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Two Minor Leaguers Vie for Yankees Shortstop Job

Jan. 2, 1962 - As the world champion New York Yankees look forward to launching another spring-training campaign next month, Manager Ralph Houk finds himself equipped with a well-balanced array of minor league talent. At shortstop, there are two diamond stars in the rough. Houk is banking on one of them to fill the spiked shoes temporarily vacated by the talented Tony Kubek (pictured left), now in the Army. One is Tom Tresh, a switch-hitter. His rival for the shortstop spot is Phil Linz. A promising outfield prospect is Joe Pepitone, who hit .314 in the minor leagues in 1961.

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