Anthony Christopher Kubek
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 191 lb.
- High School Bay View High School
- Debut April 20, 1957
- Final Game October 3, 1965
- Born October 12, 1935 in Milwaukee, WI USA
Tall Tony Kubek was a free-swinger who never walked more than 31 times in any season. A solid performer for the New York Yankees during his first few years, he played in six World Series, but missed the 1964 World Series through injury. He was the 1957 AL Rookie of the Year.
Although Kubek was not a particularly strong hitter, he was a big star in his time. That is probably because he was 1957 AL Rookie of the Year when he was 21 years old, an All Star at age 22, and a player who was in the World Series practically every year. As a 21-year-old rookie, he got eight hits in the 1957 World Series, including two home runs.
After he retired as a player, Kubek was a long-time broadcaster, teamed with Joe Garagiola for many years for NBC's Saturday afternoon Game of the Week. He also broadcast games for the Toronto Blue Jays during that time, and broadcast games for the Yankees after NBC Baseball ended. He broadcast eleven World Series for NBC TV between 1969 and 1982, and fourteen League Championship Series between 1969 and 1989. He received the Ford Frick Award from the Hall of Fame in 2009 and was inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2016 class.
- 1957 AL Rookie of the Year Award
- 3-time AL All-Star (1958, 1959 & 1961)
- Won three World Series with the New York Yankees (1958, 1961 & 1962)
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- Tony Kubek (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, February 1973, pp. 57-59.