Years spent eight years playing in the big leagues, breaking in with the New York Giants in 1947 and finishing with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954. A catcher, Yvars was never a starter and did not ever play in more than 66 games in one season. That season was 1952, and it turned out to be the best year of his career. He hit .245 in 1952 with four home runs, 18 RBIs and 15 runs scored. In 210 career games he posted a .244 average with 10 home runs.
Yvars and the Giants advanced to the 1951 World Series following Bobby Thomson‘s “Shot Heard Round the World” home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers. They met the New York Yankees there, eventually losing in six games. Yvars appeared in one game of the series, going hitless in one at bat.
He is the Giant who supposedly relayed stolen signs to his teammates during their playoff series with the Dodgers in 1951.
Yvars died in Valhalla, New York on December 10, 2008.
Sal Yvars – career stats