The baseball world is in mourning today after Bob Cerv, three-time Yankee and one-time All-Star, passed away. He was 91 years-old.
A standout baseball player in high school, Cerv put his career on hold to join the U.S. Navy and fight in World War II. Afterwards, he attended college and played both baseball and basketball, earning success in both.
Once he graduated, Cerv was signed by the New York Yankees in 1951, and he was a member of the 1956 World Series Champion team that featured such stars as Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris and Billy Martin. His best season came in 1958, when he hit 38 home runs and hit .305 for the Kansas City A’s. Cerv later spent time on the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Colts teams before he retired in 1962.
Cerv began coaching baseball in 1965 at John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Nebraska.
The baseball legend was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and daughters Denise Mahoney and Sithay Cerv. He was survived by 10 children, 33 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
“His family was the most important thing to him,” his daughter Kim Chambers said. “For everyone he really ever met, he was always a friend and a coach. Even when he worked with his grandchildren, he’d praise them yet educate them on what the right things were to do.”
Rest in peace, Bob Cerv!