Holy Scooter! Rizzuto Dies at 89

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Posts, Sports.

Hall-of-Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto, who played his entire
career with the New York Yankees and then went on to popularized the phrase “Holy
Cow!” as one of the great Yankee broadcasters, died this morning at 89 at a nursing home in West Orange, NJ. “The
Scooter” played 12 years for the Bronx Bombers in their glory days, capturing
seven World Series titles during that span. His baseball career, which stretched
from 1941 through 1956, was interrupted by three years of military service for
the United States Navy during World War II.

Rizzuto was born and raised in Brooklyn
and Queens and loved New York.
He made five All-Star teams and was voted the American League’s Most Valuable
Player in 1950 by a large margin. After retiring, he immediately joined the
Yankees’ broadcast team and called games for the next 40 years. His jovial
personality, his love for the Yankee organization, and his catchphrase “Holy
Cow!” endeared him to Yankees fans everywhere, and he became a permanent guest
on summer nights in people’s homes throughout the five boroughs.

“The Scooter” was an electric, diminutive player who
perfected the bunt, the steal and was a defensive guru. He played for 13
seasons alongside the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle and DiMaggio once
said the shortstop “held the team together.”