Yankees All-Star was 1951's Rookie of the Year

Gil McDougald, 82, the American League Rookie of the Year in 1951 and a versatile member of dominant New York Yankees teams for 10 seasons, died Sunday of cancer at his home in New Jersey, the Yankees announced.

McDougald, who played second base, shortstop and third base, was an All-Star in five seasons for the Yankees. He played on five World Series champions from 1951 to 1960.

Gilbert James McDougald was born May 19, 1928, in San Francisco and signed with the Yankees in 1948.

In 1951, he hit .306 with 14 home runs. He drove in six runs in one inning of a game that season, with a two-run triple and a grand slam against the St. Louis Browns.

In 1955, he was struck on the head by a ball during batting practice and gradually lost hearing in both ears. His hearing was restored in 1995 after surgery to insert a cochlear implant.

McDougald retired after the 1960 season.


Director introduced top Italian stars

Mario Monicelli, 95, who directed some of postwar Italy's most famous films and launched the careers of some of the country's greatest actors, jumped to his death from a Rome hospital window Monday, Italian media said.

He was being treated at Rome's San Giovanni hospital for pancreatic problems, said Anna Scoltore, who heads the hospital's media office. She said he had been admitted a few days ago and that it appeared his condition was terminal.

Monicelli directed such Italian film classics as 1958's "Big Deal on Madonna Street," which starred Marcello Mastroianni; " The Great War" of 1959, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival; "For Love and Gold," and the "My Friends" series with Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret.

He also worked with some of postwar Italy's greatest actors, including Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Vittorio Gassman, Alberto Sordi, Anna Magnani, Claudia Cardinale and Monica Vitti.

Monicelli shared Academy Award nominations for screenwriting for "The Organizer" (1964) and "Casanova '70" (1965).

A native of Tuscany, he made his first short film when he was 19 and made his directorial debut in 1949 by directing the Italian comic genius Toto, a partnership that would help make them both famous.

Monicelli remained active into old age and had cameo appearances in numerous films that he did not direct, including "Under the Tuscan Sun" in 2003.


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