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Tony Kubek Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

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

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

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