Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hank Workman recalls the overlooked talents of Yogi Berra

Hank Workman was just a wide-eyed rookie with the New York Yankees when he was called up in September 1950. The University of Southern California star only played two games for the eventual World Series Champions, spending most of his time watching Yankees legends Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Mize, and Phil Rizzuto lead the Yankees to the pennant. Despite being surrounded by those established veterans, the player he was most impressed with was their upstart catcher, Yogi Berra.

Hank Workman

"He was one of the best late-inning hitters," Workman told me in a phone interview from his California home in 2008. "Nobody says anything about that. ... He was a fabulous ballplayer, the best catcher I think."

Click here to read the full account of Workman's experiences playing alongside Berra in 1950.

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