Breaking News: Former Yankee Phil Linz Dead At 81

The New York Yankees received sad news today when they heard former team infielder Phil Linz passed away. He was 81 when he died.

Linz played for the Yankees from 1962-1965. After his tenure in pinstripes, he then spent time with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets to finish off his career.

In his career, Phil Linz recorded a .235 batting average while hitting 11 home runs and driving in 96 runs.

Linz came up through the Yankees’ farm system in 1962. He made his debut on April 13. In his earlier years and over the course of his career, Linz was used primarily as a pinch hitter or pinch-runner.

He hit his first major league home run on May 23 of that year off of Athletics pitcher Dan Pfister. Linz came in to pinch hit for an injured Clete Boyer earlier in the game.

The Yankees won the World Series in 1962 but he was not on the active roster.

In 1963, Phil Linz saw more playing time but became more of a utility player.

The increased versatility of Linz saw him make a career-high 467 plate appearances in 1964. He also played in all seven games of the 1964 World Series. He replaced an injured Tony Kubek. Ultimately, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Yankees behind the arm of Bob Gibson.

 

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