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Paul Andrew O'Neill

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[edit] Biographical Information

Paul O'Neill was signed as a 4th round pick in the 1981 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds and scout Gene Bennett.

O'Neill won a batting title and five world championships, four with the with the New York Yankees, and one with the Cincinnati Reds. Yankee fans will remember his two triples in the 2000 World Series, the walk he fought for in the twelfth inning of Game One, fouling off endless nastiness from Armando Benitez, and the memory of his angry fight with his own age and decline – the double he hit late in the tied, brutal, developing classic of a Game Seven the next year, the double in the gap where he willed his injured knees and thirty-nine year old body spinning around second, charging desperately for third where he could have scored on a fly ball to give the team the lead and coming up a foot short, limping back to the dugout with his head down in disgust.

Now retired, O'Neill is a broadcaster.

He appeared on Seinfeld as himself.

His father, Charles O'Neill, pitched in the minors from 1945 to 1948.

On August 9, 2014 the Yankees will dedicate a plaque to O'Neill inside of Monument Park.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 5-time All-Star (1991, 1994, 1995, 1997 & 1998)
  • AL Batting Average Leader (1994)
  • 20 Home Run Seasons: 7 (1991, 1993-1995, 1997, 1998 & 2001)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 4 (1997-2000)
  • Won five World Series with the Cincinnati Reds (1990) and the New York Yankees (1996, 1998, 1999 & 2000)

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