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Moose Skowron and Allie Clark, former Yankees players, pass away

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  • Moose Skowron and Allie Clark, former Yankees players, pass away

    Skowron was an All-Star five times in a row with the Yankees.

    NEW YORK — Moose Skowron, a five-time World Series champion and one of only two players to hit three home runs in Game 7s, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was 81.

    Skowron helped the New York Yankees win four titles in the 1950s and 1960s.

    “There weren’t many better guys than Moose,” said former teammate Yogi Berra, the only other player with three Game 7 homers in the Series. “He was a dear friend and a great team man. A darn good ballplayer, too.”
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    Clark hit .373 in his only season with the Yankees.

    Jack McKeon will never forget sitting next to the man who started it all, soaking in baseball knowledge on the long train ride from South Amboy to Newark.

    Allie Clark was the kind of guy who wouldn’t forget the kids back home, the kind of player who would come by the old ball field alongside Saint Mary’s High School (now Cardinal McCarrick) and invite one to shag flies with the budding pros at Newark’s Ruppert Stadium.

    The first star in a baseball powerhouse town no bigger than two square miles, Clark, an outfielder on the World Champion 1947 Yankees, was the patriarch for four more major leaguers from the South Amboy area: McKeon, who managed the Marlins over the Yankees in the 2003 World Series; former Twins player and manager Tom Kelly, who guided Minnesota to two World Series victories (1987, 1991) and former Pirates players Johnny and Eddie O’Brien, the first twins in major league history to play for the same team.

    Yesterday, the day Clark passed away at age 88, his guidance and demeanor remained at the forefront among his friends and hometown residents.
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    I met Moose about twenty years ago at a signing in a hotel near JFK airport. He was there with Bauer,Larsen and Andy Carey. Moose was a real nice guy that day, in fact they all were. Dad always told me what a mistake it was to trade Moose to make room for Pepitone, and he always paraphrased the newspaper headlines from the '63 Series-"Yanks Lose As Skowron Hits". And of course Dad explained to me that the fans weren't booing him on OT Day, they were saying MOOOOSE.
    Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...


    • #3
      Moose just used to kill the Dodgers in the World Series.
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