On January 25, 1966, New York Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek announces his retirement due to a serious back problem, he was recently diagnosed with three crushed vertebrae as a result of a childhood injury, infielder announces his retirement rather than risk further harm to his back.

During a nine-year career, Kubek was named to three American League All-Star teams and played on seven Yankee pennant winners and three World Championship ballclubs.

During the last game of the season, the nine-year veteran had gone 3-for-4 at Fenway Park, including a home run in the ninth inning, which will now be remembered as the 29 year-old infielder’s final big league at-bat.

 

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