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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Tom Carroll, youngest Yankee to appear in WS, dies at 85

Tom Carroll, the youngest Yankee ever to appear in the World Series, passed away on Sept. 22, five days after his 85th birthday.

Carroll was 19 years and 14 days old on Oct. 1, 1955, when he pinch-ran for Eddie Robinson, who had hit for starting pitcher Johnny Kucks, in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the 1955 World Series against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Carroll was stranded on first base when the next two batters flied out to end the inning and Rip Coleman came on to pitch.

Carroll again ran for Robinson the next day in Game 2, but he was forced out when Billy Martin grounded into a double play, with Hank Bauer replacing Carroll when the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the eighth.

“I was 19 ... and you go out there and you know everybody in the country’s watching you, because you’ve been watching these guys as a kid,” Carroll said in an interview posted to SABR’s Oral History Collection. “It was a big deal, Yankees-Dodgers Series, go out there to pinch-run and you’re scared to death. You’re scared that you’re going to screw up.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 10, 2021 at 11:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
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