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William Joseph "Moose" Skowron Jr. (born December 18, 1930) is a former Major League Baseball player, primarily a first baseman. He is currently a Community Relations Representative for the White Sox.

Skowron was born in Chicago, Illinoismarker, and is of Polishmarker descent. His father was a garbage collector. After his grandfather gave the seven year old Skowron a haircut that looked like the dictator's and his friends jokingly called him "Mussolini", his family shortened the nickname to "Moose." The name stuck throughout his career.

"Moose" attended Weber High School on the intersection of Division and Ashland in Chicago. He went to Purdue Universitymarker on a football scholarship, but found himself better suited to baseball when he hit .500 as a sophomore, a record in the Big Ten Conference that lasted ten years.

Signed by the New York Yankees in as an amateur free agent, he played his first game for the Yankees on April 13, . He wore uniform number 53 in the 1954 season, but switched to #14 in and stayed with that number for the rest of his years with the Yankees. In the beginning, he was platooned at first base with Joe Collins, but from on he became the Yankees' full time first baseman. He played in five All-Star Games as a Yankee: , , , , and .

On November 26, he was traded by the Yankees to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Stan Williams. He kept his Yankee uniform number, 14, on the Dodgers. Although Skowron floundered against National League pitching, batting just .203 in 237 at bats with four home runs, he stunned his former team in the 1963 World Series. Playing against his old Yankee teammates, Skowron led the Dodgers with a .385 average and a home run, as Los Angeles swept New York in four straight games.

On December 6, he returned to the American League when was purchased from the Dodgers by the Washington Senators (currently the Texas Rangers). The Senators gave him uniform number three.

On July 13, he was traded by the Senators to the Chicago White Sox. He took uniform number five on the Sox at first, but with the season went back to his old uniform number on the Yankees and Dodgers, 14. In he once more got to play in the All-Star Game.

On May 6, he was traded by the White Sox to the California Angels. He kept his uniform number 14 on the Angels.

He was released by the Angels on October 9, .

He played in a total of 1478 games, all but 15 as a first baseman. (He was in 13 games as a third baseman and two as a second baseman.)

Skowron made the last out of the 1957 World Series, but the following year knocked in the winning run in game six of the 1958 World Series. Skowron also hit a 3-run home run in game seven to propel the Yankees to a World Series win, and a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

During his time with the Yankees, he resided in Hillsdale, New Jerseymarker.

On June 12, 1980 he was inducted into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame, and currently resides in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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