March 8 – Happy Birthday Bob Grim

1955-topps-80-bob-grimBob Grim was just one of two Amsterdam Rugmaker pitchers who would go on to enjoy 20-victory seasons with the New York Yankees. In fact Grim pitched his way into the history books, by becoming the only Yankee to put together a 20-win season in his rookie year, which was 1954.

But if you had asked Grim’s 1949 Rugmaker manager, Mayo Smith, if his then-19-year-old, Brooklyn-born right-hander would become a 20-game-winner in the big leagues some day, you wouldn’t have blamed the popular skipper for looking at you sort of funny. After all…

You can read the rest of my story about this former Amsterdam Rugmaker and NY Yankee in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.