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Baseball lost a great one yesterday as Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto died of pneumonia. He was 89. The Brooklyn born Rizzuto spent his entire thirteen year career with the Yankees, playing shortstop on nine World Series teams, while taking home seven championships. Besides all of Rizzuto’s World Series rings and five all-star appearances, the highlight of Rizzuto’s playing career had to be the 1950 season when he won the American League MVP Award. Rizzuto was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1994.

Obviously being 32, I never had the opportunity to see Rizzuto play. I remember Scooter for what a lot of other New Yorkers do; as an announcer. Growing up in New York, there were the Mets and the Yankees. If you wanted to watch baseball, those were your choices, except for NBC’s Saturday Game of the Week (until TBS was around with the Braves). The Mets had some games on WWOR, Channel 9, but a majority of them were on Sportschannel, a pay channel. I didn’t have that channel. The Yankees were on WPIX, Channel 11, and they broadcasted a majority of the games. As a child and as I grew up, I’d be glued to the TV watching the Yankees, listening to Phil Rizzuto and Fran Healy, Bill White or Bobby Mercer broadcast the game. Rizzuto was warm, always letting the viewers know how much he loved cannolis or his wife Cora. He would wish fans happy birthday and if one was sick, wished them well. Listening to Rizzuto’s broadcasts, you felt like you were part of his family. Then there were his catch phrases. “Holy Cow”, “Huckleberry”, or “Did you see that?” , were embedded in my mind. To this day when I hear them I think of Scooter.

The loss of Phil Rizzuto to New York is like when Chicago lost broadcasting legend, Harry Carey, or if Philadelphia lost Harry Calas, or Los Angeles Vin Scully. Another king is gone. A king who can’t be replaced. Rest in peace Scooter. You’ve given me memories that will last my lifetime.

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