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Bill “Moose” Skowron: 1930-2012

Apr 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Bill “Moose” Skowron, a six-time All-Star first baseman who starred for the Yankees from 1954-1962, passed away today at age 81 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Skowron hit .292 with 165 homers and an .842 OPS in 1,087 games spread over nine seasons for the Yankees before being traded to the Dodgers for Stan Williams in November of 1962.

He played another five seasons for the Dodgers, White Sox, Senators, and Angels, but hit just .257 with a .686 OPS in 571 games after leaving the Yankees.

Skowron also experienced a lot of postseason success, batting .293 with eight homers and an .845 OPS in 39 playoff games, including a long ball against his old teammates as the Dodgers swept the Yankees in the 1963 World Series.

  1. nelsonsaint - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Very sad. He was a great storyteller.

  2. villi5ed - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Sad. Very underrated player. And he killed the Yankees in the ’63 Series in his first year
    away from NY as a Dodger.

  3. bigharold - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    RIP Moose.

  4. stex52 - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I remember him as a kid from the time that the only televised baseball we got was CBS doing the Yankess when they owned the team. He was part of an awesome hitting order, but he contributed his share of the pop.

    • chumthumper - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      My sentiments exactly. (You and I are probably about the same age.)

  5. mdpickles - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Look at the melon on that guy! No wonder they called him “Moose.” Gotta love that every ballplayer in those days went by their nicknames.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Actually, the story goes that he got an “unfortunate” haircut when growing up in Chicago that made him look like Mussillini. Thus, “Moose” from when he was a kid.
      I’ll really miss him at Old-Timers Day. RIP, Moose

  6. beefytrout - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Stay classy, guy who came in and gave a thumbs down to every post.

  7. uyf1950 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    RIP Moose. I remember watching you as a kid growing up in the city. You never got the credit you deserved.

  8. kachlucca - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I wonder how many of today’s “superstars” (let’s say… making more than $10 million per year) have better than a .292 average over the past nine seasons. Skowron lived in the shadow of all those Yankee superstars, but was still a great contributor to their success.

  9. davebrownspiral - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Only 32 years old, so I never saw him play. But as a life-long New Yorker and Yankees fan, learned about Moose from his appearances on WFAN with Mike Francessa. Usually Moose appeared alongside the late Hank Bauer. The two of them were essentially a comedy team. Lots of laughs and great stories about all the old Yankees.

  10. randygnyc - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    RIP.

  11. jwbiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Sorry to hear that. Just last night on the ChiSox radio broadcast, Ed Farmer said that he was ailing and he was going to see him today.

    Lots of laughs and great stories

    He owned and operated a bar for many years. There are thousands who would agree with you.

  12. jmmsr1 - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Great Yankee from the old school. RIP Mooooose!

  13. Brian Murphy - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    I had the opportunity to meet Moose a couple of times through Yankees fantasy camp. Nothing but a great man full of fantastic stories. He will be missed and always be loved. Rest easy, Moose.

  14. ponchorides - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Moose was often a visitor in the White Sox radio broadcast booth. He was always good for a few laughs. The year he played for the Dodgers, they beat the Yankees in the World Series. He said he couldn’t enjoy it because he felt bad for his old teamates. That was the Yankee in him. A great Chicagoan, RIP, Moose.

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