The Home of an Unlikely Baseball Immortal

At Colwell Banker Real Estate we like to say that every home has a story. And we believe that when selling a home, Coldwell Banker agents have a unique opportunity to share that story and allow potential buyers to emotionally bond with a home.

At Colwell Banker Real Estate we like to say that every home has a story.  And we believe that when selling a home, Coldwell Banker agents have a unique opportunity to share that story and allow potential buyers to emotionally bond with a home.

Well today, Jo-Ann Reilly of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Briarcliff Manor, NY, has a great story to tell about her most recent listing at 1 Allen Street in Valhalla, NY.

The home, which was built in 1954 by former major league baseball catcher, the late Sal Yvars, who gained more fame 40 years after his playing career ended than he did from the 210 games he played with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

In Pennant Races, the 1994 book by the New York Times’ Dave Anderson, Yvars admitted to playing a role in an intricate 1951 sign stealing process that ultimately culminated in the famous Bobby Thompson “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” home run that beat the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“I’m working with Mr. Yvars’ children in selling the home and learned a lot about his career from his son David,” Jo-Ann told me.  “When I first toured the house with David, I saw some of the great baseball memorabilia and even noticed the ‘SY’ in the wrought iron railings outside.  I’m not a baseball fan, but my 94-year-old father-in-law knows all about the Giants and was excited I had the listing.  It is a beautiful corner lot and well maintained, but the fact that it has such a wonderful history makes it unique.”

David Siroty has been with Coldwell Banker Real Estate since 2004 and is responsible for all U.S. and Canadian external and internal communications, along with social media and cause marketing activities. In his role as VP of North American Communications, he is responsible for promoting the Coldwell Banker brand to media, staff and affiliated companies.

He was honored by PR News in their PR People Awards as the 2010 Lemonade Maker for his work in promoting the Coldwell Banker brand despite the challenging real estate market. He has worked in public relations for nearly 30 years in the sports, TV, agency and higher education industries. He also taught public relations for several years and is the author of a 2002 baseball book The Hit Men and the Kid Who Batted Ninth.

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