Gil McDougald, ten-year Yankee vet, passes away

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Gil McDougald, the 1951 Rookie of the Year, passed last night at his home in New Jersey at the age of 82. According to his family, the ten-year Yankee vet died from complications from prostate cancer. McDougald, a versatile infielder who played third, second and short during his decade with the Yanks, was a five-time All Star with a career line of .276/.356/.410. He won five World Series with the Yankees and retired at the age of 32 only when it became apparent that he would be selected in the 1961 expansion draft. The Times has an obituary, and William over The Yankee U has an excellent look back at McDougald. Our thoughts go out to the McDougald family.

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  • mbonzo

    Along with Willie Mays, he won the 5th ROY award.

  • JGS

    All I knew about McDougald was that he killed Herb Score.

    He won five rings, played in eight World Series, and his 40 bWAR is 19th on the Yankee list, ahead of Don Mattingly and Joe Gordon.

    RIP, Gil

  • Pat D

    Bill James has always credited Gil McDougald as the man who made Casey Stengel as genius with the Yankees, simply because he could play basically anywhere and excel anywhere.

    Another great Yankee lost.

  • Neil

    Another Yankee gone from the days of my youth. Terrific obit in the Times.

  • kenthadley

    He was the type of ballplayer that would have fit in well with the 98 Yanks…not a star, but a really good player who, like team mates Bauer, Woodling, Howard, and Collins, came through in many ways when it counted…versatile ballplayers who could play small ball and fill-in at various spots on the field and not hurt you. Also known down here at the NJ shore as a gentleman.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    I was fortuante to watch Gil on the family 13″ screen as a young boy. He played the infield with consistent confidence. He was on 5 WS winners and had a part of all of them. To you younger guys think Roy White. I believe is a good example of his play.

    He did not kill Herb Score but hit a line drive up the middle which hit Score in the eye effectively ending his career a few years thereafter.

  • CapitalT


    Its ok to say thoughts and prayers.

    • Joe Pawlikowski

      And what if he doesn’t want to?

      • YankeeWarrior86

        Don’t be afraid, Benny… the spooky thing called prayers are not viewed as a dangerous item by the vast majority of people. Only bill maher anti- Christian bigots would ever feel so offended and enraged at the sight of prayers for the dead. Being a fan of your baseball perspective, I would feel very dissapointed if you share such hateful thoughts.

        See, most people understand for anyone to share their genuine prayers of love and reason for the fallen is the among the most powerful gestures. Pretty sure, the late Gil McDougald would appreciate, if not adore the messages of prayers and blessings from, the gasp!- religious mourners. For at this crucial and final moment of one’s life, the affection and prayerful thoughts of the faithful are most appreciated at these events.

        Thus, R.I.P. Gil McDougald. May God Bless you and your family now and forever.

        • Benjamin Kabak

          Why are you trying to turn a thread about Gil McDougald’s passing into a debate about religion and prayer? Show some respect please.

  • Pounder

    All you need to know is that Yogi and he were close and had his respect.No greater measure of the man than that.

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    The rookie McDougald had one of the weirdest batting stances with his left foot way in the bucket and the bat drooping below horizontal. I believe he is still the only rookie with a grand slam in the World Series!