YOGI BERRA - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: WHITEY FORD, PHIL RIZZUTO - HFSID 250153
Sale Price $342.00
NEW YORK YANKEES: WHITEY FORD, YOGI BERRA and PHIL RIZZUTO
14x11 sepia publicity photograph of the New York Yankee trio
Photograph signed: "Whitey Ford", "Yogi Berra", and "Phil Rizzuto", all in black felt tip, sepia, 14x11. Photo montage of the three Hall of Famers, who were teammates in 1950 and from 1953-1956. 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 puzzling expressions like "Ninety percent of this game is half mental", "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded", and "It's déjà vu all over again." Edward “WHITEY" FORD 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 paced 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. Ford and Berra were teammates in 11 World Series. (Ford missed the 1951 and 1952 Series due to military service.) PHIL "SCOOTER" RIZZUTO (1916-2007) 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 skilled bunters of all time. A longtime 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. Minor surface creases (not evident head on) on upper background. Otherwise, fine condition.
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