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Former New York Yankees First Baseman Skowron Dies at 81

Former New York Yankees First Baseman Moose Skowron Dies at 81
Bill 'Moose' Skowron is introduced during the New York Yankees Old-Timer's Day on July 17, 2010. Photographer: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Bill “Moose” Skowron, a first baseman who played on four New York Yankees world championship teams, died today at the age of 81, the team said.

Skowron, an eight-time All-Star, died of congestive heart failure at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois, the Yankees said in an e-mailed statement.

Skowron had a 14-season Major League Baseball career that also included stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and California Angels. He won World Series titles with the Yankees in 1956, 1958, 1961 and 1962, and a fifth championship with the Dodgers when they defeated the Yankees for the title in 1963.

“There weren’t many better guys than Moose,” former teammate Yogi Berra said in the statement released by the Yankees. “He was a dear friend and a great team man. A darn good ballplayer, too. I’m going to miss him.”

Skowron had a career batting average of .282 with 211 home runs and 888 runs batted in.

“As a Milwaukee Braves fan, I will always remember his two-out, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Game Seven of the 1958 World Series,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “He was a wonderful storyteller and an important link to a great era in baseball history.”

Visitation at the Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Niles, Illinois, will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 30. A Mass will be held at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago at 10 a.m. on May 1.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the American Heart Association.

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