Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto

About Phil Rizzuto

Philip Francis Rizzuto (September 25, 1917 August 13, 2007), nicknamed 'The Scooter', was an American Major League Baseball shortstop. He spent his entire 13-year baseball career for the New York Yankees (-). Rizzuto was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. A popular figure on a team dynasty which captured 10 AL titles and seven World Championships in his 13 seasons, Rizzuto holds numerous World Series records for shortstops. His best statistical season was 1950, when he was named the American League's Most Valuable Player. Despite this offensive peak, Rizzuto was a classic 'small ball' player, noted for his strong defense in the infield. The slick-fielding Rizzuto is also regarded as one of the best bunters in baseball history. When he retired, his 1,217 career double plays ranked second in major league history, trailing only Luke Appling's total of 1,424, and his .968 career fielding average trailed only Lou Boudreau's mark of .

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