Phil Rizzuto, the Hall of Fame shortstop during the Yankees' dynasty years and beloved by a generation of fans who delighted in hearing him exclaim "Holy cow!" as a broadcaster, died at age 89.
During that time, he touched our readers' lives. Here are some of their thoughts:
remember the hot summer days watching Yankee games with my grandma (god rest her soul), listening to Scooter. Brings a tear to my eye to think that they are both gone, at least I have the memories. We lost a great one yesterday. My condolences to the Rizzuto family.
I still remember as a kid going to get his autograph after a game, and him saying, "Just this one. I've got to get home. The spaghetti's on fire." He was the face of the team for millions of us.
So many of my childhood memories in the seventies involve watching the Yankees and listening to Rizzuto I can't imagine having the time to list them all. I will always remember the happiness in his voice when Chambliss hit his big homerun in 76 and the sadness in his voice when he talked of Thurman Munson after he died. He always just seemed like a genuinely decent guy, and I will miss him.
Phil will always be remembered, he was a true yankee and he basically invented the shortstop position
A warm summer night on the screened porch, a black and white TV, watching the Yanks with my Dad on channel 11 and listening to Phil Rizzuto. It didn't get any better than that. Thanks for the memories Scooter.
Rizzuto embodied everything good with baseball. As a kid baseball became my #1 sport because Rizzuto showed me the joy in all the little parts of the game. But that was Rizzuto, he say the joy in the little parts of life, and we are lucky enough that he shared them with us. You will be miss Rizzuto, there will never be another.
Growing up as a Yankee fan, I would write letters to Scooter asking him questions about the game. He wrote back each and every time. Name one player or former player that would do that today. He was a class act all the way.
Baseball is not the same today.
Phil Rizzuto was the yankees. I remember the 18 strike out game against the Angles when Phil got mad in the nineth inning when guys got out but did not strike out. I laugh just thinking about it. His leaving early to get over the bridge and the ribbing he took the next day from Bill White. His Hall of Fame speech was classic and the 10 o'clock thunder from the 1985 Yankees. He was one of a kind and Mr. Yankee. Was once asked about a player in the national league and he said " I don't follow that other league" I still use that to this day when someone asked me about the national league, it's all about the Yankee's. I will miss him like a friendly uncle down the street. Good bye old friend.