By then, the New York sports journalists sitting on the Yankee bus had submitted stories about the episode, and The Associated Press had distributed their report to newspapers across the country.
Two weeks later, Hohner, the company that made the offending harmonica, offered Linz $ 10,000 in support of its brand. Linz gladly accepted.
Linz’s son Philip said he died Wednesday at a rehabilitation center in Leesburg, Virginia, where he was being treated for Parkinson’s and dementia. He was 81 years old.
After the harmonica incident, the Yankees set a 22-6 record in September. Their pitching was underpinned by the arrival of Mel Stottlemyre, who went 9-3 after being drafted by the minors in August, as well as Whitey Ford’s recovery from an injured heel and taking over the Cleveland Indians’ Pedro Ramos in September the eighth Parades were credited.
With a rotation that included Jim Bouton and Al Downing, the Yankees won the American League pennant and finished a game ahead of the White Sox.
Linz, who this season often played shortstop instead of Tony Kubek, who was restricted by back and neck injuries and then sprained a wrist, started every game in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit two home runs, one from the intimidating Bob Gibson, but the Yankees lost to the cards in seven games.
Berra, the longtime Yankee catcher who was a future Hall of Famer and a popular figure in the baseball world, was fired from manager the day after the series ended and replaced by the Cardinals manager Johnny Keane. Ralph Houk, the general manager of the Yankees, gave no reason for the breathtaking steps. (The Yankees who are in a lean time wouldn’t appear in any other World Series for 12 years.)