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Moose Skowron, former Yankees first baseman, dead at 81
Published: Friday, April 27, 2012, 2:56 PM
Moose Skowron, a first baseman with the Yankees during the 1950s and ’60s, died today at age 81.
NEW YORK — Moose Skowron, a four-time All-Star first baseman who helped the Yankees win four World Series titles in the 1950s and 1960s, died today at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was 81.
The Yankees and Chicago White Sox announced his death, saying they had been notified by his family. He had worked for the White Sox since 1999.
“There weren’t many better guys than Moose,” Yankees legend Yogi Berra said in a statement released by the club. “He was a dear friend and a great team man. A darn good ballplayer, too. I’m going to miss him.”
Skowron played for the Yankees from 1954-62, then won a fifth title with Los Angeles in the first season after he was dealt to the Dodgers. He hit .282 in 14 major league seasons with 211 home runs and 888 RBI, also spending time with the expansion Washington Senators, the White Sox and the California Angels.
“Moose will always be remembered as being one of the key members of the Yankees’ dynasties in the 50’s and early 60’s,” said Yankees Managing General Partner, Hal Steinbrenner in a statement released by the club. “He was a winner in every sense of the word, and someone the Yankees family cared deeply for. Baseball lost one of its finest ambassadors, and on behalf of the entire organization, I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, Cookie, and his entire family.”