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ross moschitto, 1966 topps #566, yankees

Player: Moschitto, Ross

Card: 1966 Topps #566

Position: OF

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Rosaire Allen Moschitto, born in Fresno, California, is a former Major League outfielder. Moschitto played for the New York Yankees in 1965 and 1967. He was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1964.

Ross has fond and meaningful memories of his time with the Yankees. He remembers the quiet, country-boy humor of a young Mickey Mantle, whose career was cut short by injuries and perhaps a bit too much nightlife; he remembers the way a veteran backstop Johnny Blanchard took a young rookie, Moschitto, under his wings; and he remembers how a young, talented but impetuous Joe Pepitone became his roommate and would try to get him into trouble.

I was with the Yankees in Fort Lauderdale in 1968 when I popped an Achilles’, and was never the same after that,” recalls Ross, “I could fly (run) and had a cannon for an arm, but once I was injured I hurt my arm by trying to compensate. It wound up I couldn’t play; I was in too much pain.” (Rockland County Times)

Moschitto is only one of seven players to have more career game appearances than plate appearances. Also, he never started a single game in the majors while racking up 97 appearances in the outfield, all as a defensive substitute.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen, Rockland County Times & Wikipedia)


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