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An Rookie of the Year and four-time All-Star, Kubek anchored the infield on champion Yankees teams in the late 1950s and 1960s. He reached the World Series six times, and his best-known moment in October came in Game 7 in 1960, when Bill Virdon's bad-hop grounder struck Kubek in the throat, keying a late Pittsburgh rally.
Kubek retired after the 1965 season and joined the NBC booth that year. After working the weekly backup games for three seasons, he was promoted to the main game in 1969. Over the years, he paired with play-by-play partners Jim Simpson, Curt Gowdy, Joe Garagiola and Bob Costas.
Kubek did local broadcasts for the Blue Jays from 1977-89 and called Yankees' game from 1990-94.
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