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Yankees reflect on Tom Tresh

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 16, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

If you didn’t hear the news, Tom Tresh passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Here is some information from the Yankees:

Tresh was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1962, batting .286 with 20 home runs and 93 RBI, helping lead the Yankees to the World Series title. A Yankee from 1961-69, Tresh was a member of three World Championship teams (1962, ’63, ’64), was a three-time All-Star (1962-both games and 1963) and won the Gold Glove in 1965.

The switch-hitter started at shortstop on Opening Day in 1962, a feat that would not be accomplished by another Yankees rookie until Derek Jeter in 1996. He also joined Joe DiMaggio (1936) as the only Yankees rookies to start for the AL squad in an All-Star Game.

The family will hold a memorial service on Sunday. Central Michigan University, where Tresh played college baseball and returned in the off seasons to earn his college degree, will hold a memorial open to the public at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 24, at Theunissen Stadium on campus. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made in Tom’s name to the Unity Church of Venice. The address: 125 North Jackson Road, Venice, FL 34292.

Yogi Berra: “Tommy was a great teammate. He did everything well as a ballplayer and was an easy guy to manage. He was a good man and great friend. We’re going to miss him.”

Whitey Ford: “Tom was a great teammate. We all loved him and we’re sorry that we’ve lost him. He will be missed.”

Joe Pepitone: “This hurts. He was my roommate for six years of my life, my hitting instructor and my best friend. He let me be me, but he was also the guy who kept me in at night. Tommy was a constant in my life and a calming influence. He was always there for me and stuck up for me. He was like my brother. When I had personal issues, he was always the person on the team I would turn to. During some rain delays, he would take out his guitar and we’d sing and dance.”

Moose Skowron: “He was a heck of a person and a tough ballplayer. He loved people. He’d always ask me why I was riding him so hard, and I told him I made a promise to his father that I’d always keep him in line. And I did.”

Bob Turley: “Tom was a good friend of mine when we played, but also long after we hung up our spikes. He was a wonderful, happy-go-lucky guy. I don’t think I can ever remember him being mad. When my family held my retirement party in Atlanta back in 2000, he was the only former teammate who came to celebrate with us.”




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