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Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio
Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio

North Country loses baseball legend

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A North Country baseball legend died last Sunday. Jack Phillips of Potsdam won a World Series ring with the New York Yankees in 1947 when the Yankees beat Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Phillips was a week shy of his 88th birthday. Phillips is also an inaugural member of Clarkson University's athletic hall of fame. Phillips played with the Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Detroit Tigers in 9 major league seasons. He shared the field with the biggest of legends: Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Honus Wagner. In the North Country, he's best known for his role as a coach at Clarkson University for 24 years. He's an inaugural member of Clarkson's athletic hall of fame. In 2004, David Sommerstein stopped by Jack Phillips' home to watch a major league playoff game on TV and talk baseball. Here's that story...

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