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BILL "MOOSE" SKOWRON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: CLETE BOYER, TOMMY BYRNE, PHIL RIZZUTO, ENOS SLAUGHTER, HANK BAUER - HFSID 279253

Photo of the entrance to the old, now-closed Yankee Stadium, signed by six former Yankees, including Hall of Famers Enos Slaughter and Phil Rizzuto and All-Stars Bill Skowron, Hank Bauer and Tommy Byrne

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BILL "MOOSE" SKOWRON, CLETE BOYER, ENOS "COUNTRY" SLAUGHTER, HANK BAUER, PHIL "SCOOTER" RIZZUTO, TOMMY BYRNE
Photo of the entrance to the old, now-closed Yankee Stadium, signed by six former Yankees, including Hall of Famers Enos Slaughter and Phil Rizzuto and All-Stars Bill Skowron, Hank Bauer and Tommy Byrne
Color photograph signed "Tommy Byrne", "Moose Skowron", "Clete Boyer", "Hank Bauer", "Phil Rizzuto" and "Enos Slaughter/HOF - 85", plus three unidentified signatures, all in blue ink. Color, 14x10¾. This historic photo is of Yankee Stadium, home to one of the most storied sports teams in history and which was closed on Sept. 21, 2008. Yankee Stadium was opened in 1923 and saw, in its long career, three papal masses, numerous important boxing matches and the ascension of baseball greats Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, as well as the glory years of the Yankees. As of this biography, the Yankees are awaiting the construction of New Yankee Stadium, which is adjacent to the original stadium and is scheduled to be opened in 2009, for their new venue. SKOWRON, born William Joseph Skowron, Jr. in Chicago, Illinois in 1930, joined the Yankees as a first baseman in 1954. A powerful opposite-field hitter, he topped the .300 mark five times with New York and was All-Star first baseman in 1960. Skowron was voted All-Star in 1957-61 and 1965. He became a hero of the 1958 World Series versus the Braves. He drove in what proved to be the winning run in Game Six, and hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of the final game to give New York a 6-2 victory. He was traded to the Dodgers in 1963. BOYER (1937-2007, born Cletis Leroy Boyer in Atlanta, Georgia) ranked as a top AL defensive third baseman during his eight years with the Yankees, overshadowed only by Baltimore's Brooks Robinson. In the 1962 World Series, he batted .318 against the Giants, including a home run in the opening game. When he homered in the seventh game of the 1964 WS two innings after his brother Ken had homered for the Cardinals, it marked the only time that brothers had connected for home runs in the same WS game. He holds the WS record for most career assists by a third baseman (66). Traded to the Braves after the 1966 season, he enjoyed his best offensive year in 1967 with 26 homers and 96 RBI. He led NL third basemen in fielding in 1967 and 1969. In 1938, SLAUGHTER (1916-2002, born in Roxboro, NC) arrived in St. Louis to play for the Cardinals. He was a left-handed batter who hit .300 or better ten times. He led the National League with 52 doubles in 1939 and with 188 hits in 1942, and led in triples in 1942 and 1949. He captured the league RBI title with 130 in 1946. Slaughter was the leader of and top hitter (.318) on the 1942 World Championship Cardinals. He split the 1955 season between New York and Kansas City, leading the American League with 16 pinch hits. He was with the Yankees for their 1956, '57, and '58 pennants. He had 48 pinch at-bats in each of his last two seasons, leading the League in 1958. In 1985, he was elected to the Hall of Fame. BAUER (1922-2007, born Henry Albert Bauer in East St. Louis, Illinois) didn't give away runs or make mental mistakes, and he had a fierce determination to win. Bauer collected nine World Series checks while with the Yankees. A solid hitter with both power and speed, Bauer started three straight All-Star games (1952-1954), and he hit 26 HRs in 1956 and 18 first-inning leadoff HRs in his career. Bauer hit a three-run triple in the finale of the 1951 WS, and he secured the 4-3 win over the Giants with a sliding catch in right field as the would-be tying run was streaking home. From 1956-1958, Bauer set a WS record with a 17-game hitting streak. He was eventually traded to the A's in the deal that brought Roger Maris to New York. Bauer later managed the Orioles to the 1966 World Championship. RIZZUTO (1916-2007, born Phillip Francis Rizzuto in Brooklyn, New York) was an All-Star shortstop five times, and he was named the American League MVP in 1950, when he peaked with a .324 average and 200 hits. Rizzuto played on nine pennant winners and seven World Champions over his 13-year career. He was one of the most skillful bunters of all time. A long-time Yankee broadcaster known for his exclamation, "Holy cow!" Rizzuto saw his uniform #10 retired by the club in 1985. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1994. The Yankees won Game 2, to even the 1951 World Series at a game apiece. They went on to whip the New York Giants, who had won a much-celebrated 3-game National pennant playoff over the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 6 games. BYRNE (1919-2007, born Thomas Joseph Byrne in Baltimore, Maryland) was a major league pitcher who mostly played with the New York Yankees from 1943 to 1957. Byrne was a southpaw with - to put it diplomatically - only casual control over the ball, averaging a walk an inning over his career and leading the American League in bases on balls from 1949 to 1951 and in hit batsmen from 1948 to 1952 (racking up an amazing 17 beaners in 1950). That he stayed in the majors for so long is a testament to his oft-overlooked prowess on the mound: he had three seasons with 15 or more wins and led the American League in win-loss percentage in 1955. His performance was good enough to earn him a place on the 1950 All-Star Team. Byrne managed to keep enough control to chalk up an 85-69 record with a 4.11 career ERA. Lightly toned and bowed. Bauer's signature is lightly smeared but legible. Otherwise in fine condition.

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