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PHILIP FRANCIS RIZZUTO

 

Philip Francis Rizzuto (born Fiero Francis Rizzuto, September 25, 1916 - August 13, 2007), nicknamed "The Scooter," was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who spent his entire career from 1941 to 1956 with the New York Yankees. A popular figure on a team dynasty which captured 10 American League titles in his 13 seasons, he holds World Series records for most career games, putouts, assists and double plays as a shortstop. He was named the AL's Most Valuable Player in 1950 after leading the team to its second consecutive pennant with a .324 batting average. He led the AL in double plays three times and in putouts and fielding percentage twice each. His 1,217 career double plays ranked second in major league history when he retired, trailing only Luke Appling's total of 1,424, and his .968 career fielding average trailed only Lou Boudreau's mark of .973 among AL shortstops. Rizzuto later enjoyed a 40-year career as a radio and television sports announcer for the Yankees, becoming known for his popular but idiosyncratic style. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994, having been selected by a Veterans Committee vote.

 

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