August 14, 2007
Passing of a Gentleman: Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto
I worked at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in the Library from November 1996 to November 1998. I have returned each year to help with the database and computing tasks for the Hospitality Crew for Hall of Fame. We setup in The Otesaga Hotel (the event headquarters for the Hall), and I basically stay there all weekend. It is where I have learned a great deal about service and hospitality.
One year, I believe it was 2004 or 2005, I had a great experience. We have a TV in the suite and it was, as you might imagine, on a Yankees game. Phil Rizzuto and collector Barry Halper came into the suite and sat down to enjoy the game. While I had work to do, I stopped in every so often to see if they needed anything and just to chat about the game. Sitting there with the two of them was the most enjoyable moment I ever had watching the Yankees (more of a Mets man myself). I remember one year he returned early from Induction and I got him tea to drink. He was so appreciative and thankful that it made the rest of the day much easier to manage.
Rizzuto was a class act and a great guy. We'll miss you Phil.
Posted by cseeman at August 14, 2007 11:44 AM