THE 1961 NEW YORK YANKEES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: BILL "MOOSE" SKOWRON, CLETE BOYER, JOHNNY BLANCHARD, BOBBY RICHARDSON, TONY KUBEK - HFSID 286873
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NEW YORK YANKEES (1961): BILL SKOWRON, BOBBY RICHARDSON, TONY KUBEK, CLETE BOYER and JOHNNY BLANCHARD
Photo montage featuring head and shoulders images, and also on-field images, of the four starting infielders on the World Championship team, along with pinch hitter and surprise Series hero Blanchard. Yankee Stadium can be seen behind them.
Composite Photograph signed: "Moose Skowron", "Bobby Richardson", "Johnny/Blanchard/400 BA/2 Home Runs", "Tony Kubek", "Clete Boyer". B/w, 8x10. Titled "World Series Champions", and signed by all 5 in blue sharpie. The 1961 Yankees, who went 109-53 and easily bested the Cincinnati Reds in a 5-game World Series, are considered one of the greatest baseball teams of all time. BILL "MOOSE" SKOWRON 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. Six seasons an All-Star, he became a hero of the 1958 World Series versus the Braves, driving in the winning run in Game Six, and hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning of the final game. He was traded to the Dodgers in 1963. BOBBY RICHARDSON played his entire career with the New York Yankees (1955-1966), playing second base on seven Yankee pennant-winners. He had great range and was particularly adept at turning the double play. Teamed with shortstop Kubek, he led the AL in double plays four times, and won five consecutive Gold Gloves. His sensational performance in the 1960 World Series won him Series MVP honors. He batted .367 with 11 hits, a grand slam, and eight runs scored, setting World Series records with 12 total RBI and 6 RBI in Game Three.. In 1961, he tied records for a five-game Series with nine hits and 23 at-bats, for a .391 average. He dramatically ended the 1962 Series when he caught Willie McCovey's hard liner with two on and two out in the ninth inning of Game Seven to preserve the Yankees' 1-0 victory over San Francisco. TONY KUBEK was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1957, hitting .297 and showing amazing versatility as he spent substantial time in the outfield, at shortstop, and at third base, with brief early stints at second base and first base as well. He became the Yankees' regular shortstop in 1958, pairing with Richardson as a great double play combination. A dangerous neck and back condition forced Kubek to retire at the age of 29, but he quickly became one of television's most successful baseball announcers. CLETE BOYER (1937-2007) 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. JOHNNY BLANCHARD (1933-2009) spent seven full seasons with the American League's New York Yankees (1955, 1959-1964) and split the 1965 season with the Yanks and Kansas City Athletics. A third-string catcher for the Yankees but a fine pinch hitter, Blanchard had his best season in 1961, when he hit 21 home runs, including a two-out, ninth-inning pinch-hit grand slam to subdue the Boston Red Sox 11-8 at Fenway Park on July 21. Just five days later, he tied a major league record by hitting his third and fourth homers in four at bats over three games, driving in four runs in the Yankees' 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Blanchard holds the record of ten World Series pinch-hitting appearances, and hit .400 and homered twice in the 1961 Series. Steiner hologram sticker and MLB numbered hologram sticker at lower sections. Fine condition.
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