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Fenway
08-14-2007, 10:09 AM
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Phil Rizzuto dies at age 89 (http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=local&id=5566916)

Was oldest living member of Hall of Fame (http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=local&id=5566916)

Longtime New York Yankee great Phil Rizzuto died Tuesday at the age of 89.
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soxinem1
08-14-2007, 10:21 AM
I was just talking yesterday with someone about his commercails for 'The Money Store' in the 80's.

My condolences to Phil's loved ones and the NYY family.

I can hear Phil and Mel Allen like it was yesterday...

wilburaga
08-14-2007, 10:29 AM
Really, the face and voice of the Yankees for my generation.

R.I.P. Scooter.

W

whitesoxwilkes
08-14-2007, 10:31 AM
The first broadcaster I really remember as a kid, calling games on WPIX 11. RIP Phil.

VenturaFan23
08-14-2007, 11:04 AM
The first broadcaster I really remember as a kid, calling games on WPIX 11. RIP Phil.

Same here :whiner:

RIP Scooter

johnr1note
08-14-2007, 11:40 AM
Whatever is said of Phil as a ballplayer or as an announcer, he was a class act. He will be missed.

WhiteSoxJunkie
08-14-2007, 11:42 AM
Hearing his name always reminds me of Billy Madison. "That's not fair, Rizzuto isn't a word, he's a baseball player."

RIP

wilburaga
08-14-2007, 01:03 PM
MVP, Hall of Famer, decades long stint as Yankee announcer and yet to some he'll be best remembered for his memorable turn in 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights'. Scooter claimed that huckleberry Meat Loaf duped him.

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ode to veeck
08-14-2007, 01:33 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070814/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_obit_rizzuto;_ylt=AmjJOBB4h4RC09K2_RjKD60LMxIF

HOF SS played for 11 penannt winning Yankee teams, even while being away for WWII before, later becoming one of the most well known broadcasters around.

"Holy Cow!"

RKMeibalane
08-14-2007, 01:40 PM
R.I.P. Scooter

stl_sox_fan
08-14-2007, 01:55 PM
"The Pothole" episode of Seinfeld is still one of my favorites..


RIP Phil

thomas35forever
08-14-2007, 02:44 PM
I once saw him on Marv Albert's blooper reel starting to introduce himself as broadcast partner Bill White before stopping himself.

He also called Roger Maris' 61st home run. RIP Phil.

TornLabrum
08-14-2007, 03:21 PM
One by one, the players I remember as a kid are leaving us. I hated Rizzuto. I hated all the Yankees. That's how good they all were. It will be a truly sad day when they are all gone from us.

RIP Phil.

Railsplitter
08-14-2007, 07:47 PM
Scooter release's has been cited as one example of the calousness of the Yankees brass. It was Old Timers Day.

Frontman
08-14-2007, 07:57 PM
They were talking on ESPN today about how Phil Rizzuto was a "homer" and that's an era going away in the game of baseball. That Phil, like all great announcers connected to a team are not only professional announcers, but are fans of the game as well. That just because the national media act as if they need to be unbiased, it isn't a bad thing to have your PBP guy and color guys be fans of the team they call. (Sound like anyone we listen to? :wink:)

Hearing how this man conducted himself, especially with his release from the Yankees as a player; it says something about the man's integrity and character. To be associated with the Yankees for all those years? That's an incredible testament to him.

RIP Phil.

Brian26
08-14-2007, 07:59 PM
One by one, the players I remember as a kid are leaving us. I hated Rizzuto. I hated all the Yankees. That's how good they all were. It will be a truly sad day when they are all gone from us.


That's a powerful statement. You despised these guys, but it was because they were so darn good. There was a level of respect there, whether you knew it at the time is irrelevant. I have to wonder how future generations will perceive players of the current era as they retire and grow old. I can't imagine Giambi and Sheffield garnering the same sentiment.

RIP Scooter

PS - Did Harry use Holy Cow before Scooter, or vice versa?

Frontman
08-14-2007, 08:00 PM
One by one, the players I remember as a kid are leaving us. I hated Rizzuto. I hated all the Yankees. That's how good they all were. It will be a truly sad day when they are all gone from us.

RIP Phil.

You know Hal, I was thinking the same thing about how my favorites from my childhood are all getting old. Hell, seeing Kittle on TV recently, I was amazed at how old he looked to the way I remember him.

