12/2/09

R.I.P. - RF - Tommy Henrich

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Tommy Henrich, the right fielder known as Old Reliable who helped propel the Yankees to seven World Series championships, died on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. He was 96.

New York Yankees’ Tommy Henrich, left, and pitcher Allie Reynolds in the Yankees locker room at Yankee Stadium in New York after defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0 in the first game of the 1949 World Series.

His death was announced by the Yankees.

Playing with the Yankees for 11 seasons, Henrich was a timely hitter, an outstanding defensive player and a leader who epitomized the image of the classy Yankee who nearly always won.

He was part of a celebrated outfield, teaming with Joe DiMaggio in center and Charlie Keller in left. Making his debut under Manager Joe McCarthy and concluding his career with Casey Stengel’s powerful postwar clubs, he played on Yankees teams that won eight pennants.

NYTimes

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