I am a life-long, born-and-bred Yankees fan through and through. There is no other baseball team I'd ever root for. When I was a little girl, I'd watch the Yanks with my dad, and I loved to listen to Phil Rizzuto's commentary. I loved when something great would happen and he'd yell, "Holy cow!" I can still hear his voice in my head any time I read that phrase.
In his decades on the radio and TV, Rizzuto's favorite phrase was "Holy cow!" He trotted it out when calling Roger Maris' record-breaking 61st home run in 1961 and the saying became so much a part of him, the team presented him with a cow wearing a halo when they held a day in his honor in 1985. The cow knocked Rizzuto over and, of course, he shouted, "Holy cow!"
I actually REMEMBER watching that. We still lived in New Jersey, so we could watch every Yankees game. I remember laughing because the cow's name was Huckleberry, and Phil himself laughed when it knocked him over.
He was a real class act.
Learn more about Scooter from the Yanks here.
Watch his Hall of Fame induction speech (which was LONG overdue) here. (If that doesn't work, go to Yankees.com and look for the link under the headline about his death.) [banner at top of post is from Yankees.com]
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.