Tom Umphlett, former outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators died Friday, September 21st, in Norfolk, Va. He was 81.
Umphlett played three seasons in the major leagues from 1953-55,
finishing second in the 1953 American League Rookie of the Year voting
to Harvey Kuenn. He was part of a youth movement by the Red Sox in the
early 1950’s to fill the voids left by Ted Williams’
military service and Dom DiMaggio’s retirement. “[Lou] Boudreau, the
manager, was going for the young talent even in spring training. You had
Ted Lepcio at third base, Milt Bolling at short, Goodman at second, and
Dick Gernert at first base. I played center field and Jimmy Piersall
played right,” he said during a 2008 interview from his home in Ahoskie,
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