Yaz OK After Triple Bypass

By Jess Kilby,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 8:00 PM CDT
Yaz OK After Triple Bypass
Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski waves before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 1 of the 2007 World Series between the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski underwent heart bypass surgery today after going to the hospital for chest pains, reports the Boston Herald. The beloved Yaz, who turns 69 on Friday, had a triple bypass and "everything's fine," said spokesman at Mass General. "The operation was a success."

Yaz, an 18-time All-Star, is the last player to hit for the Triple Crown, a feat he accomplished during the pennant-winning "Impossible Dream" season of 1967. The sports legend began his stint with the Red Sox in 1961, taking over left field for Ted Williams. He retired in 1983 and was elected to the Hall of Fame six years later on the first ballot.
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