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THE NEW YORK YANKEES - BASEBALL BAT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ART DITMAR, JIM COATES, BILL "MOOSE" SKOWRON, CLETE BOYER, HECTOR LOPEZ, JOHNNY BLANCHARD, BOBBY RICHARDSON, WHITEY FORD, TONY KUBEK, RALPH TERRY, BOB TURLEY, RYNE DUREN - DOCUMENT 277490
 

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NEW YORK YANKEES (1961)
Cooperstown bat with Yankee logo, signed by 16 members of the 1961 World Championship team.
Baseball Bat signed: "Bob Turley", "Bobby Richardson", "Art Ditmar", "Joe DeMaestri", "Jack Reed", "Ryne Duren", "Johnny Blanchard", "Clete Boyer", "Moose Skowron", "Ralph Terry", "Hector Lopez", "Tony Kubek", "Bill Gardner", "Jim Coates", "Bud Daley" and "Whitey Ford". Official Cooperstown Bat Company New York Yankees commemorative bat, signed in felt tip on the barrel by 16. When great baseball teams are named, the 1961 Yankees always figure in the discussion. The team, managed by Ralph Houk, won 109 games and whipped the Cincinnati Reds in a five-game World Series. True, 1961 was an expansion year, with the American League expanded to 10 teams, but this team, led by Cy Young-winner Whitey Ford and featuring the great home run chase, would have been strong in any era. Fine condition.


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THE NEW YORK YANKEES   ART DITMAR   JIM COATES   BILL SKOWRON   CLETE BOYER   HECTOR LOPEZ   JOHNNY BLANCHARD   BOBBY RICHARDSON   WHITEY FORD   TONY KUBEK   RALPH TERRY   BOB TURLEY   RYNE DUREN  


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ART DITMAR
Born: April 3, 1929 in Winthrop, Massachusetts

Film Credits
1960 1960 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person)


JIM COATES
Born: August 4, 1932 in Farnham, Virginia

Film Credits
2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person)


BILL SKOWRON
Born: December 18, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 27, 2012 in Arlington Heights, Illinois


Baseball Career:
First Game: April 13, 1954; Final Game: October 1, 1967
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 11" Weight: 195

Awards and Achievements:
Named Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1952)
Named first baseman on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1960)



Film Credits
2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2005 Mantle (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2000-2003 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1987 New York Yankees The Movie (in person), 1964 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1963 Mister Ed (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person), 1959-1960 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1958 Damn Yankees! (Other), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 The Arthur Murray Party (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1956 1956 World Series (in person), 1955 1955 World Series (in person)


CLETE BOYER
Born: February 9, 1937 in Cassville, Missouri
Died: June 4, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia


Baseball Career:
First Game: June 5, 1955; Final Game: May 23, 1971
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 165

Awards and Achievements:
Won NL Gold Glove as third baseman (1969)



Film Credits
2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1992-1993 Sunday Night Baseball (in person), 1969 1969 National League Championship Series (in person), 1964 What's My Line (in person), 1964 1964 World Series (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person)


HECTOR LOPEZ
Born: July 8, 1929 in Colon, Panama


JOHNNY BLANCHARD
Born: February 26, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: March 25, 2009 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota


Baseball Career:
Full name John Edwin Blanchard
First Game: September 25, 1955; Final Game: September 27, 1965
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 193

Johnny Blanchard
This article was written by George Rekela and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

In 1949 Bantam Books published Joe DiMaggio's autobiography Lucky To Be a Yankee.  It could be the title of Johnny Blanchard's life story as well. "I was so lucky to have been a member of the best New York Yankee team ever," Blanchard says, referring to the 1961 Bronx Bombers. "With any other organization, I probably would have made the majors faster [he was signed by New York in 1951], and I might have had a longer career, but I wouldn't trade my days with the Yankees for anything.  I was truly blessed in that regard."

With the Yankees, Johnny Blanchard played baseball on a national stage.  The Yankees drew coast-to-coast television coverage and were World Series participants in all but one of John's years in New York.  Blanchard was the catcher in the historic seventh game of the 1960 World Series, a contest considered by many to have been the greatest game ever played.

