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Doing What's Right in Left

When shortstop Tony Kubek traded his New York Yankees uniform for one from the U.S. Army, the Yankees turned to a rookie named Tom Tresh to step in for their All-Star infielder.Tom Tresh

From that season on, first as the team’s interim shortstop and then as its regular left-fielder (as well as other positions as needed), Tresh was a solid, though rarely spectacular, performer for the Yankees throughout the 1960s.

New York signed Tresh off the campus of Central Michigan University in 1958. He played mostly shortstop throughout his 4 seasons in the minors, batting .315 for AAA Richmond in 1961.

Kubek’s departure for military service opened the door for Tresh to start at shortstop on Opening Day in 1962, a feat matched by no Yankee rookie until Derek Jeter in 1996. Like Jeter 34 years later, Tresh was selected as the American League Rookie of the Year. He hit .286 with 20 home runs and 93 RBIs, providing excellent defense while surpassing Kubek’s offensive marks. When Kubek returned in late summer, Tresh moved seamlessly to left field, where he continued his high level of performance in September and throughout the World Series (batting .321 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs).

Tresh never quite matched that level of offense again. During the next 4 years, as the Yankees’ fortunes gradually declined, Tresh’s batting average slipped (.257 combined) while he averaged 24 home runs and 72 RBIs per season. In 1967 and 1968 he saw a rapid decline in his hitting and power numbers (as did most of the American League’s hitters). In 1969 he was traded to the Detroit Tigers, and finished that season in Detroit before retiring.

Tresh was twice an All-Star and won a Gold Glove as an outfielder in 1965.

 

Looking for Tom Tresh’s stats? In Hardball Bob's opinion, the best source for online statistics is Baseball-Reference.com. For Tom’s career stats, go here.


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