Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New York Yankee Legend Phil Rizzuto Dies...

Phil Rizzuto, the Hall of Fame shortstop during the Yankees' dynasty years and beloved by a generation of fans who delighted in hearing him exclaim "Holy cow!" as a broadcaster, died early this morning in New Jersey. He was eighty-nine.

He won seven World Series titles, an AL MVP award and became a five-time All-Star.

My father was a big time Yankee fan and I remember Phil was his favorite announcer. While many announcers spouted statistics, Rizzuto told stories. He delighted television and radio listeners by spinning yarns about his fear of lightning, his favorite place to get a cannoli and the prospect of outfielder Dave Winfield as a candidate for president.

If you grew up in the NY/NJ area in the 1980s, then you might also fondly remember Phil Rizzuto's Money Store Commercials too...

The flags at Yankee Stadium were lowered to half-staff before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore and a bouquet was placed by Rizzuto's plaque at Monument Park.


Blogger Tracy said...

This was an excellent tribute. May he rest in peace.

26/8/07 13:25  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

Definitely made me think of my father and good ole WPIX channel 11.

27/8/07 18:23  
Blogger lioux said...

Oh. Em. Gee.

I TOTALLY remember Phil Rizzuto®™©™'s [R.I.P.] Money Store®™©™ Commercials!

And WPIX channel 11.

28/8/07 09:17  

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