I think that's one of the greatest, and saddest things about baseball. We'll see men like Minnie Minnoso stay with us for generations and will make the world a bit of a sadder place when he's gone. That one day, him as well as great ball players like Banks and Berra will just be memories to tell our kids about.

Wild.

Nellie_Fox
08-15-2007, 12:00 AM
PS - Did Harry use Holy Cow before Scooter, or vice versa?That debate has never been settled.

stl_sox_fan
08-15-2007, 09:54 AM
PS - Did Harry use Holy Cow before Scooter, or vice versa?

They were discussing that on St Louis radio last night. Consensus was Harry started it. He was saying it while Phil was still playing. Scooter had a whole bunch of catch phrases he used. Heck he probably said Ovah! once or twice.

soxfan13
08-15-2007, 10:07 AM
That debate has never been settled.

My understanding is that Harry was using it while Phil was playing, so I would think Harry started it in the broadcast booth:smile:

Viva Medias B's
08-15-2007, 07:27 PM
I remember Rizzuto for The Money Store ads..."1-800-LOAN-YES"

Wsoxmike59
08-16-2007, 07:12 AM
Broadcasting career

Beginning the year after his retirement, Rizzuto joined the Yankees broadcast team. The broadcasting sponsor at that time insisted that the team hire him. General manager George Weiss (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Weiss_%28baseball%29) was forced to fire Jim Woods (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jim_Woods&action=edit) to make room for him in the booth.

Rizzuto broadcast Yankee games on radio and television for the next 40 years. His popular catchphrase (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catchphrase) was "Holy cow." Although Harry Caray (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Caray) was punctuating his broadcasts with the phrase even while Rizzuto was still playing, Rizzuto once claimed he'd been saying it his whole life, instead of using profanity.

Fenway
08-28-2007, 09:29 AM
The NY Daily News did a really nice tribute for The Scooter

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/08/15/2007-08-15_heaven_must_have_needed_a_shortstop_.html (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/08/15/2007-08-15_heaven_must_have_needed_a_shortstop_.html)

But this morning I just saw Bob Ryan's blog from 2 weeks ago which reminds us of the reason most of us knew Rizzuto

http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/bob_ryan_blog/2007/08/the_one_and_onl.html (http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/bob_ryan_blog/2007/08/the_one_and_onl.html)

But the playing talent alone wasn't the reason his obituary began on page A1 of the Aug. 15 New York Times, or why the Daily News had him on Page 1 with eight full pages of coverage and the Post had him on Page 1 with six pages of Scooter coverage.
This is the reason:

Oh man,
You talk about having fun broadcasting games.
That year, I mean there were home runs every day.
There was nothing but a lot of runs.
Makes it a lot easier.
All right!
Here's Lovullo.
Torey Luvollo.
I've been calling him "Tony."
And he pops it up.



Even when the Yankees were terrible I would watch WPIX mainly because of Phil. In the late 80's the booth was Scooter, Bill White and Billy Martin....great times. Think Santo doing play by play....That was Phil.

Those that never saw him here are some gems

Phil Rizzuto for The Money Store (http://youtube.com/watch?v=nDQHQkuv9l0)

phil and the dodge boys (http://youtube.com/watch?v=p9cRybvmXGA)

FRAN HEALY WITH PHIL RIZZUTO (http://youtube.com/watch?v=kpEqA5gKdh8)

wilburaga
08-28-2007, 11:24 AM
I saw Scooter get knocked on his butt by a real cow they were presenting him as part of Phil Rizzuto Day in 1985. Hilarious. Then I sat back and watched Tom Seaver win his 300th game. A good day.


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Fenway
08-28-2007, 01:25 PM
The Staten Island Yankees mascot is named "Scooter the Holy Cow" :smile:

http://www.baseballroadtrip.net/A/ShortA/NewYorkPenn/StatenIsland/images/PICT0032.jpg

ode to veeck
08-28-2007, 03:36 PM
They were discussing that on St Louis radio last night. Consensus was Harry started it. He was saying it while Phil was still playing. Scooter had a whole bunch of catch phrases he used. Heck he probably said Ovah! once or twice.

unfortunately, I am old enough to remember when it was a pretty common colloquial american phrase in wide use, which was about the time both phil and harry started their broadcast careers