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Tommy Henrich

"Old Reliable"

Tommy Henrich

(1913 – 2009)

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Tommy Henrich

Tommy Henrich
(1913 – 2009)

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Tommy Henrich

(1913 – 2009)
About Tommy
This is an online tribute to Tommy Henrich. Thomas David "Tommy" Henrich, nicknamed "Old Reliable," was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the New York Yankees from 1937 to 1950. He led the American League in triples twice and in runs once, also hitting 20 or more home runs four times. He is best remembered for his numerous exploits in the World Series; he was involved in one of the most memorable plays in Series history in 1941, was the hitting star of the 1947 Series with a .323 batting average, and hit the first walk-off home run in Series history in 1949's Game 1.
Tommy Henrich batted and threw left-handed. Throughout much of his career he claimed to have been born
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in 1916, saying later that this was to make up for the three years that he lost by playing softball instead of baseball.
Henrich retired after batting .272 with 6 home runs and 34 RBI in a 1950 season during which he was injured most of the year. In an 11-season career, he was a .282 hitter with a .491 slugging average, 183 home runs, 901 runs, 795 RBI, 1297 hits, 269 doubles, 73 triples and 37 stolen bases in 1284 games. He was dubbed "Old Reliable" – after a train which ran from Ohio to Alabama – by Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen for his knack of getting a hit just when it was needed. He later became a coach with the Yankees (1951), New York Giants (1957) and Detroit Tigers (1958-59).
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Henrich was the last surviving member of the 1938 World Champion New York Yankees. There are no living former baseball players who played on the winning team in an earlier World Series. He was also Lou Gehrig's final surviving teammate. At his death in December 2009 Heinrich was the fifth oldest living MLB player.
After he finished his career, he admitted he took three years off his age during his playing years, saying that this was to compensate for his having missed those years by playing softball instead of baseball. A check of the relevant statistics in the pertinent issues of Who's Who in Baseball would confirm this.
Tommy Henrich died at the age of 96 on December 1, 2009, after being weakened by
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a series of strokes he suffered in recent years.
This virtual obituary is in honour of Tommy Henrich and his achievements. May he rest in peace.
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Tommy Henrich

This is an online tribute to Tommy Henrich. Thomas David "Tommy" Henrich, nicknamed "Old Reliable," was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the New York Yankees from 1937 to 1950. He led the American League in triples twice and in runs once, also hitting 20 or more home runs four times. He is best remembered for his numerous exploits in the World Series; he was involved in one of the most memorable plays in Series history in 1941, was the hitting star of the 1947 Series with a .323 batting average, and hit the first walk-off home run in Series history in 1949's Game 1.
Tommy Henrich batted and threw left-handed. Throughout much of his career he claimed to have been born...

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