Rizzuto, Phil

Philip Francis Rizzuto
Born: September 25, 1917, Brooklyn, New York
Died: August 13, 2007, West Orange, New Jersey
Played For: 
New York Yankees (1941-1942, 1946-1956)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1994

Phil Rizzuto overcame his diminutive size to anchor a Yankees dynasty, helping New York win seven of nine World Series during his 13 seasons, not counting three years lost to World War II. The Scooter was a durable and deft shortstop, skilled bunter and enthusiastic baserunner who compiled a .273 lifetime batting average. A five-time All-Star, Rizzuto was named the American League's MVP in 1950 when he excelled with a .324 average, 200 hits and .439 slugging percentage. Upon retirement, he spent 40 years as a popular Yankees broadcaster.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Phil Rizzuto was the first mystery guest on the television program What's My Line when the show premiered on Feb. 2, 1950?
I'll take any way to get into the Hall of Fame. If they want a batboy, I'll go in as a batboy.