Tommy Henrich, whose heroics with NY Yankees earned him the nickname 'Old Reliable,' dies at 96

This is before my time, but since this is a Yankee blog I thought I should post part of the article and the link.

NEW YORK — Tommy Henrich, whose 11-year career with the Yankees earned him the nickname “Old Reliable,” died in Dayton, Ohio, early Tuesday morning. He was 96 and was believed to be the oldest living Yankee.

Henrich, an outfielder, won seven World Series championships with the Yankees from 1937-42 and 1946-50, his service to the team interrupted only by his military service in World War II.

“Tommy was a darn good ballplayer and teammate,” former Yankees teammate Yogi Berra said in a statement. “He always took being a Yankee to heart. He won a lot of championships and did whatever he could to help us win. When I came up in 1947, he taught me little nuances about playing the outfield. Being around Tommy made you feel good, whether playing cards or listening to him sing with that great voice. He was a proud man, and if you knew him, he made you proud too.”

In his career, Henrich hit .282 with 183 homers and 795 RBI. He also finished with 73 triples, twice leading the American League in that category.

Henrich was the first player to hit a walk-off homer to win a World Series game, homering off the Dodgers’ Don Newcombe to give the Yankees a 1-0 victory in the opening game of the 1949 series.

The Star Ledger

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