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Bill Skowron

Bill "Moose" Skowron
First baseman
Born: (1930-12-18)December 18, 1930
Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 27, 2012(2012-04-27) (aged 81)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 13, 1954 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1967 for the California Angels
Career statistics
Batting average .282
Home runs 211
Runs batted in 888
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Career highlights and awards

William Joseph "Moose" Skowron Jr. (December 18, 1930 – April 27, 2012) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman, primarily for the New York Yankees. Skowron was an All-Star for six of his fourteen seasons playing in the major leagues and helped win five World Series. He had been a community relations representative for the Chicago White Sox for several years when he died in 2012.

Early years

Skowron was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was of Polish descent. His father was a city garbage collector. One day his grandfather gave the seven-year-old Skowron a haircut that resembled a known Italian dictator's, which resulted in his friends jokingly calling him "Mussolini", and caused his family to shorten the nickname to "Moose."[1] The name stuck throughout his career.

Skowron attended Weber High School in Chicago, then went to Purdue University in Indiana, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Though Skowron went to the school on a football scholarship, he found himself better suited to baseball, hitting .500 as a sophomore in 1950, a record in the Big Ten Conference that lasted ten years.

Professional baseball career

Following his sophomore year at Purdue, Skowron was signed to play baseball for the Austin (MN) Packers in the Southern Minny League (Class AA-level town-team baseball). Skowron did so well in Austin that the Yankees made a contract offer.[2]

Major leagues

Skowron signed with the New York Yankees in September

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On November 26,

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He played in a total of 1478 major-league games, all but 15 as a first baseman. (He was in 13 games as a third baseman and two as a second baseman.)

Skowron made the last out of the 1957 World Series, but the following year he knocked in the winning run in game six of the 1958 World Series. Skowron also hit a three-run home run in game seven to propel the Yankees to a World Series win, and a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit. He also scored the only run in game seven of the 1962 World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

During his time with the Yankees, he resided in Hillsdale, New Jersey.[5]

Personal life and death

Skowron met and married Virginia Hulquist while he was playing for Austin.[6]He was inducted into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame on June 12, 1980 while living in Schaumburg, Illinois. In 1999, he became a community relations representative for the Chicago White Sox and was still holding this position when he died in 2012.[7]

Skowron died at age 81 on April 27, 2012, in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He died of congestive heart failure after a long battle with lung cancer.[8]

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