An outspoken infielder who gained a reputation as a clubhouse lawyer, Priddy teamed
with Phil Rizzuto as a keystone combination (1938-40) in the Yankee farm system but
couldn't oust Joe Gordon once he reached the majors. After criticizing Yankee manager
Joe McCarthy for not playing him, he was traded to the Senators in 1943. A smooth,
reliable fielder, he had his best seasons with the bat in 1948-49 with the Browns,
when he hit .296 and .290. After leaving baseball he tried professional golf. Later
he was convicted of attempting to extort $250,000 from a shipping company by placing
a bomb on a ship.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 16, 1941: The Yankees bench Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Priddy, putting back Joe Gordon and Frankie Crosetti. New York then rally in the 9th to beat the White Sox, 5–4.
»January 29, 1943: The Yankees trade 2B Jerry Priddy and minor leaguer Milo Candini to the Washington Senators for righty Bill Zuber and cash. Zuber, classified 4-F in the draft, will not have a winning season in New York, while Candini will go 117 this year.
»December 1, 1949: Attendance in the ML is 20.2 million, down from 20.9 in 1948. The Yankees and the Indians each finish with over 2.2 million, but the Browns fall to 270,000. The Browns will try to cover their light attendance with $200,000 obtained in cash in December sales of Bob Dillinger, Gerry Priddy, and Paul Lehner. The Browns get five players in the transactions.
»May 20, 1950:
The Tigers 2B Jerry Priddy starts a record five DPs in the first five innings to lead the Tigers to a 5–3 win over the A's. Shortstop Johnny Lipon participates in all the DPs.
»June 23, 1950: Eleven home runs—a ML record—drive in all the runs scored in a 10–9 Tiger win over the Yankees before 51,000 Detroit fans. Detroit has four home runs in the 4th inning as Dizzy Trout, Gerry Priddy, Vic Wertz, and Hoot Evers connect. Pitcher Dizzy Trout's home run, off Tommy Byrne, is his 2nd lifetime grand slam. Hoot Evers hits another home run, an inside-the-park 2-run game winner in the 9th off Joe Page to win it. For New York, Hank Bauer connects for two homers, including one in the 4th inning. Joe DiMaggio, Jerry Coleman, Yogi Berra, and pinch hitter Tommy Henrich also belt round trippers. It is the first time that nine different players connect for homers in a game.