Dec 1, 2009, 3:49 PM EDT
Tommy Henrich, who spent his entire career in pinstripes and was the oldest living Yankee, passed away Tuesday at 96.
Henrich played with the Yankees from 1937 through 1950, excepting a three-year absence due to World War II. He went to five All-Star Games, played on four World Series champs and finished his career with an exceptional .282/.382/.491 line in 4,603 at-bats.
Obviously, the quantity wasn’t there, but if he had put in 12 full years, rather then seven, he would have had a Hall of Fame argument.
In 1947, he finished third in the AL in OPS behind Ted Williams and teammate Joe DiMaggio. In 1948, he came in fourth behind the same duo and Lou Boudreau. In 1949, he finished second behind Williams. Unfortunately, an injury-filled season followed in 1950 and he opted to call it a career at age 37.
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