Via Bill Madden -
Gil McDougald, the versatile 1950s Yankee who, along with Pete Rose, had the unique distinction of being selected to the All-Star team at three different positions, died Sunday at his home in Wall Township, N.J., after a long bout with prostate cancer. He was 82.
McDougald played a pivotal role on eight Yankee pennant-winning teams from 1951-60, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1951 when he hit .306 with 14 homers and 63 RBI. He was named to the All-Star team five times, as a third baseman in 1952, a shortstop in 1957 and a second baseman in 1958. But as fine an all-around player as McDougald was, hitting .276 during a 10-year career all with the Yankees, it was his fate to be remembered for hitting a line drive that struck Indians pitcher Herb Score in the right eye on May 7, 1957. At the time, the fireballing lefthander seemed destined for a Hall of Fame career, but was never the same after the incident.
Two years earlier, McDougald had been struck in the left ear by a line drive off the bat of teammate Bob Cerv during batting practice. It shattered a bone in his ear, eventually causing him to go deaf after his career had ended. The condition was corrected in 1995 when he underwent a cochlea implant performed by Dr. Noel Cohen, head of otolaryngology at NYU Medical Center.
From 1951 to 1960, McDougal was a big part of the Yankees – see these Yankees stats from covering that time period:
Player RCAA OWP PA 1 Mickey Mantle 704 .806 6053 2 Yogi Berra 241 .644 5566 3 Bill Skowron 125 .636 2971 4 Hank Bauer 118 .592 4515 5 Gil McDougald 100 .567 5395 6 Gene Woodling 93 .676 1798 7 Roger Maris 51 .751 578 8 Joe Collins 48 .572 2440 9 Irv Noren 27 .562 1649 10 Hector Lopez 25 .601 916
source: Complete Baseball Encyclopedia
McDougald played on 8 pennant winning teams and has 5 World Series rings. Not a bad career, eh?