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Moose Skowron, Andy Carey and Wes Covington, former Dodgers players, pass away

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  • Moose Skowron, Andy Carey and Wes Covington, former Dodgers players, pass away

    Skowron was traded from the Yankees to the Dodgers in late 1962 for Stan Williams. He spent one year in Los Angeles, 1963, mostly struggling during the regular season. He came alive during that year's World Series, hitting .385 with one home run and three RBI, helping lead the Dodgers to a World Series victory.

    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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    Coincidentally, Carey was Skowron's teammate in New York from 1954 through 1960, though he played in L.A. a year before Moose arrived. He spent what would be the final year of his career with the Dodgers, 1962, and was used primarily as a bench player. He posted a solid .333 OBP in 53 games.

    NEW YORK -- Andy Carey, a former Yankees third baseman who helped preserve Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game, passed away on Dec. 15 in Costa Mesa, Calif., his family announced. He was 80.

    A career .260 hitter, Carey played in 11 Major League seasons from 1952-62, beginning with the Yankees at age 20 in '52 and spending nine seasons wearing pinstripes.

    Born on Oct. 18, 1931, in Oakland, Calif., Carey signed with the Yankees after spending a summer playing semi-pro ball in Weiser, Idaho. As New York's everyday third baseman in '55, Carey led the league with 11 triples and was known as a solid defender and clutch hitter.
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    Covington, who died last year, signed with the Dodgers partway through the 1966 season, his final big league year. Used off the bench, he played in 37 games for the team, hitting one home run--off of Mets pitcher Bob Friend, who was also playing his final season.

    Wes Covington, who helped the Milwaukee Braves win the World Series in 1957, died on Monday from cancer in Edmonton, Alberta. The 79-year-old Covington played left field for the Braves from 1956-through’-61. He had a .284 batting average during that stretch, with 64 homers and 235 RBI’s. Covington went on to play with Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia before calling it a career with the Dodgers in 1966. After that, Covington moved to western Canada and ran a sporting goods business. He later served for 20 years as the advertising manager for the Edmonton Sun newspaper.

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