October 16, 1895|
New Rochelle, New York
|Died: December 25, 1976
Bronxville, New York
|May 17, 1921, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1926, for the New York Yankees|
|Runs batted in||11|
William Franklin Skiff (October 16, 1895 – December 25, 1976) was an American professional baseball player, manager and scout. Although he appeared only briefly in Major League Baseball in 22 total games as a catcher and pinch hitter for the 1921 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1926 New York Yankees, he had a long career in the minor leagues: 19 seasons as a player or player-manager, and another 14 as a manager.
Born in New Rochelle, New York, the 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), 170 lb (77 kg) Skiff batted and threw right-handed. During his two big-league stints, he hit .250 in 56 at bats. His 14 hits included two doubles. His minor league career extended from 1916–31 and 1933–51. As a manager he piloted the top-level Seattle Rainiers, Newark Bears and Kansas City Blues. He served the Yankees' organization for many years as a minor league skipper and scout.
Skiff died at age 81 in Bronxville, New York.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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