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BOSTON, Mass. -- Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski has been hospitalized in Boston for what his spokesman called something "serious."

Dick Gordon, Yastrzemski's spokesman, would not give any further details or indicate when Yaz had been admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital.

"He had experienced some chest pains and he's in for testing," Gordon said.
When asked if Yastrzemski's condition was serious, Gordon said: "Any time you are in the hospital, it's got to be pretty serious."

The 68-year-old Yastrzemski was baseball's last player to win the Triple Crown in 1967 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Not Capt. Carl please.....
This man meant so much to my friends and I growing up. He WAS the Sox to us in the 70's.

Get well soon Yaz..
 
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Not Capt. Carl please.....
This man meant so much to my friends and I growing up. He WAS the Sox to us in the 70's.

Get well soon Yaz..
+1

Every kid in Massachusetts in our age bracket spent hours mimicking the way he used to spin the bat before he set himself at the plate.
 

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We'll never forget that last lap around Fenway will we Bruce...
And I doubt we'll ever see anybody play the Monster like he did...

And who can forget when he covered up home plate with dirt after a perceived bad call.
I cant remember who the ump was, but if I remember correctly he did have some bad blood with Denkinger, but who knows. Early shower for #8 that day...
 
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And who can forget when he covered up home plate with dirt after a perceived bad call.
I cant remember who the ump was, but if I remember correctly he did have some bad blood with Denkinger, but who knows. Early shower for #8 that day...
What was awesome about that is Yaz didn't even say a word, he just covered home plate and walked away.

I also used to crack up when a bomb got launched over the Monster and Yaz would just stand there with his hands on his knees. Wouldn't even turn around to see it leave the yard.
 

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Delta784 said:
What was awesome about that is Yaz didn't even say a word, he just covered home plate and walked away.
That was beautiful. Stares at the ump for about 4-5 seconds and covers up home... Hit the shower. Said it all in that 12 seconds...

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I also used to crack up when a bomb got launched over the Monster and Yaz would just stand there with his hands on his knees. Wouldn't even turn around to see it leave the yard.
Oh that was his trademark. Never even flinched. Knew every nuance of the wall.
 

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Yaz Undergoes Heart Bypass Surgery

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Carl Yastrzemski, 1968
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BOSTON (WBZ) ― Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, the last player to hit for the Triple Crown, underwent heart bypass surgery Tuesday after experiencing chest pains.

The 68-year-old Yastrzemski was in surgery Tuesday evening after being admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital, said his spokesman, Dick Gordon.

The popular Yaz was an 18-time All-Star and spent his entire career with the Boston Red Sox, taking over left field for Ted Williams in 1961 and playing through 1983.

In 1967, Yastrzemski helped revitalize the flagging franchise during the "Impossible Dream" season when the Red Sox went from ninth place in the 10-team AL in 1966 to the World Series, where they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

And all over New England that summer, kids tried to imitate his unique lefty batting stance, with the bat held high over his head.

With calls of "Yaz" echoing around Fenway Park, he won the Triple Crown that year, hitting .326 with 44 home runs and 121 RBIs. Behind the AL MVP, the Red Sox won their first pennant since 1946, but lost the World Series in Game 7.

Yastrzemski was baseball's last player to win the Triple Crown in 1967 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. He has often shied away from celebrity and rarely made public appearances, but drew a big ovation when he threw out the first ball before Game 1 of last year's World Series.

Yaz finished with 452 career home runs and 1,844 RBIs. He had 3,419 lifetime hits and batted .285. He also won seven Gold Gloves, expertly playing the caroms off the Green Monster.

Yastrzemski is one of five former Red Sox players to have his number retired by the team. His No. 8 is painted on the facing of the right field grandstands at Fenway, along with those of Williams, Carlton Fisk, Bobby Doerr and Joe Cronin.

Boston manager Terry Francona remembered when Yastrzemski visited spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla.

"He came over for a couple of weeks a couple of years ago," Francona said before the Red Sox played Tuesday night at Baltimore. "I was glad he did it. It was kind of an honor for us."

Former Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer, another Hall of Famer, faced Yastrzemski more than any batter. Yastrzemski's 197 plate appearances, 169 at-bats, 41 hits and 13 doubles where more than any other player had against Palmer, who held him to four homers, 21 RBIs and a .243 batting average.

"He could do everything," Palmer said Tuesday. "He could run the bases. He could hit for average. He could hit for power. He could hit your best pitch and he could hit your worst pitch. ... I just tried to keep the ball in the ballpark against him. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't."

Palmer allowed what would have been Yastrzemski's final homer, but it was erased when the game was rained out.

Current Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy was one of Yastrzemski's teammates.

"I don't think he became the most talented of the Hall of Famers, but no one outworked him," Remy said. "Up until the day he retired, he wanted to be the best. ... He spent hours and hours and hours hitting."

Dr. Murray Feingold of WBZ Radio, a long-time friend of Yastrzemski, is the founder of the Genesis Fund.

"I just saw him a few weeks ago, and he looked better than he'd ever looked," Feingold said of Yastrzemski. "He lost 20 pounds. Emotionally he was up. He looked great, so this comes as a big surprise."

Yastrzemski was one of the organization's first supporters and has helped the Genesis Fund, which helps fund treatment for children born with birth defects, for more than 20 years.

"When he came to our Genesis event, he would stand for hours signing autographs for our patients and their families," Feingold said. "For hours he would do that. He gave of himself."

"If it's a heart problem, and he has the proper treatment, hopefully he'll do well and we'll see him next year at Fenway Park for the Genesis Fund signing autographs for all the children because they love him."

Carl Yastrzemski spoke to WBZ's Steve Burton at Fenway Park last month.
WBZ

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Yaz Released From Hospital After Heart Surgery

BOSTON (WBZ) ― Carl Yastrzemski has been released from Massachusetts General Hospital after undergoing heart bypass surgery last week, WBZ has learned.

The Hall of Famer underwent a successful heart bypass surgery last Tuesday after experiencing chest pains.

The 68-year-old Yastrzemski underwent the 6-hour surgery just hours after being admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital.

The popular Yaz was an 18-time All-Star and spent his entire career with the Boston Red Sox, taking over left field for Ted Williams in 1961 and playing through 1983.

In 1967, Yastrzemski helped revitalize the flagging franchise during the "Impossible Dream" season when the Red Sox went from ninth place in the 10-team AL in 1966 to the World Series, where they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

And all over New England that summer, kids tried to imitate his unique lefty batting stance, with the bat held high over his head.

With calls of "Yaz" echoing around Fenway Park, he won the Triple Crown that year, hitting .326 with 44 home runs and 121 RBIs. Behind the AL MVP, the Red Sox won their first pennant since 1946, but lost the World Series in Game 7.

Yastrzemski was baseball's last player to win the Triple Crown in 1967 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. He has often shied away from celebrity and rarely made public appearances, but drew a big ovation when he threw out the first ball before Game 1 of last year's World Series.

Yaz finished with 452 career home runs and 1,844 RBIs. He had 3,419 lifetime hits and batted .285. He also won seven Gold Gloves, expertly playing the caroms off the Green Monster.

Yastrzemski is one of five former Red Sox players to have his number retired by the team. His No. 8 is painted on the facing of the right field grandstands at Fenway, along with those of Williams, Carlton Fisk, Bobby Doerr and Joe Cronin.

http://wbztv.com/sports/redsox/carl.yastrzemski.yaz.2.803560.html
 
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