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Rizzuto, Phil (25 September 1917–13 August 2007), baseball player and broadcaster, was born Fiero Francis Rizzuto (he later legally changed his first name to Philip) in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Brooklyn natives Fiore, a trolley conductor, and Rose Angotti Rizzuto. The family, New York to the core, moved to Queens when Phil was twelve. A star baseball player at Richmond Hill High School, Phil tried out with the local Giants and Dodgers, his favorite team, at sixteen but failed to make an impression. The other New York team, the Yankees, signed him in 1936 and he began to work his way up through the Yankee farm system, spending a year at Bassett, Virginia, in 1937, moving to Norfolk in 1938, and then Kansas City in 1939 and 1940. At each stop in this journey he batted over .300. In Kansas City he also picked up his lifetime nickname, “Scooter,” as teammate Billy Hitchcock, observing the speedy but short-legged Rizzuto's running style, told him that he did not run, he scooted. He was named the top minor league player in baseball that final year in Kansas City....