Tony Kubek

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Anthony Christopher Kubek

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tall Tony Kubek was a free-swinger who never walked more than 31 times in any season. A solid performer for the New York Yankees during his first few years, he played in six World Series, but missed the 1964 World Series through injury.

Although Kubek was not a particularly strong hitter, he was a big star in his time. That is probably because he was 1957 AL Rookie of the Year when he was 21 years old, an All-Star at age 22, and a player who was in the World Series practically every year. As a 21-year-old rookie, he got eight hits in the 1957 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves, including two home runs.

After he retired as a player, Kubek was a long-time broadcaster, teamed with Joe Garagiola for many years for NBC's Saturday afternoon Game of the Week. He also broadcast games for the Toronto Blue Jays during that time, and broadcast games for the Yankees after NBC Baseball ended. He broadcast eleven World Series for NBC TV between 1969 and 1982, and fourteen League Championship Series between 1969 and 1989. He received the Ford Frick Award from the Hall of Fame in 2009 and was inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2016 class.

Kubek's father Tony Kubek Sr., played outfield in the minors from 1931 to 1936, mostly with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Notable Achievements[edit]

AL Rookie of the Year
1956 1957 1958
Luis Aparicio Tony Kubek Albie Pearson

Further Reading[edit]

  • Tony Kubek (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, February 1973, pp. 57-59. [1]

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