Serving primarily as Yogi Berra’s backup, Silvera was part of six World Series winning teams during his decade in the major leagues. He came up with the New York Yankees in 1948, appearing in four games. He was up for good in 1949, a year that saw him play in the most games in a season he would ever appear in. He saw action in 58 games that year for New York, hitting .315 with 13 RBI. It was also the only year he got into a World Series game. He had two at bats in Game 2 of the Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, but failed to get a hit. The Yankees, however, won the Series in five games.
Silvera saw action in just 18 games in both 1950 and 1951, but the Yankees won the Series both years. The same was true of 1952 when Silvera got into 20 games and 1953 when he played in 42. Silvera remained with New York though the 1956 season which saw the Yankees win the World Series yet again. He went to the Chicago Cubs in 1957, hitting .208 in 26 games. It was his final year in the big leagues. While Silvera did not play much, he typically made the most of his opportunities. He hit .282 for his career, although his average showed a steep decline in the final three years he played.
Silvera is one of the players who I have two surveys from. Here is the first one, from around 2007.
This is the second, which he sent to me in 2015.
As you can see, not much changed. It is amazing to think of all the famous Yankees he shared a locker room with. It is even more amazing to consider the fact that he was roommates with six Hall of Famers! I wish he would have listed them. If you take a look at the Yankees’ rosters from when he played there were certainly plenty to choose from.
Following his year with the Cubs, Silvera went back to the Yankee organization as a player/manager in the minor leagues. He later worked as a scout for the Washington Senators and was Billy Martin’s bullpen coach when Martin managed the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers.
Charlie Silvera – career stats