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Fenway
02-03-2006, 10:18 AM
HOLY COW!!!

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/02/03/sports/baseball/03rizzuto.184.jpg
G. Paul Burnett/The New York Times
Phil Rizzuto: still adored at 88.

Phil Rizzuto is not the public man he once was, not at Yankee Stadium, not in a car racing over the George Washington Bridge in the seventh inning to beat the post-game traffic.

He is 88 years old, a bit frail, still eating cannoli, still playing a little golf.
Rizzuto is the oldest living baseball Hall of Famer, and, with Yogi Berra (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/yogi_berra/index.html?inline=nyt-per), the recipient of the generous fan adoration once reserved for Joe DiMaggio (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/d/joe_dimaggio/index.html?inline=nyt-per) that is displayed annually at the Yankees' (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/sports/baseball/majorleague/newyorkyankees/index.html?inline=nyt-org) Old-Timers' Day.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/03/sports/baseball/03rizzuto.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/02/03/sports/baseball/03rizzutoB.184.jpg Among the items Phil Rizzuto will put on sale is a 1940's Yankees cap
with a wad of chewed gum on top.

Hangar18
02-03-2006, 10:25 AM
I sure hope its not because he needs the money. that would be sad.

Iwritecode
02-03-2006, 10:37 AM
I had no idea who the guy was when they mentioned his name in "Billy Madison". :redface:

Fenway
02-03-2006, 10:37 AM
When cable TV came to Boston in the mid 70's one of the hooks was getting WPIX and 110 Yankees games a year and you would watch just to hear Phil babble ( imagine Ron Santo doing play by play )

One day back in the late 80's I met Phil at the Fenway press gate. There was a delay in the credentials coming down and they made Phil wait along with the rest of us. Billy Martin who was doing color then comes in and is waved right through. I asked Phil why he was forced to wait and he replied "They been doing this crap to me for 40 years, I hate this ******* town"

wilburaga
02-03-2006, 10:55 AM
When cable TV came to Boston in the mid 70's one of the hooks was getting WPIX and 110 Yankees games a year and you would watch just to hear Phil babble ( imagine Ron Santo doing play by play )

One day back in the late 80's I met Phil at the Fenway press gate. There was a delay in the credentials coming down and they made Phil wait along with the rest of us. Billy Martin who was doing color then comes in and is waved right through. I asked Phil why he was forced to wait and he replied "They been doing this crap to me for 40 years, I hate this ******* town"

Ah, Scooter - the first ever mystery guest on "What's My Line". He took the mantle of "oldest living Hall of Famer" from the Senor.

I remember once when Bill White took over the mike from Scooter during a game, and checked Scooter's scorecard to see what the current batter had done in his previous at bat. '"Hey, Scooter, what's a 'WW'?" The reply - "wasn't watching".

W

Fenway
02-03-2006, 11:03 AM
I had no idea who the guy was when they mentioned his name in "Billy Madison". :redface:

lucky many people just knew him for The Money Store commercials :?:

LuvSox
02-03-2006, 11:57 AM
lucky many people just knew him for The Money Store commercials :?:

Or the "Holy Cow" key chain on Seinfeld.