Friday, August 17, 2007

In Memoriam: Phil Rizzuto

This week New York mourns the loss of one of its native sons and most iconic figures. The former New York Yankees' shortstop Phil Rizzuto died of pneumonia Wednesday. His voice and trade mark "Holy Cow!" had become synonymous with the Yankees during his long career as the team announcer. He played for the Yankees during the glory days of 1941 to 1956. I remember him mostly for this Money Store commercials in the 1970s. When Yankees owner George Steinbrenner learned of Rizzuto's death, he said "Heaven must have needed a shortstop." Phil Rizzuto was 89.

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At 12:01 PM, Blogger Todd HellsKitchen said...

All the Yanks are wearing a #10 on their sleeves in tribute to Rizzuto!

At 10:22 AM, Blogger judy said...

I must admit I have always had great affection for the pint-sized shortstop from Brooklyn. "The Scooter" was, with his great spunk and enthusiasm always fun to watch and to listen to. Though he lived in Hillside, NJ since the '50's, he has always epitomized the classic feisty New Yorker. He also donated millions to St. Joseph School for the Blind, including proceeds from those Money Store commercials you remember. He was a good guy, and we'll miss him.


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