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February 20 – Happy Birthday Tommy Henrich

“Old Reliable” played some great baseball for New York during an 11-season career that was interrupted by military service in WWII. A .282 lifetime hitter, Henrich teamed with Joe DiMaggio and Charlie King Kong Keller to provide pre-war Yankee fans with one of the most talented outfields in team history. Tommy won four rings as a Yankee and hit a home run in each of the four Fall Classics he appeared in. But his most famous Series moment took place in Game Four of the 1941 Yankee-Dodger matchup. Brooklyn was about to even that Series at two games apiece when Henrich came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and New York losing 4-3. Dodger reliever, Hugh Casey struck out Henrich with a curveball in the dirt that scooted past Dodger catcher, Mickey Owens, permitting Tommy to reach first safely. The Yankees went on to score four runs that inning, winning the game. The following day, Tommy hit a home run to help the Yankees win the Series. Henrich was 96 years-old when he passed away in December of 2009. He absolutely loved being a Yankee.

Another Yankee born on February 20th, was involved in a famous play that started out by him doing something bad that was turned into something really good. February 20th pinstripe birthdays also belong to this one-time, short-time Yankee pitcher, this brand new Yankee catcher and this long-ago Yankee catcher.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1937 24 NYY AL 67 241 206 39 66 14 5 8 42 4 35 17 .320 .419 .553 .972
1938 25 NYY AL 131 575 471 109 127 24 7 22 91 6 92 32 .270 .391 .490 .882
1939 26 NYY AL 99 406 347 64 96 18 4 9 57 7 51 23 .277 .371 .429 .800
1940 27 NYY AL 90 346 293 57 90 28 5 10 53 1 48 30 .307 .408 .539 .947
1941 28 NYY AL 144 632 538 106 149 27 5 31 85 3 81 40 .277 .377 .519 .895
1942 29 NYY AL 127 555 483 77 129 30 5 13 67 4 58 42 .267 .352 .431 .782
1946 33 NYY AL 150 672 565 92 142 25 4 19 83 5 87 63 .251 .358 .411 .769
1947 34 NYY AL 142 629 550 109 158 35 13 16 98 3 71 54 .287 .372 .485 .857
1948 35 NYY AL 146 674 588 138 181 42 14 25 100 2 76 42 .308 .391 .554 .945
1949 36 NYY AL 115 502 411 90 118 20 3 24 85 2 86 34 .287 .416 .526 .942
1950 37 NYY AL 73 178 151 20 41 6 8 6 34 0 27 6 .272 .382 .536 .918
11 Yrs 1284 5410 4603 901 1297 269 73 183 795 37 712 383 .282 .382 .491 .873
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/28/2014.