Phil Linz is a former backup infielder in Major League Baseball. From 1962 through 1968, Linz played for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Mets.
In a seven-season career, Linz posted a .235 batting average with 11 home runs and 96 RBI in 519 games played. After shortstop Tony Kubek was sidelined with a back injury that eventually ended his career, Linz started at shortstop during the 1964 World Series.
Through Jim Bouton’s book ?Ball Four?, Linz may be best known for the so-called “Harmonica Incident,” which led to the firing of then Yankee manager Yogi Berra in 1964. After Berra’s repeated requests to Linz to stop playing his harmonica on a team bus trip, Berra slapped the harmonica from Linz’s hands, leading team management to determine that Berra had lost control of the team and the respect of the players. Berra would be fired at the end of the season despite the Yankees having won the pennant that year.