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He called the action for 40 seasons from to , and was known for his "Holy Cow". Career peaked during the years with partners Bill White and Frank Messer. Non-Baseball fans remember him for his years as spokesperson for The Money Store.
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Edit Phil Rizzuto. Showing all 27 items. As a broadcaster for the Yankees for 40 years, he would exclaim "Holy cow! Played regular season games with the New York Yankees, at shortstop, in and , then from to Spent his entire playing career with the Yankees.
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He was the first "mystery guest" on the premiere show of What's My Line? Provided the baseball play-by-play element of Meatloaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". He was not told of the sexual nature of the song before he recorded his portion. Rizzuto had long given his birth year as , but he admitted to sportswriter Bill Madden - for the book "Pride of October" - that he had chopped a year off when signing with the Yankees, after other ballplayers told him it would give him an extra year at the end of his career.
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Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I enjoyed this book about Phil Rizzuto because it helped me understand better the work major league ballplayers had to put in back in the days when you had to be really good to make it to the bigs. I saw him play many times and he was so fast and quick you had to see it to believe it.
Joe DiMaggio states in the book that Rizzuto was the real glue that held the Yankee's together during their championship years and The Yankee Clipper might be right about that from what is revealed in the book. Besides being a great Hall of Fame player, Phil Rizzuto was a nice person and a good family man.
If you like reading how stars are made, where they come from and many stories about them you will enjoy this book. Norman Jones, Ed. Bill Emblom Top Contributor: Baseball. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. The book is primarily divided into three parts: pre-Yankee years, his baseball playing career, and his announcing career.
Former player Billy Hitchcock gave Phil his nickname because Rizzuto appeared to scoot around the bases.
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Rizzuto, along with second baseman Jerry Priddy, were supposed to be the next double play combination for the Yankees to replace Frank Crosetti and Joe Gordon, but it didn't work out that way as Priddy was eventually dealt off to the Washington Senators. We learn a lot about Yankee teammates throughout Rizzuto's playing years with Yogi Berra being Rizzuto's best friend on the team. Both would team up in the ownership of a bowling alley in New Jersey.
Phil Rizzuto: Hall of Fame Scooter
As Rizzuto's career was winding down during the season Rizzuto was asked by the team's general manager, George Weiss, and manager Casey Stengel who should be removed from the roster to make way for Enos Slaughter who was acquired for the stretch run at the pennant. After various suggestions were made by Rizzuto and rejected by both Weiss and Stengel it dawned on Phil that it was he they wanted removed from the roster.
So ended the career of their Hall-of-Fame shortstop. The author spends a lot of time on Phil's broadcasting career and provides us with insights into such cohorts as Red Barber, Mel Allen, Joe Garagiola, Bill White, and others. Red Barber accurately states that Rizzuto would not do the necessary preparation required to do a professional job.
Phil was content to announce birthdays and throw in other inane comments as fill-ins in addition to leaving early to beat the traffic home across the George Washington Bridge. Rizzuto was beloved by those he knew throughout his life, and author DeVito brings that out throughout the book as well. Rizzuto said the biggest mistake he made in his life was not attending the funeral of teammate Mickey Mantle.
I wouldn't call the book a classic, but it is, and probably will remain, the best account of the life of the Yankees' Hall of Fame shortstop who I was first introduced to by the bubble gum cards I bought during the s. One person found this helpful. I had high hopes for this book, as Rizzuto was my boyhood hero ahead of even Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford. Unfortunately, this book suffers from sloppy fact-checking throughout, as well as a writing style that makes the content difficult follow. The problems began early on when the author mentioned that Ted Williams hit.
Even a casual baseball fan will know that the actual batting average was. Factual errors such as this keep recurring in the text. Another example referred to Rizzuto's having been part of a The Camel News Caravan sportscast at pm. Even a casual student of network news in the s will recognize that the time should have been