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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 11, 2021 at 05:57 PM (#6045548)
Tom Carroll played in the World Series for the 1955 New York Yankees, who were managed by Casey Stengel.
Stengel played in the World Series for the 1916 Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers), who were managed by Wilbert Robinson.
Robinson played in Temple Cup series for the 1894 Baltimore Orioles, who were managed by Ned Hanlon.
Hanlon played in the "World Series" for the 1887 Detroit Wolverines, who were managed by Deacon White.
White played for the pennant-winning 1873 Boston Red Stockings, who were managed by Harry Wright.
Wright played for the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings.
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 11, 2021 at 06:13 PM (#6045551)
Going the other way...

Tom Carroll played in the World Series for the 1955 New York Yankees with Billy Martin.
Martin managed for the Yankees in the 1977 World Series, which featured Lou Piniella as a player.
Piniella managed for Cincinnati in the 1990 World Series, which featured Jose Canseco as a player.
Canseco...um...played three games as a 53-year-old for the 2018 Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. (Ahem.)

(Well, Willie Randolph played in both the '77 and '90 WS, and should've managed the Mets in the 2006 World Series against my Tigers, but NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOO....!!!!)
   3. The Honorable Ardo Posted: October 12, 2021 at 03:30 AM (#6045725)
The 1977 World Series also featured Dusty Baker as a player. He has a good chance of managing in the 2021 World Series, 44 years later.

Baker, as is well known, played with Hank Aaron, who played in the Negro Leagues and whose first MLB manager, Charlie Grimm, had played for Connie Mack in the 1910s.
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 12, 2021 at 06:52 AM (#6045729)
Re 3: Good catch!
   5. Charles S. is not doing chainsaw bears any more Posted: October 12, 2021 at 11:29 AM (#6045777)
For anyone else who might be checking, this is not the same Tom Carroll who pitched for the Big Red Machine in 1974-5, and as far as I can tell, neither is related to long-time reliever, and the second Tom Carroll's teammate on the Reds, Clay Carroll.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 12, 2021 at 11:49 AM (#6045790)
Mickey Mantle also played for the Yankees in the World Series as a 19-year-old, but he was an "old" 19. He turned 20 ten days after the 1951 World Series ended.
   7. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 12, 2021 at 12:45 PM (#6045809)
I'm assuming Carroll's life ambition was to outlive his fellow Bonus Baby Frank Leja, and in that he succeeded by a good 30 years.

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