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April 30, 2021

Council Member Robert Holden


64-69 Dry Harbor Road
Middle Village, NY 11379

Dear Council Member Holden,

As you are aware, baseball hall of famer Phil Rizzuto grew up in a corner house located in
Glendale at 78-01 64th Street. Our organization would like to co-name the corner of 78th Ave
and 64th Street Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto Corner.

I have attached an article I wrote that summarizes his connection to Glendale, importance to
the City of New York and status within the sports world.

We would appreciate it if you would assist us in achieving this honor for Mr. Rizzuto.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Christina Wilkinson
President
THE JUNIPER BERRY

Scooter's Corner
By Christina M Wilkinson Published September 11, 2018

The unassuming house at 78-01 64th Street in Glendale offers no hint that a Hall of
Fame baseball star spent his formative years in it.

In 1917, Philip Francis Rizzuto, the 3rd of 7 siblings, was born in an apartment on Dill
Place (61st Street) in Glendale. The home pictured was purchased in 1929 by his
father, Phillip Rizzuto, Sr., a Myrtle Avenue trolley car motorman and later
construction foreman who sought a larger space for his growing family.

Phil Jr. had been a student at PS 68 when he got his baseball start. He then
attended Richmond Hill High School where he played on the school’s team at places
like Victory Field and Dexter Park in Woodhaven. A scrappy little Dodger fan of 5’6”,
he was rejected by both the Giants and Dodgers when he tried out, but the Yankees
saw promise in him. He was dubbed “The Scooter” for his agility at running the
bases and ended up winning 9 American League pennants and 7 World Series titles
during his 13 seasons as shortstop with the Yankees, as well as the American
League Most Valuable Player award in 1950. He was a 5-time All Star despite
missing 3 seasons due to a stint in the US Navy during WWII.

After retirement in 1956, Phil moved to the Yankees’ broadcast booth where he
became known more for cheerful banter about his friends and family than for his
play-by-play. His signature phrase “Holy Cow!” is fondly remembered by several
generations of fans today. Phil married and moved to NJ in 1943, but the house he
and his 6 siblings grew up in stayed in the family until the death of his first-born
sister Mary in 1993.

The Yankees retired Scooter’s number 10 in 1985. After years of disappointment,


Phil was finally inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1996,
after a 40-year career, Rizzuto retired from broadcasting, but not before advocating
for then-rookie shortstop Derek Jeter to be given more playing time. He also took
Jeter under his wing, offering him encouragement and advice.

Rizzuto passed away in 2007, a month shy of his 90th birthday. A plaque at PS 68
commemorates his time there and Smokey Oval Park in Richmond Hill was renamed
in his honor in 2008.