Gerry Priddy

An outspoken infielder who gained a reputation as a clubhouse lawyer, Priddy teamed with Phil Rizzuto as a keystone combination (1938-40) in the Yankee farm system but couldn’t oust Joe Gordon once he reached the majors. After criticizing Yankee manager Joe McCarthy for not playing him, he was traded to the Senators in 1943. A smooth, reliable fielder, he had his best seasons with the bat in 1948-49 with the Browns, when he hit .296 and .290. After leaving baseball he tried professional golf. Later he was convicted of attempting to extort $250,000 from a shipping company by placing a bomb on a ship.