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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 207 of 1043 players
Philip Francis Linz
Born: June 4, 1939 at Baltimore, Md.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 180

Phil Linz was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 23, 2011, and August 14, 2012.

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First Mets game: July 13, 1967
Last Mets game: September 29, 1968

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Mr. Sparkle
I worked with Phil in the mid 90's. He's a great guy. He had something nice to say about everyone in baseball. He liked everyone. He told me Jerry Koosman was a particularly good guy. Phil decided to retire after the 68 season because he was making more money at the bars he owned. Bad move Phil.

An average ballplayer but a horrible harmonica player. Just ask Yogi.

February 1, 2004
He was regarded highly enough by the Yankees to compete with Tom Tresh for Tony Kubek's SS job in '62. Tresh won the job and had a much better career, but I don't think he lasted much longer in the bigs than Linz. All I remember about Linz' big league career was the harmonica incident with Yogi. Wasn't Mr. Laff's (Linz' bar) a big money-maker in the Upper East Side heyday of the late '60s early '70s?

rich edwards
February 17, 2004
My memory of Phil Linz is listening on radio around 1966 and him grounding into a triple play, started by Richie Allen, against the Phillies.

Mr. Sparkle
February 28, 2004
I worked with Phil back in the mid 90's and he was one of the nicest people I've ever met. He was more proud of his days in the Bronx and his harmonica story but still had a good time as a Met.

I tried to get some dirt from him on other players but he said that he truly liked everyone he ever played with. He did say however that Mickey Mantle was not talking to him because Mickey did not like to give autographs unless he got paid for them and Phil wanted Mickey's autograph to give to his son. Phil would ask several times but Mickey wouldn't give him one. So Phil decided that during an old timers game he would take a picture with him on the field and Mickey would have no choice but to sign. Mickey signed the picture, gave Phil a nasty stare and never talked to him again. But Phil still liked the guy!

Phil knew I hated the Yankees but didn't mind that I only really wanted to know about the Mets. He was great at opening doors into new accounts and had a great deal of name recognition in the Bronx. I heard he was doing Brooklyn Cyclone games on the radio last year. I also see his name on any sports celebrity gathering in the city so it's good to see that he is still active. I heard his name today from a customer so I had to write about him. It was great working with him, although he couldn't drive a car to save his life.

Bob Inzerillo
December 2, 2005
I remember my father telling me the story about Phil Linz, Yogi Berra, and the famous harmonica incident when Linz played for the Yankees and Berra was the manager. Great story. But what I found out later was Phil Linz is a great guy. My son broke his collarbone in 2001 when he was 12. He was diving for a ground ball at Firemen's Field in Valley Stream on the first day of summer vacation, and was completely unable to do anything until September. One of the parents of a kid on the team knew Phil Linz and asked if a call from former Met and Yankee Phil Linz would cheer my son up.

I knew who Linz was, my son didn't, but he was a major leaguer, so I said sure. Well, Linz called my house, spent 20 minutes on the phone with my son, telling him stories about his playing days. At one point, my son had said to him, "I heard the story about you playing the harmonica on the Yankees bus," and Linz went on telling him the story in depth. Then he got on the phone with me for another half hour! I said I hope that wasn't a sore spot when he mentioned the harmonica story, and Linz said, are you kidding, I LOVE talking about that.

Topps 1968 Phil Linz
He later sent my son an autographed picture, two of his baseball cards, and a picture of him with Yogi holding the harmonica. It was great, and my son proudly has the pictures on the wall in his room. Nick Ventimiglia was right, Phil Linz is a great guy.

Joe Figliola
December 21, 2007
He had a great portrait on his 1968 Topps baseball card, his only Mets appearance. I also know that they called him "Supersub." Hmmm... I wonder if he had not retired, then would he have been the Rod Gaspar of the '69 Mets?

Michael Angione
November 18, 2009
Phil is a good friend of mine and is probably one of the nicest people you would want to meet. Always has a nice thing to say about the people he knows. I myself played some pro ball. (Minnesota Twins) and was signed by Herb Stein, legendary scout who inked Rod Carew and Frank Viola, so Phil and I have a little in common. I met Phil some 18 years ago, and we stay in touch. He and his wife Lynn live in Connecticut and we get together on occasion.

He told me the time he got a hole in one at the Oak Hills golf course in Norwalk, Ct. The yardage to the pin was 235 yards. He laughed and said that was his lifetime batting average. He used to room with Mickey Mantle on road trips, as Mickey liked him due to the fact Phil did not have a big mouth. Like I said, he is a real good guy, who is liked by all that come in contact with him.

Sally Anne
January 4, 2013
I remember Phil when he owned/worked "CoatTails" in New York City I was a young female at the time and he made sure that no harm came to me. I was a waitress from Australia. He treated me so well. I respected him and to this day I often think of the kindness he showed me. He was well liked and his laid back professional approach made it a pleasure to be around him. Thanks Phil.

Rod Murch
August 11, 2015
I ran into Phil a couple of times at breakfast at the Stadium Motor Lodge and we had nice chats. He was a very approachable ballplayer, friendly and open where some preferred to be left alone.

A fan had leaned over the railing and the day before and came close to falling over. I curiously asked if he knew if anyone had ever fallen out of the upper deck and dryly he said "I think at last count it was 17". My mouth I am sure gaped open and said really, then he smiled and said he was only kidding. He went on to tell that he and Tracy Stallard were renting Julie Newmar's apartment for the summer. We talked baseball and he seemed interested in what I did other than go to Yankee games anytime I got a chance.

I also had times I ran into him at Clete Boyer's Lounge at the Stadium Motor Lodge where I stayed during the 1964 summer. This was a great summer in my life as I saw a huge number of Yankee games.

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