Tom Tresh

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Tom Tresh
File:Tom Tresh 1962.png
Tresh in 1962.
Left fielder / Shortstop
Born: (1938-09-20)September 20, 1938
Detroit, Michigan
Died: October 15, 2008(2008-10-15) (aged 70)
Venice, Florida
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1961, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1969, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .245
Home runs 153
Runs batted in 530
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Michael Tresh (September 20, 1938 – October 15, 2008)[1] was a Major League Baseball infielder and outfielder who played for the New York Yankees (1961–69) and Detroit Tigers (1969). Tresh was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was the son of catcher Mike Tresh.


Born in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Allen Park High School, he then attended Central Michigan University. Tresh started his career with the Yankees as a shortstop when Tony Kubek was in military service. On Opening Day of the 1962 season, Tresh was in the Yankees' lineup at shortstop. Not until Derek Jeter in 1996 would another Yankee rookie shortstop gain such a distinction.

In 1962 he won both the MLB Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News Rookie of the Year awards, after hitting .286 (his career-best) with 20 home runs and 93 RBI in 157 games. When Kubek returned during the '62 season, Tresh was moved to left field. Tresh played shortstop, outfield, and third base during his time with the Yankees. In Game 5 of the 1962 World Series, he broke a 2–2 tie with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning off Jack Sanford (who had won 24 games that season), leading to a 5–3 Yankee win and a 3–2 lead in games.

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Tresh's batting averages declined precipitously during his career.

After nine years in New York, he was sent to his hometown of Detroit in midseason 1969. Tresh was released by Detroit after the 1969 season, playing his last major league game at the age of 32.[2]

Tresh hit 114 home runs from 1962 to 1966, with a career-high 27 in 1966, and made the American League All-Star team in 1962-63. A Gold Glove winner in 1965, he also homered from each side of the plate in three games, including a doubleheader in that season in which he hit four home runs, three of them in the second game. In a nine-season career, Tresh was a .245 hitter with 153 home runs and 530 RBI in 1192 games.

Following his playing career, Tresh returned to his alma mater, Central Michigan University. where he worked as an assistant placement director for many years. He helped to invent the Slide-Rite, a training tool to teach sliding and diving skills for baseball, softball, football and soccer.

Tresh died of a heart attack at his Venice, Florida home on October 15, 2008.

See also


  1. Goldstein, Richard (2008-10-17). "Tom Tresh, a Two-Time Yankees All-Star, Dies at 70". New York Times. pp. A22<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Tom Tresh". Retrosheet. Retrieved December 19, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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