Former Yankee Johnny Kucks passes away at 80

Weekend Open Thread
Fan Confidence Poll: November 4th, 2013

Former Yankees right-hander Johnny Kucks passed away at age 80 last week, according to the AP. The Hoboken native spent the 1955-1959 seasons in pinstripes and is best remembered for throwing a three-hit shutout against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game Seven of the 1956 World Series, when he was only 23. Kucks was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1959 and went 54-56 with a 4.10 ERA (93 ERA+) in parts of six big league seasons. Condolences to his family and friends.

Weekend Open Thread
Fan Confidence Poll: November 4th, 2013
  • Bob Michaels

    Always liked Johnny.

  • TomH

    A great performance in a great WS win for the Bombers. RIP

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    That’s my great uncle, RIP.

  • pounder

    Followed Turleys shutout with a clincher shutout in game 7.Both of them over shadowed by some guy named larsen.Tremendous pitching for Yanks in that series.

    • Kenny

      Didn’t Turley lose that 6th game, 1-0? In any case, their pitching those final three games was fantastic. And that was no light-hitting Brooklyn team.

  • soxhata

    He retired at a very young age?Was it arm problems?Also,how do you pronounce KUCKS??

    • TomH

      It was pronounced as if it were “cooks.”