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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Andy Carey, helped preserve Larsen’s perfecto, dies

RIP,

Andy Carey, a former Yankees third baseman who helped preserve Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game, passed away on Dec. 15 in Costa Mesa, Calif., his family announced. He was 80.

A career .260 hitter, Carey played in 11 Major League seasons from 1952-62, beginning with the Yankees at age 20 in ‘52 and spending nine seasons wearing pinstripes.

Born on Oct. 18, 1931, in Oakland, Calif., Carey signed with the Yankees after spending a summer playing semi-pro ball in Weiser, Idaho. As New York’s everyday third baseman in ‘55, Carey led the league with 11 triples and was known as a solid defender and clutch hitter.

Carey played on four Yankees World Series teams, winning rings with the 1956 and ‘58 squads. He is remembered as playing a key role in Larsen’s Oct. 8, 1956, perfecto against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

Repoz Posted: January 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. winnipegwhip Posted: January 04, 2012 at 03:37 PM (#4028921)
Was married to Hollywood starlet Lucy Marlow. It was good to be a ballplayer in those days. Ask Don Hoak.
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 04, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4028949)
Was married to Hollywood starlet Lucy Marlow. It was good to be a ballplayer in those days. Ask Don Hoak.

Or Don Rudolph.
   3. billh Posted: January 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4028968)
Hit the first Home Run I ever saw in a live game. RIP Andy.
   4. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM (#4029154)
Strange that he died on December 15, but his death is only now being made public. He was a frequent visitor to Cooperstown back in the day, park of the Hank Bauer/Yogi Berra/Moose Skowron crowd.
   5. AndrewJ Posted: January 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM (#4029157)
Carey insisted that the night before the perfect game, he and Don Larsen walked around Times Square. They stopped a novelty store where Carey bought a mock newspaper with the made-up headline LARSEN PITCHES NO-HITTER.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: January 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM (#4029173)
The kinescope of the TV coverage of Larsen's perfect game (everything but the top half of the first inning) is available on DVD. I think I know where I'll spend the Amazon gift card I got for Xmas.
   7. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:37 PM (#4029218)
   8. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 04, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4029245)
Oh, and with regard to Carey: Butcher boy!

-- MWE
   9. AndrewJ Posted: January 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4031421)
He and Mickey Mantle were born just two days apart in October 1931.
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM (#4031467)
It wasn't bad being an umpire, either.

When I clicked on that link I felt as blind as an ump, since the page came up blank.

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