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Moose, Bobby and Vicki
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The guys round the bases with Former big leaguer & 5 time World Series Champ Bill Moose Skowron, and 1960 World Series MVP Bobby Richardson. Plus in studio – Vicki Counts, who won her pro card in the figure competition at the 2011 Junior Nationals held in Rosemont.
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Sports and Torts: Figure Pro Vicki Counts
After six years of training, Vicki finally won her pro card in the figure competition at the 2011 Junior Nationals last week in Rosemont.. Find out what it took her to reach this level, how she manages to balance work with working out, and the kind of dedication it takes to shape a physique like hers.
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Sports and Torts: Moose Skowron & Bobby Richardson
Moose Skowron always has a story to tell, and he doesn’t disappoint here, as he talks about Joe Dimaggio, Mickey versus Maris, the Dodgers and more. .Then, Bobby Richardson talks about The Mick, his friendship with Tony Kubek, his decision to retire so young and why he doesn’t think he should even be considered for the Hall of Fame
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Moose Skowron
Skowron was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is of Polish descent. His father was a garbage collector. After his grandfather gave the seven year old Skowron a haircut that looked like the dictator's and his friends jokingly called him "Mussolini", his family shortened the nickname to "Moose."[1] The name stuck throughout his career. "Moose" attended Weber High School on the intersection of Division and Ashland in Chicago. He went to Purdue University, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, on a footballscholarship, but found himself better suited to baseball when he hit .500 as a sophomore, a record in the Big Ten Conference that lasted ten years. Signed by the New York Yankees in 1950 as an amateur free agent, he played his first game for the Yankees on April 13, 1954. He wore uniform number 53 in the 1954 season, but switched to #14 in1955 and stayed with that number for the rest of his years with the Yankees. In the beginning, he was platooned at first base with Joe Collins, but from 1958 on he became the Yankees' full time first baseman. He played in five All-Star Games as a Yankee: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961. On November 26, 1962 he was traded by the Yankees to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Stan Williams. He kept his Yankee uniform number, 14, on the Dodgers. Although Skowron floundered againstNational League pitching, batting just .203 in 237 at bats with four home runs, he stunned his former team in the 1963 World Series. Playing against his old Yankee teammates, Skowron led the Dodgers with a .385 average and a home run, as Los Angeles swept New York in four straight games. On December 6, 1963 he returned to the American League when was purchased from the Dodgers by the Washington Senators (currently the Texas Rangers). The Senators gave him uniform number three. On July 13, 1964 he was traded by the Senators to the Chicago White Sox. He took uniform number five on the Sox at first, but with the 1965 season went back to his old uniform number on the Yankees and Dodgers, 14. In 1965 he once more got to play in the All-Star Game. On May 6, 1967 he was traded by the White Sox to the California Angels. He kept his uniform number 14 on the Angels. He was released by the Angels on October 9, 1967. He played in a total of 1478 games, all but 15 as a first baseman. (He was in 13 games as a third baseman and two as a second baseman.) Skowron made the last out of the 1957 World Series, but the following year he knocked in the winning run in game six of the 1958 World Series. Skowron also hit a 3-run home run in game seven to propel the Yankees to a World Series win, and a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit. During his time with the Yankees, he resided in Hillsdale, New Jersey.[ On June 12, 1980 he was inducted into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame, and currently resides in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Moose's Career Stats

 
Bobby Richardson
Another Yankee earned the nickname, "Mr. October," for his World Series heroics. A look at the history of the organization and Reggie Jackson might have been paying tribute to the Yankees' original, "Mr. World Series." Bobby Richardson hit above .300 only twice in his career, but he had a habit of saving his most memorable performances for the times his team needed them in the World Series. During the 1960 World Series, Richardson put together one of the greatest single innings of offense in the history of baseball. In an inning, he hit a two-run single and followed it up with a grandslam. Richardson drove in 12 runs in that World Series and won the World Series MVP honor. The Yankees, however, lost to the Pirates, 4-3. During the 1961 series, Richardson collected nine hits to lead all series batters with a .391 average. In the 1962 fall classic, Richardson is best remembered for making a diving catch of a line drive by Willie McCovey. The catch ended the game and series and kept the tying and go-ahead runs stuck on the bases. In the 1964 series, Richardson again made his mark. This time, Richardson set a series record with 13 hits. In his career, Richardson finished with a .305 average in 36 World Series games along with a home run and 15 runs batted in. Not all of his accomplishments were reserved for the World Series. In 1961, Richardson broke Nellie Fox's string of Gold Gloves at second base in the American League and captured the first of what would be five consecutive Gold Gloves. Richardson was also a fixture in the All-Star Game, appearing in 1957, '59 and from '62-'66. Richardson set a Yankees' record in 1962 when he recorded 692 at-bats. He also was the leader in the American League that season with 209 hits. The 1962 season accounted for the most productive of Richardson's career. He hit .302, had 8 home runs, 59 runs batted in and 11 stolen bases. Following his retirement from baseball, Richardson became a college baseball coach.

Bobby's Career Stats