21. Phil Rizzuto
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 25, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY USA
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 14, 1941
  • Final Game: August 16, 1956
  • TSN All-Star - 1949
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1950
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1950
  • Most Valuable Player - 1950
  • TSN All-Star - 1950
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1950
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1950
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1951
  • TSN All-Star - 1951
  • TSN All-Star - 1952
 
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Holy Cow!

Before Phil Rizzuto became known to a generation for his broadcasting, “Scooter” was the star Shortstop who played his entire career for the New York Yankees.

Rizzuto was not exactly a “Bronx Bomber” as he only had 38 Home Runs, but what he did do exceptionally well was execute the small ball aspect of the offensive game.  Rizzuto would still collect a lot of hits, 1,588 in total and supplemented that with decent speed, providing 149 Stolen Bases. 

Defensively speaking he was spectacular.  In six seasons, he would provide a Defensive bWAR over 2.0 and would be a three time leader in that stat.  In Rizzuto’s 1950 season he would win the American League MVP Award, which would have also made the devotees of advanced metric, as he was the overall bWAR leader amongst batters.  Of course, he is a seven time World Series Champion, which is the most important stat of all!

He would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1994

Again, can we say Holy Cow?

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent before the 1937 Season.
  • Departed: Released 8/25/56.
  • Games Played: 1661
  • Notable Statistics: 877 Runs Scored
    1,588 Hits
    239 Doubles
    62 Triples
    38 Home Runs
    563 RBI
    149 Stolen Bases
    .273/.351/.355 Slash Line
    40.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1941, 1947, 1949. 1950, 1951, 1952 & 1953)
    MVP (1950)
    All Star Game (1942, 1950, 1951, 1952 & 1953)
    Babe Ruth Award (1951)
    Highest WAR for a Position Player (1950)
    Highest Defensive bWAR (1941, 1942 & 1952)
    Most Plate Appearances (1950)
    Most Times Hit by Pitch (1947)
    Most Sacrifice Hits (1949, 1950, 1951 & 1952)
    Most Putouts by a Shortstop (1942 & 1950)
    Most Assists by a Shortstop (1952)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (1941, 1942 & 1952)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Shortstop (1941, 1942 & 1952)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Shortstop (1949 & 1950)
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