34 Facts About Tony Lazzeri


Anthony Michael Lazzeri was an American professional baseball second baseman during the 1920s and 1930s, predominantly with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

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Tony Lazzeri was part of the famed "Murderers' Row" Yankee batting lineup of the late 1920s, along with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Bob Meusel.

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Tony Lazzeri dropped out of school to work with his father as a boilermaker, but at the age of 18, began to play baseball professionally.

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Tony Lazzeri was a member of the original American League All-Star team in 1933.

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Tony Lazzeri was nicknamed "Poosh 'Em Up" by Italian-speaking fans, from a mistranslation of an Italian phrase meaning to "hit it out".

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Tony Lazzeri is one of only 14 major league baseball players to hit for the natural cycle and the only player to complete a natural cycle with a grand slam.

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Tony Lazzeri holds the American League record for the most RBI in a single game, with 11 on May 24,1936.

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Tony Lazzeri was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1991.

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Tony Lazzeri was born on December 6,1903, to Augustine and Julia Tony Lazzeri, who had emigrated from Italy.

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Tony Lazzeri played semi-professional baseball and trained to become a prizefighter.

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Friend of Tony Lazzeri convinced Duffy Lewis, who managed the Salt Lake City Bees of the Pacific Coast League, to allow Tony Lazzeri to try out for the team in 1922.

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Tony Lazzeri made the team, earning $250 a month as a utility infielder.

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Tony Lazzeri debuted in the major leagues in 1926 as a member of the Yankees.

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Tony Lazzeri finished third in the American League in home runs behind Babe Ruth and Al Simmons, and tied for third in RBIs with George Burns, trailing only Ruth.

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Tony Lazzeri finished third in the AL in home runs, behind only teammates Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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Tony Lazzeri incurred a muscle injury that threatened to end his season.

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Nevertheless, Tony Lazzeri returned to the team, and hit a key double off of Alexander in the 1928 World Series, which the Yankees won.

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Tony Lazzeri hit two home runs for the Yankees in their 1932 World Series victory.

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In 1933, Tony Lazzeri was named to appear in the first MLB All-Star Game, representing the AL against the National League.

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Tony Lazzeri set an AL single-game record on May 24,1936, when he recorded eleven RBIs.

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Tony Lazzeri hit a grand slam during the 1936 World Series, only the second grand slam in World Series history.

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Tony Lazzeri scored the deciding run in the 1937 World Series, as the Yankees defeated the New York Giants.

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Tony Lazzeri signed with the Cubs as a player-coach for the 1938 season.

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The next day, Tony Lazzeri signed with the New York Giants, to replace George Myatt and Lou Chiozza at third base.

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Tony Lazzeri then returned to minor league baseball, where he managed the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League for the remainder of the 1939 season and entire 1940 season.

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Tony Lazzeri played for the San Francisco Seals of the PCL in 1941, and was released after the season.

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Tony Lazzeri played for and managed the Portsmouth Cubs of the Piedmont League in 1942.

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Tony Lazzeri died in 1946 at age 42 from a fall that the coroner said was caused by a heart attack in his Millbrae, California home.

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Today, many believe Tony Lazzeri's fall was caused by an epileptic seizure rather than a heart attack.

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Tony Lazzeri holds the American League record for most RBIs in a game with 11, set May 24,1936, as he became the first major league player to hit two grand slams in one game.

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Tony Lazzeri holds the major league record of 15 RBIs in consecutive games.

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Tony Lazzeri set major league records of six home runs in three consecutive games, and seven in four consecutive games.

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Tony Lazzeri continues to share the consecutive-game American League record, but the three-game record was topped by Shawn Green of the Dodgers and the four-game mark was broken by Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Tony Lazzeri is the only player in major league baseball to hit a natural cycle with the final home run being a grand slam on June 3,1932.

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