How Did Tony Kubek Break His Neck?

Posted: 17th February 2010 by Harold Friend in MLB
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Mary Lynne Munroe roots against the New York Yankees as much as the next woman, but even she felt sorry for Tony Kubek when he was hit in the throat by a ground ball that took a bad hop in the 1960 World Series. Kubek suffered a neck injury that might have led to his early retirement.

Bill Virdon's Ground Ball

Now don't get me wrong. The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates were a better team than the New York Yankees, as they proved by becoming World Champions, but even I was upset when Bill Virdon's ground ball hit Kubek in throat. Tony never was the same.

He missed a lot of playing time from 1963-65 with an assortment of injuries, primarily affecting his neck, shoulder, and arm. After the 1965 season, Tony told the Yankees that he might retire. ...

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