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Friday, April 27, 2012

Passing: Bill Skowron (Fox Sports)

Former Yankees first baseman Bill "Moose" Skowron, a five-time World Series champion who played alongside the likes of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra, died at 81, the team announced Friday, April 27. The six-time All-Star was a .282 career hitter, but continually made his mark in October, hitting .293 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 39 World Series games. "Moose could flat-out hit ... for average, and he had real power," the legendary Mantle once said. "People used to look at our lineup and concentrate on the guys in the middle of the order. Moose might have been batting sixth or seventh, but he made our lineup deep and more dangerous. You didn't want to give him too much around the plate. He was like Yogi, he could hit bad pitches out and beat you."


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