THE NEW YORK YANKEES - BASEBALL BAT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: YOGI BERRA, WHITEY FORD, PHIL RIZZUTO - HFSID 283013
Sale Price $807.50
NEW YORK YANKEES: YOGI BERRA, WHITEY FORD and PHIL
All three Yankee greats signed this bat. Ford and Rizzuto have added their Hall of Fame years, and Berra his retired uniform number
Baseball Bat signed: "Whitey Ford/HOF 74", "Phil Rizzuto/HOF 94", "Yogi Berra #8". Rawlings Adirondack bat with Hall of Fame logo, signed by all three in blue sharpie on the barrel. A fine defensive catcher and handler of pitchers, YOGI BERRA (1925-2015) was also a feared slugger and clutch hitter who led powerful Yankee teams in RBIs seven years in a row (1949-1955) and was named AL Most Valuable Player three times. Though famous for swinging at bad pitches, Yogi seldom struck out. He played in a record 14 World Series - on the winning team a record 10 times - and made every All-Star team from 1948 to 1962. As manager of the Yankees and later the Mets, Berra is one of only three Major League managers (along with Joe McCarthy and Sparky Anderson) to win pennants in both leagues. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra is also famous for enriching the language with nonsensical expressions like "Ninety per cent of this game is half mental", "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded", and "déjà vu all over again." Edward "WHITEY" FORD (1928-2020) was the "money pitcher" on the great Yankee teams of the 1950s and early 1960s, earning him the moniker "Chairman of the Board". The wily southpaw's lifetime record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th century pitcher. He led the American League in victories three times, and in ERA and shutouts twice. The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic. Whitey Ford has the most career wins in the history of the New York Yankees with 236. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. PHIL 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 40-year Yankee broadcaster known for his exclamation, "Holy cow!" Rizzuto entered the Hall of Fame in 1994. Each of these stars played his entire Major League career with the Yankees (Rizzuto 1941-1956; Berra 1946-1965; Ford 1950-1967). Each had his uniform retired by the club. Fine condition.
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