Introducing… Moose Skowron

A six-time All-Star, Skowron was a member of the powerhouse Yankees of the Mickey Mantle Era.  A first baseman with good pop and a serviceable glove, Moose won four World Series rings while with the Yankees and added another with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Moose showed considerable promise as a rookie in 1954 when he hit .340 in 87 games.  A good hitter for average with decent power, Moose had the misfortune, perhaps, of playing for lineup juggler Casey Stengel.  As a sophomore, Moose showed that he was an everyday player by hitting .319, but Stengel kept giving reps to an old Joe Collins.  Despite the platoon, Moose paced AL first basemen in slugging average and he capped off the season with a .333 batting average in the World Series.

Skowron’s power bat broke out in 1956 when he clubbed 23 long balls.  He also led junior circuit first basemen in slugging average and runs scored.  Although he put up good stats, it wasn’t enough for Stengel to show confidence in him during the World Series.  In the seven game contest, Casey used Moose in just three games as he inserted Collins at first in the majority of the contests. 

Up in the Majors for his fourth season in 1957, Moose posted his fourth .300 hit season.  In ’58, he led American League first basemen in hits and led the Yankees over the Braves in the World Series with a pair of homers and seven RBI.  After an injury shortened 1959 season, Moose made the 1960 All-Star team thanks to his .309 BA (he was the only AL first baseman to hit .300) and he finished second in the league in the two-bag department.  As a Yankee, he saw plenty World Series action and Moose hit .375 in the 1960 Fall Classic which New York lost to the Pirates.

The Yankees repeated as AL Champs in 1961 thanks to the power exploits of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.  Moose had a career year for power too with 28 homeruns.  He won his third World Championship when the Yanks knocked off the Reds as Skowron hit .353 in that season’s Fall Classic.  After the close of the ’62 season, in which Moose won his fourth Championship, he was dealt to the Dodgers for pitcher Stan Williams.  Although Moose had a terrible year in California, the Dodgers went to the World Series and beat his old mates.  Moose chipped in with a .385 batting average.

After his dismal year with the Dodgers, Moose was sold to the Senators where he played for half a season before he was traded to the White Sox.  Back on track in the Windy City, he led AL first basemen in base hits in 1965.  That season he was named to his sixth and final All-Star squad.  Moose played two more years, with the White Sox and Angels, before calling it a career.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,658/R 681/H 1,566/2B 243/3B 53/HR 211/RBI 888/SB 16/BA .282/SA .459/OBP .332

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1 comment
  1. brettkiser said:

    As a member of a powerhosue team, Moose’s HOF chances are better than they should be, but he wasn’t among the league leaders very often, which makes his HOF chances weak. But since he was a Yankee, his chances are better than if he played elsewhere.

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