Monday, November 29, 2010

RIP Gil McDougald

This really is getting to be depressing. The Yankees family has taken quite a hit this year in personal losses. And now another Yankee from the past Gil McDougald has passed away.

The 82-yr old was the American League rookie of the year in 1951. A versatile player who could play all three infield positions and made the All-Star team six times, including at least once each as a 2nd baseman, shortstop, and 3rd baseman.

McDougald was a five time World Series champion, retiring after the 1960 season at age 32. McDougald's post professional baseball life included a coaching stint at Fordham University. Helater completely lost his hearing and had basically become a shut in. But his life became renewed in 1994 when he received cochlear implant. He then became a spokesman for the company and spoke about his experience before Congress.

Mr. McDougald was survived by his wife of 62 years, Lucille, and seven children. We send our condolences to his family and friends.

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