April 27, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Bill "Moose" Skowron, a member of the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and a 14-year Major League Baseball player, died early this morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill., from congestive heart failure. He was 81.
Skowron was a Purdue football letterwinner in 1949 and a baseball letterwinner in 1950. A shortstop, he was named first team All-Big Ten and team Most Valuable Player that season after batting .388, including .500 in conference games to win the batting title.
Skowron subsequently was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees. He made his major league debut in 1954 and played for the Yankees through 1962 and then had stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1963-64), Chicago White Sox (1964-66) and Los Angeles Angels (1967). He was an eight-time All-Star and played in eight World Series - seven with the Yankees and one with the Dodgers - winning five of them, all in a nine-year span from 1955 to 1963.
Primarily a first baseman in the majors, Skowron was a lifetime .282 batter with 211 home runs and 888 RBI. He batted .293 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 39 postgame games, delivering the winning home run in the decisive Game 7 of the 1958 World Series as the Yankees beat the Milwaukee Braves.
A native of Chicago, Skowron was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
Skowron had worked for the White Sox since 1999, when he joined the community relations department as part of the organization's speakers bureau, making appearances and greeting fans on behalf of the team.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine "Cookie"; daughter Lynnette (husband Steve), and granddaughter Addyson; son Greg (wife Sheryl) and grandsons Jordan, Grant and Blake; and son Steve. Skowron also is survived by his brother Edward (wife Dorothy and daughter Lisa).
Skowron will be acknowledged prior to the Purdue baseball game against Michigan State today at 4 p.m.
Visitation Monday, April 30, 2012 2:00 - 9:00 PM at Colonial -Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 8025 W. Golf Road, Niles. Family & Friends will gather Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Queen of All Saints Basillica, 6280 North Sauganash Ave, Chicago for 10:00 AM mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Association appreciated. Info: 847-581-0536 or www.colonialfuneral.com