Jun 2, 2017
Mid Sixties Mets Player Famous for "The Harmonica Incident" With Yogi Berra: Phil Linz (1967-1968)
Linz came up to the majors in 1962 batting .287 with 8 doubles & six steals in 71 games. He didn’t play in that year’s World Series, but got a chance to see action in the next two World Series while on the losing end.
In the 1964 Series he replaced the injured Tony Kubek at short stop, getting to bat in the leadoff spot. He went 7-21 with two solo HRs in the Series, one coming off St. Louis’ Bob Gibson in the 9th inning of Game #7. Ironically Linz only hit 11 HRs in his entire seven year career spanning 519 games.
Linz remained a utility player, never hitting like he did in the minors again. After four seasons in the AL, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in November of 1965 for Ruben Amaro. His batting average dropped to the lower .200’s through the years & in July of 1967 he was traded to the New York Mets for Chuck Hiller.
There he was reunited with his former manager Yogi Berra, who was now a Mets Coach. Linz played in 24 games as a reserve infielder in 1967 batting .207.
Retirement: After baseball he owned a nightclub & was been a long time Vice President of a title insurance company in New York.