Yankees mourn Skowron's passing

Yankees mourn Skowron's passing

NEW YORK --- Bill "Moose" Skowron played a key role on some of the most entertaining clubs in Yankees history, sharing a clubhouse with the likes of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Whitey Ford.

As such, he had tales to tell, and Skowron wasn't shy about sharing his stories from those glory years. Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who grew up rooting for later generations of Bombers, was always interested in listening.

"He's told me stories before. I've heard a lot of stories from Moose," Jeter said. "But he really was one guy you looked forward to seeing at Old-Timers' Day. I'm going to miss him."

Skowron passed away on Friday at the age of 81 in Arlington Heights, Ill. He played 14 seasons with the Yankees beginning in 1954 before also playing with the Dodgers, Senators, White Sox and Angels.

"I got to know Moose really well," Jeter said. "It's too bad. Moose is one of the guys you always look forward to seeing, whether it was here, Old-Timers' Day or in Chicago. He used to always come out when we played in Chicago. I enjoyed getting to know him throughout the years."

Skowron had worked for the White Sox as a community ambassador since 1999. The Yankees planned to observe a moment of silence in Skowron's memory before Friday's game against the Tigers.

"He was great to be around," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "[He was] very energetic, went to some of the fantasy camps we put on and we'd see him every year we went to Chicago. He had a real zest for life. He loved the game, loved to talk about the game. He was really fun to be around."