A Chicago baseball icon, Moose Skowron grew up on the Northwest Side and starred at Weber High School. The former Yankee and white Sox Star enjoyed one of baseball's most memorable careers.
There has been concern lately about Skowron after a recent health scare, but we're happy to report, at the age of 80, the legend is as full of life and personality as ever.
A visit with Skowron is like taking a trip into baseball history. His home is filled with memorabilia from a stellar career that began with the Yankees in 1954.
The stories never end, like the time Skowron dressed in drag for a party, egged on by long-time pal and legend Mickey Mantle, the greatest player Skowron says he ever saw.
"To Moose, my best wishes,” Skowron read off memorabilia. “We came up at the same time and it was one of the best things in my life. Thanks a lot, Mickey Mantle. ...I treasure that picture. It does mean a lot to me. He was a heck of a guy and a very good friend of mine."
How about the Yankee Clipper? Well, Skowron knew him well. Joe DiMaggio had retired by the time Skowron came along, but he was a frequent visitor to Yankee Stadium, as was his wife, a certain Marilyn Monroe.
"Me and Tony Kubek went out with him and his wife, Marilyn. I'll never forget that day. I shaved four times. I was so excited to meet this lady and she was a beautiful woman," Skowron said.
Skowron even made appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, a hugely popular network variety show of the era, and when he played for the Dodgers, had a bit part in an episode of the iconic Mr. Ed show.
Skowron even played Las Vegas for a week with his fellow Dodgers back in 63. Skowron was Big.
"We sang songs! We did a hell of a good job. We got good pay, too. Two shows a night we were sold out," Skowron said.
At the age of 80, his wit is sharp as are his memories, although Skowron's life is a little slower now.
He still makes appearances for the White Sox and hangs out with his family and his trusty dogs, Mickey and Maris, happy to be alive after battling lung cancer, a battle he believes he's won.
"I've been there the last six weeks and I'm doing great. Another two weeks and I'm done. I beat it," Skowron said.
Skowron still proudly wears his World Series ring from 1961, the greatest team he ever saw.
It was that year that Mantle, Roger Maris and Moose, the three M's, combined for 143 homers, still the record for a trio from one team.
His greatest thrill was the 1958 World Series. Game 7 and Skowron delivered the key blow, a three-run homer off of Lew Burdette to cement the win. Skowron, in fact, played in eight World Series in his first 10 years in the Major League.
His eight World Series home runs is good for seventh place on the all-time list, trailing only: Mantle (Mickey), Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Duke Snider, Lou Gehrig and Reggie Jackson.
Not bad for, the son of a garbage-man from the Northwest Side.
Today, Skowron is a fixture on the South Side where he has been a community relations representative for the White Sox since 1999.
205 N. Michigan Avenue
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