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Sandy Amoros, World Series Star for Dodgers in 1955, Dies at 62

Sandy Amoros, who dashed across the Yankee Stadium outfield in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series and caught a piece of baseball immortality when he turned a deep Yankee drive into a spectacular Series-saving double play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, died yesterday in Miami. He was 62 years old.

He died of pneumonia at Jackson Memorial Hospital, said his lawyer, Rafael Sanchez. Mr. Amoros, who had a leg amputated in 1985, had been stricken with pneumonia on June 16, just a few days before he was to have been honored in Brooklyn.

There were many heroes in the Dodgers' victory over the Yankees in 1955, but it was Mr. Amoros, an otherwise obscure Cuban-born outfielder with a .255 career batting average, who nailed down Brooklyn's lone World Series championship with a single play that has unreeled across the minds of Brooklyn fans ever since. Sixth-Inning Heroics

It happened in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 7 at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 4, 1955, as the Dodgers, who had come back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Series at three games each, tried once again to do something they had failed to do five times since 1941: beat the Yankees in the World Series.

With the Dodgers clinging to a 2-0 lead, Amoros was sent in to play left field. Then, with runners on first and second and none out, the Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, sliced a drive down the left-field line that seemed destined to score the tying runs, especially since Amoros had played the pull-hitting Berra toward left-center field.

But Amoros, hailed as the fastest man in the majors when he joined the Dodgers in 1952, streaked across the outfield, and the left-handed fielder snagged the ball on the run, his right arm fully extended. Then he whipped the ball to the shortstop, Pee Wee Reese, who relayed it to Gil Hodges, doubling Gil McDougald off first.

There were three more innings in the game, but the Yankee fire had been banked. Ended Career With Tigers

Edmundo Isasi Amoros, who was born in Havana on Jan. 30, 1930, and recruited by the Dodgers during a barnstorming tour of Cuba, finished his career with the Detroit Tigers after a midseason trade in 1960.

He never hit above .277, but at 5 feet 7 1/2 inches he had surprising power; his .430 slugging average in 1,311 times at bat included 55 doubles, 23 triples and 43 home runs. And for all his outfield heroics in Game 7, real Dodger fans will recall that it was Amoros's two-run homer that put the Dodgers ahead for good in Game 5 of the 1955 Series.

After his career, Mr. Amoros returned to Cuba, hoping to bring out his wife and daughter. But instead, he, too, was forced to stay until the family was allowed to leave in 1967. Mr. Amoros, who was then penniless, said he had angered Cuban authorities by refusing an offer from Fidel Castro to serve as manager of the Cuban national team. Forced to Retire

Mr. Amoros, whose marriage ended in divorce, sold radios and televisions in the Bronx until 1977 when he was stricken with circulation problems that forced him to stop work and led him to resettle in Florida.

Frequently asked about his famous catch, Mr. Amoros always tried to oblige, but as he once put it in broken English that drew no argument in Brooklyn, "It really too good to describe."

His survivors include a daughter, Eloisa, and four grandchildren.

Amoros, Dodger Hero of '55, Dies at 62 : Baseball: His running catch led to double play that preserved the victory in Game 7 as Brooklyn won its only World Series.

MIAMI — Sandy Amoros, whose catch for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955 is considered one of the best in World Series history, died Saturday at 62.

Amoros, nearly destitute and in failing health for the last several years, died of pneumonia at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, his attorney Rafael Sanchez said.

Amoros, who lost a leg because of diabetes and battled circulatory problems that ravaged his body, had been living with his daughter, Eloisa, and four grandchildren in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood until he was hospitalized earlier this month.

Amoros made a running catch of a fly ball hit by Yogi Berra during the sixth inning of the seventh game at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 4, 1955. The catch started a double play that preserved a 2-0 lead and the Dodgers held on for their only title in nine World Series appearances before they moved to Los Angeles for the 1958 season.

Brooklyn Dodger fans, former teammates and Berra had been helping raise money for Amoros' medical expenses. The Brooklyn Borough president declared June 20 to be Sandy Amoros Day.

Former Dodger pitcher Don Newcombe was among the first to learn of his former teammate's death.

"I'm going to miss him," Newcombe said.

"I'm sorry to see Sandy go," said Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda, who pitched in four games for the 1955 Dodgers and also was Amoros' teammate on teams in Cuba and Montreal. "He was a very lovable guy, a likable guy. I have a lot of wonderful memories about Sandy."

Newcombe said Amoros never bragged about his World Series catch.

"Other people made a big deal of it. He just did what he was trained to do, and he did it right. Sandy never talked too much, anyhow. He just enjoyed being around," Newcombe said.

The left-handed-hitting Amoros did not start in Game 7 because left-hander Tommy Byrne started for the Yankees. Amoros entered for the sixth inning, during which the Yankees got two runners on ahead of Berra.

Berra, a pull hitter, sliced a drive into the short left-field corner. Amoros, playing Berra toward left-center, barely was able to make the catch in fair territory near the foul pole.

After making a catch a right-handed player probably could not have made, Amoros wheeled and threw to shortstop Pee Wee Reese behind third base along the left field line. Reese threw to first baseman Gil Hodges to double up Gil McDougald, who had rounded second.

"Yeah, people tell me they saw the catch, they talk about it and how it made the whole series," Amoros said in 1989. "I still receive a lot of letters. People want to talk about Game 7 of the 1955 World Series."

Born Edmundo Isasi Amoros on Jan. 30, 1930 in Havana, Amoros played for seven seasons in the majors. He played in 65 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1960 after playing for the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

The 5-foot-7, 170-pound Amoros had a .255 lifetime batting average with 43 homers. His best season was 1956, during which he hit 16 home runs and drove in 58 runs in 292 at-bats.

In addition to 1955, Amoros appeared in the World Series in 1952 and 1956. He batted a combined .161 with one homer in Series play.

Amoros was among those whose feats were chronicled in Roger Kahn's book "The Boys of Summer." Only three of the starting eight players from the 1955 team--center fielder Duke Snider, catcher Roy Campanella and shortstop Reese--are alive. The others were Amoros, Hodges, third baseman Jackie Robinson, second baseman Jim Gilliam and outfielder Carl Furillo.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

 

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