Linz spent seven seasons as a utility infielder in the majors, playing for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets from 1962-1968. In 519 games, he hit .235 with 11 home runs. He played in 112 games for the Yankees in 1964, a season that would go down as his most productive at the plate. Linz his .250 that year while setting career marks in home runs (5), RBIs (25), runs scored (63) and doubles (21). He played in 99 games for New York the next year, but his batting average plummeted to .207 and he was traded to the Phillies for Ruben Amaro that fall.
Linz played in the World Series twice as a Yankee. He appeared in three games in the 1963 series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and had one hit in three at bats. Because of an injury to Tony Kubek, Linz was the team’s starting shortstop in the 1964 series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .226 with two home runs in seven games that year. His first home run was in Game 2 and it came off Barney Schultz in the ninth inning. He hit his second home run in the ninth inning of Game 7 off Bob Gibson. Unfortunately for Linz, the Yankees lost both times.
It is interesting Linz twice mentions Yogi Berra on his survey as the pair were involved in the infamous “Harmonica Incident” detailed in Jim Bouton’s book Ball Four. You can read more about that here.
Phil Linz – career stats