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|Bill "Moose" Skowron|
Born: December 18, 1930|
Died: April 27, 2012 (aged 81)|
|April 13, 1954 for the New York Yankees|
Last MLB appearance
|October 1, 1967 for the California Angels|
|Runs batted in||888|
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.
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." 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.
Skowron signed with the New York Yankees in September
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On November 26,
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On December 6,
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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.
Personal life and death
Skowron met and married Virginia Hulquist while he was playing for Austin.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.
- Moose Skowron, interview by Peter Sagal, Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!, NPR, week of September 6–12, 2008.
- Loomis, Tom (May 13, 1987). "Don't Blame Casey Stengel For Inventing Platoon System". Toledo Blade. p. 26. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Effrat, Louis. "Skowron Denies He Is a Holdout; First Baseman Says He Is Happy but Wants Raise Yankee Infielder to Talk Money With Hamey Today", The New York Times, February 1, 1961. Accessed April 11, 2011.
- "Former White Sox player and Community Ambassador Bill 'Moose' Skowron passes away," Chicago White Sox press release, Friday, April 27, 2012.
- Blum, R. (April 27, 2012). "5-time champion Moose Skowron dead at 81". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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