It was a single by Blanchard in the top of the 8th inning that drove in left-fielder Yogi Berra and gave New York what appeared to be a commanding 7-4 lead.  Pittsburgh, however, roared back with five runs, topped by Hal Smith's three-run homer off Jim Coates.  In the ninth, the Yankees tied the score, setting up the confrontation between New York reliever Ralph Terry and leadoff-hitter Bill Mazeroski.  As his pitcher warmed up, Blanchard noticed that Terry was having trouble adjusting to the height of the mound at Forbes Field.  Terry's warm-up throws were coming in too high.

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Film Credits
2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2009 Prime 9 (in person), 2005 Mantle (in person), 2005 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2000-2003 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1964 1964 World Series (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person)


BOBBY RICHARDSON
Born: August 19, 1935 in Sumter, South Carolina

Baseball Career:
First Game: August 5, 1955; Final Game: October 2, 1966
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 9" Weight: 170

Awards and Achievements:
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1960)
Named second baseman on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1961 to 1966)
Won AL Gold Glove as second baseman (1961 to 1965)

Bobby Richardson
This article was written by Len Pasculli and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Bobby Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees from 1955 to 1966, a key contributor during one of the Yankees' most successful stretches in their legendary history. Richardson was by all accounts a slick, rangy glove man and a steady stick man. He won the Gold Glove Award five times, he batted over .300 in two different seasons, and he was selected to the American League All-Star team eight times. (1) And when the October spotlight was turned on, Richardson excelled. His lifetime regular season statistics include a .266 batting average, a .299 on-base percentage, and a .335 slugging percentage. In World Series play, however, he batted .305 with a .331 OBP and .405 SLG.

Richardson played in seven World Series, 36 games in all including a major league record 30 consecutive World Series games, and he holds several remarkable World Series hitting records as well: he is one of only four players to have 11 or more hits in two different World Series, he has the most RBIs in a World Series [12], and the most RBIs in a single World Series game [6]. His total of 40 World Series hits places him at #13 on the list of Most World Series Hits in a Career, as of this writing. Richardson is the only second baseman and the only player from the losing team to win the coveted Sport Magazine World Series MVP award. (2) Bobby Richardson was inarguably one of the best second sackers in his day, and a convincing case could be made that he is the greatest all-time Yankee second baseman after Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri.

Robert Clinton Richardson, Jr., was born on August 19, 1935, the second child born to Robert Clinton, Sr. and Willie (nee Owens) Richardson of Sumter, South Carolina. Older sister Inez was born one year earlier and little sister Willie Ann was born one year later. His father was part owner and manager of Richardson Marble and Granite Works and his mother was a homemaker. ("My father was the type who would sit quietly in the bleachers and watch me play.")


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Film Credits
2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1987 New York Yankees The Movie (in person), 1976 The Way It Was (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964 1964 World Series (in person), 1964 1964 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 1963 1963 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person)


WHITEY FORD
Born: October 21, 1928 in New York City, New York

Full name Edward Charles Ford
Born October 21, 1928, New York, New York
First Game: July 1, 1950; Final Game: May 21, 1967
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 5' 10" Weight: 178

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1974
Named Major League Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1961)
Named AL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1955, 1961 and 1963)
Named AL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (1950)
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1961)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1955 to 1956)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1961 and 1963)



Film Credits
2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2010 A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 Toots (in person), 2005 Mantle (in person), 2005 1955, Seven Days of Fall (Other), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2002 The Tim McCarver Show (in person), 2001 61* (Other), 2001 61* (Performer), 2000-2003 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 The Boys Behind the Desk (Performer), 2000 The Boys Behind the Desk (in person), 2000 Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter (in person), 1995 Once There Was a Ballpark (in person), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1990 The Golden Decade of Baseball (in person), 1989 The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast (in person), 1987 New York Yankees The Movie (in person), 1985 Greats of the Game (in person), 1984 Remington Steele (in person), 1980 It's My Turn (in person), 1977 The Way It Was (in person), 1964 1964 World Series (in person), 1963 Inside Danny Baker (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 1962 Safe at Home! (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person), 1958-1963 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (in person), 1957 The Arthur Murray Party (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person), 1956 1956 World Series (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1955 1955 World Series (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1954 1954 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1953 1953 World Series (in person), 1950 1950 World Series (in person)


TONY KUBEK
Born: October 12, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Baseball Career:
First Game: April 20, 1957; Final Game: October 3, 1965
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 6' 3" Weight: 190

