If I am judged by who my Yankees were

The season I was born, then I am an all-star

By association. That 1941 team won the World Series

4 games to 1 against the Brooklyn Dodgers, after

Posting a 101-53 season and finishing 17 games ahead

Of the boys from Beantown. But who were those players

No doubt inspired by my birth? Di Maggio hit in 56 straight

Games that year, a record still standing. He and fellow

Outfielders Heinrich and Keller all hit 30 or more home runs.

The infield had stand-outs Rizzuto, Gordon and Rolfe. The

Catcher was Bill Dickey and the pitchers included Red Ruffing,

Spud Chandler and Lefty Gomez . . . and reliever

Johnny Murphy’s ERA was 1.98. They were led by all-time

Great manager Joe McCarthy. I came along at season’s start

To root them on. They did all the rest!