Phil "The Scooter" Rizzuto PSA/DNA HOF

Phil Rizzuto PSA/DNA HOF

Philip Francis Rizzuto (the "Scooter")

Born in Brooklyn, NY => September 25, 1917

Debut => April 14, 1941

Final Game => August 16, 1956

Inducted into the Hall of Fame => 1994

A very clean ball with a crisp ink signature that we have been careful not to touch. The ball is an "official" Rawlings ball manufactured for the American League while Bobby Brown was league president.

Most famous expression as a NY Yankees broadcaster from 1957 to 1996 was "Holy Cow!" He was also fond of calling players "huckleberries."

Rizzuto's 1953 Topps baseball card read in part: "Phil was turned down by the Dodgers because he was too small. He tried out for the Yanks. Despite his size, a scout liked him and sent him to a Yank farm. Later Phil was the Yank shortstop who helped N.Y. beat the Dodgers in 3 World Series!"

Rizzuto played his first major-league game on April 14, 1941. He played for the New York Yankees for his entire 13-year career, almost exclusively as a shortstop. Like many baseball players, his career was interrupted by a stint in the United States Navy during World War II. From 1943 through 1945, he played on the Navy's baseball team.

Rizzuto was voted Most Valuable Player by a large margin in the American League
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