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My favorite baseball team ever was the 1961 Yankees. I was 18 (OK. I’ll save you the trouble. I’m 77 now). I was not quite out of the bubble gum baseball card part of my life, I lived in New York and Mickey was a Yankee. Nuff said.

How glorious a team. Yogi and Whitey. Roger Maris’ 61 home runs. Little Luis Arroyo. Moose Skowron. Ellie Howard hit .348. And, of course, Mickey Mantle. No. 1 for any teenage boy who grew up anywhere near Yankee Stadium – and beyond as it turns out.

They were the world champs that year, smashing their way to 109 wins with only 53 losses. They stomped Cincinnati in five games to win another World Series. They hit a then major league record 240 home runs led by Maris and Mantle’s 54!

They’re almost all gone now. Whitey Ford just last year. All now in the history books, memories of their glory years

The Yankees Tony Kubek during the 1957 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves from the Thomas Falcone collection.
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But the double-play combination of shortstop Tony Kubek and second-baseman Bobby Richardson are still with us. Both 85. And Cheap Yankees Jerseys both have led productive and successful lives after retiring from the Yankees.

(A third Yankee from the ’61 team, pitcher Ralph Terry, is also still alive at 85. He was 16-3 in 1961).

Kubek and Richardson were nicknamed “The Milkshake Twins”. They didn’t party. Rarely drank. And this on a team with Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford!

They were squeaky clean and darn good ballplayers, too. They hit one-two in the order, setting the table for Mantle and Maris.

Kubek, the angular lefty-hitting shortstop from Milwaukee, was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1957, made four All-Star teams and led the Yankees with 38 doubles (Maris and Mantle only had 32 between them) in ’61.

Richardson, the soft-handed second baseman from South Carolina, made eight All-Star teams, was the MVP of the 1960 World Series (which the Yankees famously lost to the Pirates) and had a career .305 batting average in the World Series.

It was in the height of that particular Yankee dynasty and the “Milkshake Twins” were always in the thick of things. Kubek played in the World Series six times in his nine-year career in New York; Richardson seven times in 12 years.

Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson and his daughter Jeanne, 2, pose for cameramen after the star officially announced his retirement from baseball at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sept. 17, 1966. Richardson said he wanted to devote more time with his family and to social work. He was honored with a day prior to the game with the Minnesota Twins.
Kubek went on to a long and distinguished broadcasting career, including a 24-year national stint on NBC. Richardson, a devout Christian, became the Cheap Baseball Jerseys China head baseball coach at South Carolina and took Wholesale Minnesota Twins Jerseys the school to its first-ever College World Series.

Nineteen Sixty One was also the first year for the 162-game schedule as the American League expanded to 10 teams, adding the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators.

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The Angels, purchased by a group headed Wholesale Baseball Jerseys by Palm Springs resident Gene Autry, paid $2.1 million for the franchise and went 12-6 against the mighty Yanks.

Yep, the double play combo of Tony Kubek and Bobby Richardson, a part of the legendary Yankee lineups, lives on.

So here’s to the Milkshake Twins. A toast. Make mine chocolate.