Two New Jersey legislators are among the New Jerseyans who are mourning the death of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto, who passed away today at age 89. Rizzuto was a longtime resident of Hillside.
"We will all miss the "scooter". He was a 'gentle man', and a great ambassador not only for the sport he loved but for his home State of New Jersey," said Brooklyn-born Assemblyman Joseph Pennacchio, who was a lifetime Yankee fan. "He excelled at everything he did and managed to do it with 'class'. Whether it was on the baseball field, in the broadcast booth, or serving his Country in WWII. My sincerest sympathy goes out to his family, and the millions of fans who mourn his passing."
"Growing up as a Yankee fan while listening to Phil Rizzuto made every game more interesting and funny," said State Sen. Joseph Vitale. "Even during those years when the team dwelled at the bottom of the standings."