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Derek Jeter and Phil Rizzuto: One of the Two Greatest Yankees SS Was Never MVP

is no doubt that Derek Jeter is the greatest New York Yankees shortstop ever, but the player that was the best Yankees' shortstop prior to Jeter, Phil Rizzuto, won the MVP award in 1950. 

Jeter's best showing was when he finished second in 2006.

Phil Rizzuto received 16 of the 23 first place votes to easily walk away with the 1950 MVP award.

The "Scooter" batted .324/.418/.439 with seven home runs, 66 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. In a close pennant race, the Yankees finished three games ahead of the Detroit Tigers and four games ahead of the Boston Red Sox.

Despite not having Jeter's statistics, Rizzuto was recognized as irreplaceable.

Ted Williams, when he was a member of the Veterans Committee, stated “Rizzuto ...

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