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Phil Rizzuto

Sportscaster and MLB Shortstop Phil Rizzuto

Full Name: Philip Francis Rizzuto, nicknamed "The Scooter"
Profession: Sportscaster and MLB Shortstop

United States of America

Why Famous: Thirteen year career with the NY Yankees including as MVP in 1950 during which the team captured 7 World Championships.

After his playing career, Rizzuto had a 40-year career as a radio and television sports announcer for the Yankees, famous for his trademark expression "holy cow!".

Born: September 25, 1918
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Libra

Died: August 13, 2007 (aged 88)

Historical Events

  • 1956-08-25 To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yanks release Phil Rizzuto
  • 1956-12-18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
  • 1985-08-04 New York Yankees retire champion Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto's #10
  • 1988-03-01 For first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges passed over
  • 1994-02-25 New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1994-07-31 New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame