November 29 – Happy Birthday Irv Noren

Irv Noren was the fourth Yankee outfielder for five seasons beginning in 1952 and he won three World Series rings in that role during his stay in the Bronx. The Yankees got Noren from the Senators during the 1952 season, giving up top prospect Jackie Jensen and pitcher Spec Shea as part of that deal. Born on this date in 1924, the Jamestown, NY native’s best season in pinstripes was, ironically, the only season the team did not win the AL pennant with Noren on the roster. That was 1954, when Irv hit .319 and drove in 66 runs and was named to the AL All Star team, while backing up starters Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer and Gene Woodling in the Yankee outfield. During the winter of 1957, the Yankees included Noren in a huge trade with Kansas City that brought Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz and Clete Boyer to New York. Noren played sparingly for four more seasons for four different teams before retiring. He played his entire career handicapped by chronically sore knees.

Also born on this same date is a former Yankee DH nicknamed “Hit Man”  the best closer in baseball history and this former Yankee phee-nom.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1952 NYY 93 306 272 36 64 13 2 5 21 4 26 34 .235 .316 .353 .669
1953 NYY 109 392 345 55 92 12 6 6 46 3 42 39 .267 .350 .388 .738
1954 NYY 125 480 426 70 136 21 6 12 66 4 43 38 .319 .377 .481 .859
1955 NYY 132 422 371 49 94 19 1 8 59 5 43 33 .253 .331 .375 .706
1956 NYY 29 49 37 4 8 1 0 0 6 0 12 7 .216 .408 .243 .651
11 Yrs 1093 3505 3119 443 857 157 35 65 453 34 335 350 .275 .348 .410 .758
NYY (5 yrs) 488 1649 1451 214 394 66 15 31 198 16 166 151 .272 .348 .402 .750
WSH (3 yrs) 279 1233 1100 166 314 63 16 22 186 16 124 115 .285 .359 .432 .791
STL (3 yrs) 142 239 216 27 59 14 2 5 32 0 17 29 .273 .335 .426 .761
CHC (2 yrs) 77 186 167 27 51 6 2 4 20 2 16 28 .305 .376 .437 .813
KCA (1 yr) 81 172 160 8 34 8 0 2 16 0 11 19 .213 .267 .300 .567
LAD (1 yr) 26 26 25 1 5 0 0 1 1 0 1 8 .200 .231 .320 .551
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/28/2013.

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