Tommy Henrich

Tommy Henrich of the New York Yankees
Birthdate 2/20/1913
Death Date 12/1/2009
Debut Year 1937
Year of Induction
Teams Yankees
Positions First Base, Right Field

Tommy Henrich hit the 1st walk-off homer in World Series history in Game 1 of the ’49 Fall Classic; he was a 4-time champion and 5-time All Star.

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George Weiss kept the New York Yankees dynasty loaded with talent

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The Yankees signed Henrich after Judge Landis declared him free from the Indians

The Yankees signed Henrich after Judge Landis declared him free from the Indians

Tommy Henrich was an up-and-comer in the Cleveland Indians minor league system, destined for big league stardom. He spent 1936 with the New Orleans Pelicans and hit .346 with 100 RBI and 117 runs scored. The 23-year old Henrich believed he earned a shot with the big club. Instead the Indians told hi
Tommy Henrich was an essential part of four World Championship Yankee teams

Tommy Henrich was an essential part of four World Championship Yankee teams

Tommy Henrich debuted as a 24-year old outfielder with the New York Yankees in 1937. His first game with the the defending World Series champs came on May 11 when he went 1-for-4 against Chicago’s Monty Stratton in the White Sox 7-2 win. In 67 games Henrich hit .320 with a .419 on-base percent
Government postcards give the date and place the signature was mailed

Government postcards give the date and place the signature was mailed

Shown here is the other side of the postcard. Notice the New York postmark of June 5, 1948. The Yankees squared off against the Browns that afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Henrich went 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple, and two runs batted in as New York beat St. Louis 7-1. The three-base hit was the 50

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