glove Awards and was the 1988 winner of the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Chicago White Sox & Baseball Encyclopedia

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