A six-time all star, McDougald won five World Series as a member of the New York Yankees from 1951-1960. The solid second baseman came up with New York in 1951 and immediately made his presence felt. McDougald hit .306 with 14 home runs as a rookie, walking away with American League Rookie of the Year honors, and finishing ninth in the MVP vote, in the process. His performance was the start of a remarkable 10-year run for McDougald who made the All-Star Team in 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959. He also received MVP votes every year from 1955-1958. During his 10-year career, McDougald saw action in eight World Series, playing in the Fall Classic every year except 1954 and 1959. His Yankee teams won five of those. McDougald was particularly good in the 1958 series, hitting .321 with two home runs to help New York defeat Hank Aaron and the Milwaukee Braves. A career .276 hitter, McDougald saw his average begin to drop starting in 1958 and, despite being the Yankees starting second baseman in 1960, opted to retire at the end of that season. Following his playing career, Mcdougald was the head baseball coach at Fordham University. He died in Wall Township, New Jersey on November 28, 2010.
Gil McDougald – career stats