New York Yankees’ former first baseman Bill “Moose” Skowron died today at the age of 81 after a long battle with lung cancer.
Moose was drafted by the Yankees in 1950 and played for New York for nine seasons from 1954-1962. He was a valuable member of five World Championship teams, four with the Yankees and an eight time All-Star. Moose had a lifetime batting average of .282 with 211 home runs and 888 RBIs.
Moose, known for his infamous crew cut, was a fixture at Yankee Old-Timer’s Day and was the right-handed power bat behind Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris during his playing days. Most believe if he played for anyone else, but New York he would have been in the Hall of Fame because he was a natural clean up hitter who batted sixth or seventh in those lineups.
During his time with the Yankees Skowron lived in Hillsdale, New Jersey and eventually retired back to his birthplace of Chicago, where he was a Community Relations Representative for the Chicago White Sox.