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Happy Birthday Yaz! Carl Yastrzemski Turns 70

Red Sox great and MLB Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski turns 70 on Saturday. Yaz spent all of his 23 big league seasons with the Red Sox, and is one of the few players in major league history with over 3,000 hits and over 400 home runs.

Yaz battled some health problems in 2008 when he hospitalized with chest pains. He underwent successful triple-bypass heart surgery, and was released from the hospital a week after his 69th birthday.

In one of the most pivotal seasons in Red Sox history, Yaz helped the team realize the Impossible Dream. He led the Sox to the 1967 World Series against the Cardinals, and in doing so, he completed the last Triple Crown season in the majors. That year, Yaz hit .326 with 44 HRs and 121 RBI, and won his only MVP award.

So we at SoB salute Carl Yastrzemski, the greatest living Red Sox player. Happy Birthday Yaz!

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4 comments for “Happy Birthday Yaz! Carl Yastrzemski Turns 70”

  1. hAPPY B-DAY yAZ, YOU’RE THE BEST! i REMMEBER YOU IN 1967 THE iMPOSSIBLE DREAM TEAM. i WILL ALWAYS SALUTE YOU AND YOUR RARE TALENT . YOU MADE THE GAME OF BASEBALL VERY EXCITING AND ENJOYEABLE FOR EVERYONE! LIVE LONG, AND HEALTHY AND GOD BLESS, bARBARA mONAHAN

    Posted by Barbara Monahan | August 22, 2009, 6:59 pm
  2. I always loved watching you play ,you were the epitome of a Red Sox player !!!!!
    You were awesome!

    Posted by paul paradis | April 6, 2010, 5:48 am
  3. Happy Birthday Kid, As a Boy Growing Up and Seeing You at The Park Was Truly Memorable. Still Today I Saved and Display All of my ‘Memorable Items’ Including:
    a Signed Ball, Rare Posters, Photos and of course Baseball Cards. My Favorite ‘All Time’
    Sports Athlete and Friend.

    Posted by Stevie D. | June 14, 2010, 10:02 am
  4. I’m going to be 56 this year, but still can’t talk about Carl Yastremski and his role on the ’67 Red Sox without getting all choked up. Wish you all the best Carl, my favorite baseball player!

    Posted by Paul B | August 11, 2010, 1:57 pm

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