RIP Gil McDougald and Leslie Nielsen

I know I’m late with the news, but former Yankee infielder Gil McDougald passed away, as well as funny-man Leslie Nielson.

Gil McDougald might be the most unappreciated Yankee of all-time. He posted a 3+ fWAR in nine of his ten career seasons, and had a 5.7 WAR/700. Had he not retired early at the age of 32, he arguably might have played long enough to be a worthy Hall of Famer. He played second, third, AND short and fielded each position superbly. It’s a shame it took his death for him to get any recognition at all from the baseball world. But he seemed like the type of man who wanted it that way.

As for Nielson, unless you lived in a cave you are aware of his cinema legacy. The Naked Gun is one of my favorite comedies of all-time and Airplane wasn’t so bad either. It’s a sad day/week for baseball and movie fans alike.

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