The final resting place of San Francisco native and baseball Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri, who was born 109 years ago today (Dec. 6, 1903), is in El Cerrito.
Lazzeri attended Galileo High School, then played minor league baseball from 1922-25, when his contract was purchased by the New York Yankees after he hit 60 home runs in 197 games for Salt Lake City in 1925.
Lazzeri debuted with the Yankees in 1926 and became part of the team’s famous lineup — alongside Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig — dubbed “Murderer’s Row” by sportswriters of the day.
He went on to a standout 13-year major league career, then returned to the Bay Area to play for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.
Lazzeri died in 1946 at age 42 from injuries after he suffered an epileptic seizure and his remains are now at Sunset Mausoleum in El Cerrito. The Find-A-Grave website has a picture of the memorial site, but mistakenly says it is at the neighboring Sunset View Cemetery.
Lazzeri played in six World Series with the Yankees and one with the Chicago Cubs.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1991.