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Tony Lazzeri
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Baseball Player
    (December 6, 1903-August 6, 1946)
    Born in San Francisco, California
    Second baseman for the New York Yankees (1926-37), Chicago Cubs (1938), Brooklyn Dodgers (1939) and New York Giants (1939)
    .292 batting average
    178 home runs
    1,191 RBIs
    Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee (1991)
    He was expelled from school when he was 15.
    His nickname was 'Poosh 'Em Up Tony.'
    He was overshadowed by his fellow Yankees, sometimes literally, such as when he hit for the cycle in the same game that Lou Gehrig hit four home runs (June 3, 1932).
    Despite his many successes, he was perhaps best remembered for being struck out by Grover Cleveland Alexander with bases loaded in the 7th game of the 1926 World Series.
    For more than five decades, he had the dubious distinction of being the only player mentioned on a Hall of Fame plaque without being a member of the Hall. (His confrontation with Alexander is recounted on the pitcher's plaque.)
    He was a key part of the Yankees' legendary 'Murderer's Row.'
    He was the first major leaguer to hit two grand slams in a game (May 24, 1936).
    Manager Miller Huggins called him the brains of the Yankees' infield and said, 'Ballplayers like Lazzeri come along once in a generation.'
    He died after falling down the stairs in his home during an epileptic seizure.

Credit: C. Fishel

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