He rarely turned down an autograph request and even though most fans today never saw him play in his prime, Phil Rizzuto lived up to his reputation as a true fan favorite. Luckily for collectors, he made plans to distribute his memorabilia before his death.
Ted Williams was incensed that Phil Rizzuto wasn’t in the Hall of Fame and campaigned passionately until the Yankees shortstop was finally voted in.
Yankee fans of old loved him on the diamond and modern-era followers got a kick out of his broadcasting. The Scooter loved baseball and the game, for the most part, loved him back.
Rizzuto died early this week at age 89. Knowing he was likely in the final stages of his life last fall, he sold his collection of memorabilia…all except for one unique pair of shoes.