He had a funny name, he played for a small market team, he wasn't a gold glover, or a flashy center fielder like the three giants of New York baseball: Mantle, Mays, and Snider.
But he brought his team to the World Series in 1965 when they played the Dodgers to whom I was still loyal. .
He led or tied A.L. hitters in home runs six times and hit 40 or more homers in eight seasons. He drove in 100 or more runs nine times. He won the A.L. most valuable player award in 1969, when he led the league in homers with 49, tying his single-season high, and in runs batted in with 140, his career best. The picture tells the story. The Times obituary recites the rest.