Phil Rizzuto Pulled From The Lineup

The Scooter is gone. Phil Rizzuto has passed away.

There will be plenty of obits written. I won’t compete. As a former ballplayer, his stats are well preserved. There aren’t too many 5′ 6″, expert bunters, playing middle infield today.

In his final years as a Yankee broadcaster, I remember listening to Phil broadcasting a game on the radio, but being totally removed from it. He was known for leaving games before they were over and always being concerned about traffic.

His call went something like this: “So if you take the Third Avenue Bridge and then turn left… ball two… and get on the Deegan.” You get the idea.

Five foot six and larger than life. Holy cow!