The baseball firmament lost one of its all-time World Series stars. Bill “Moose” Skowron, a fixture at Yankees Oldtimers’ Day for decades following his career, died of congestive heart failure and cancer. Although he made the final out in the 1957 World Series, which the Yankees lost to the Milwaukee Braves (led by Lew Burdette and Warren Spahn), Skowron did little else wrong in a Series. He belted a dramatic three-run home run in the Yankees’s incredible 1958 comeback against the same Braves club. Five years later, Skowron destroyed his former team as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers when, not too many years after being a Brooklyn punching bag, they returned the favor by humiliating the 1963 Bronx Bombers in a four-game sweep—which also featured storied Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen losing his voice at some point during the shellacking. We say Farewell to the Moose, especially beloved by all Polish-Americans—as are the stars Tony Kubek, Stan “The Man” Musial, and Carl Yastrzemski—a clutch ballplayer.
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