NEW YORK (AP)—Tommy Henrich, nicknamed “Old Reliable” for his knack of delivering clutch hits for the New York Yankees, died Tuesday. He was 96.
Henrich died in Dayton, Ohio, the team said.
Henrich was a five-time All-Star outfielder who joined the Yankees in 1937 and finished in 1950, winning four World Series championships. He missed three seasons while serving in the Coast Guard during World War II.
The news is a few days old. Since Tom Benson owns the name to the old Pelicans franchise (hence why the team in Metarie is called the Zephyrs), I figured this was worth posting for anyone who cares about the history of minor league baseball in Louisiana. He played for New Orleans in 1936. According to BR bullpen, Henrich was tied with Roy Weatherly for the highest batting average for the Pelicans in 1936, which was .346.