Awards and Achievements:
Named AL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1957)
Named AL Rookie Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1957)
Named shortstop on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1961)

Tony Kubek
This article was written by Joseph Wancho and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Tony Kubek was a bit anxious. Not just because he was the starting left fielder for the New York Yankees, or that he was a rookie who was participating in his first World Series. But the series had shifted to his hometown of Milwaukee.    For the first time, his family would see him play in a major-league game.   The Braves had moved from Boston to Milwaukee after the 1952 season, and his family and friends were big supporters of the home team.    For the Series, he was able to fulfill the ticket requests that came his way from family and friends, and it seemed to him that everywhere he looked around County Stadium, he saw a familiar face.

The Series had begun in New York, with the teams splitting two games before heading west. In the first game in Milwaukee, with one out in the top of the first inning, Kubek, who was one week shy of his 22nd birthday, stepped in against Braves starter Bob Buhl. He hit a home run off of Buhl; the baseball just cleared the fence in right field. As he rounded the bases, Kubek paused at second and glanced out at right field as if he had doubts that the ball had gone over. "I guess I just looked because I was surprised," he said later.

In the fourth inning Kubek singled and scored on a Mickey Mantle blast. Then in the seventh Kubek went deep again, stroking a three-run homer off Bob Trowbridge. "I was shaking with excitement as I trotted around the bases (after his first home run), and to my amazement there was the most deafening silence I had ever heard," he said. "In the seventh inning, again I went around the bases. I couldn't hear a sound coming from the crowd of more than 45,000. It was as if nothing happened.   And the stands were filled with relatives and friends who had known me all my life. Not a peep."

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Film Credits
2010 Prime 9 (Other), 1991 The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (in person), 1989 MSG Network: New York Yankees Baseball (in person), 1989 1989 American League Championship Series (in person), 1987 1987 American League Championship Series (in person), 1985 1985 American League Championship Series (in person), 1983 1983 American League Championship Series (in person), 1982 1982 World Series (in person), 1981 1981 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1981 1981 American League Championship Series (in person), 1980 World Series Pre-game Show (in person), 1980 1980 World Series (in person), 1979 1979 National League Championship Series (in person), 1979 1979 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1978 World Series Pre-game Show (in person), 1977 1977 National League Championship Series (in person), 1977 1977 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1977 1977 American League Championship Series (in person), 1976-1977 The Way It Was (in person), 1976 1976 World Series (in person), 1975 1975 World Series (in person), 1975 1975 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1975 1975 American League Championship Series (in person), 1974 1974 World Series (in person), 1974 1974 National League Championship Series (in person), 1974 1974 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 1974 American League Championship Series (in person), 1973 1973 World Series (in person), 1973 1973 National League Championship Series (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1973 1973 American League Championship Series (in person), 1972 1972 World Series (in person), 1972 1972 National League Championship Series (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 1972 American League Championship Series (in person), 1971 1971 World Series (in person), 1971 1971 National League Championship Series (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 1971 American League Championship Series (in person), 1970 1970 World Series (in person), 1970 1970 National League Championship Series (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 American League Championship Series (in person), 1969 1969 World Series (in person), 1969 1969 National League Championship Series (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 American League Championship Series (in person), 1968 1968 World Series (in person), 1966 Game of the Week (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person), 1947 Major League Baseball on NBC (in person)


RALPH TERRY
Born: January 9, 1936 in Big Cabin, Oklahoma

Baseball Career:
First Game: August 6, 1956; Final Game: April 22, 1967
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 3" Weight: 195

Awards and Achievements:
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1962)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1962)



Film Credits
1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1964 1964 World Series (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person)


BOB TURLEY
Born: September 19, 1930 in Troy, New York

Baseball Career:
First Game: September 29, 1951; Final Game: September 21, 1963
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 2" Weight: 215

Awards and Achievements:
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1958)
Named Major League Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1958)
Named AL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1958)
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1958)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1958)



Film Credits
2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2005 1955, Seven Days of Fall (Other), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1987 New York Yankees The Movie (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person), 1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person), 1956 1956 World Series (in person), 1955 1955 World Series (in person)


RYNE DUREN
Born: February 22, 1929 in Cazenovia, Wisconsin
Died: January 6, 1911 in Lake Wales, Florida



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