25 days of Yankee Numbers: No. 14 Lou Piniella and Bill Skowron
Piniella helped guide the Yankees to two World Series titles
Leading up to Christmas, we're counting down each day with the best players to wear numbers 1-25 for the Yankees. The list includes Hall of Famers, recent stars, title-winning managers and fan favorites that have donned pinstripes over the last 115 years.
Let's continue with No. 14, Lou Piniella and Bill Skowron.
Lou Piniella spent 11 seasons playing for the Yankees, batting .295/.338/.413 and driving in 417 runs. He won two World Series, five division titles and four American League pennants during his Yankee playing days.
Once he retired as a player, Piniella spent time in the Yankees' coaching staff and front office. He was the Yankees' hitting coach after he retired and then managed the team in 1986-87 and took over for Billy Martin after he was fired in 1988. Piniella went 224-193 during his two stints as Yankees manager.
Piniella was traded by the Royals along with Ken Wright to the Yankees ahead of the 1974 season for Lindy McDaniel. He spent his time in right field and at designated hitter, and was a big part of the Yankees core that won titles in 1976 and 1978.
Some of Piniella's best moments were in the postseason. He came up big for the Yankees in Game 4 of the 1977 World Series when he robbed Ron Cey of a home run. During the 1978 AL East tiebreaker game, Piniella kept the ball in front of him despite having the sun in his eyes. This allowed the runner to stay at second base and keep the Red Sox off the board. His RBI groundout in Game 4 of the 1978 and RBI single in the 10th inning led to the Yankees coming from behind and beating the Dodgers.
Piniella also spent time as the Yankees' color analyst in 1989 on MSG Network and an analyst for the YES Network in 2012.
He was also an extremely successful manager with the Reds, Mariners and Cubs. Piniella won the World Series with the Reds during his first season in 1990 and helped guide the Mariners to a record 116 wins during the 2001 season.
Bill "Moose" Skowron is another popular No. 14 who spent nine season with the Yankees, slashing .294/.346/.496 with 165 home runs and 672 RBI. He was an eight-time All-Star and helped guide the Yankees to five World Series titles.
Skowron reached seven World Series with the Yankees, batting .283 with seven home runs and 26 RBI. His RBI single to score Elston Howard in Game 6 of the 1958 World Series proved to be the game-winner. Later in that series, his three-run home run in Game 7 put the game and series out of reach, and gave the Yankees their second championship in three seasons.
He was named to The Sporting News' Major League All-Star team in 1960. He won a World Series with the Dodgers in 1963 and is one of just five players to win back-to-back titles on different teams.