The Valhalla home of Salvador Anthony Yvars is on the market for $679,000.
While the house – a split-level residence offering 2,264 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a stone fireplace and two-car garage – isn’t totally extraordinary, Yvars’ backstory is.
Yvars, a reserve catcher for the Giants from 1947 to 1953, is best known for taking part in, and later revealing, an intricate sign-stealing scheme. The scheme involved members of the Giants organization using a telescope to spy on the opposing catchers’ signs made with their fingers. A team electrician would activate a buzzer in the Giants’ bullpen to signify different pitches, and Yvars would listen for the buzzes from the bullpen. Before each pitch, the Giants’ batters would look at Yvars for a signal, according to New York Times obituary written about Yvars.
He retired the following year with the Cardinals. Yvars died in 2008 at the age of 84.
Surrounded by lush gardens, 1 Allen Street was built in 1954, was owned by Yvars. Yvars was a reserve catcher for the New York Giants from 1947 through 1953, and later joined the St. Louis Cardinals playing with that team until 1954.
“This home is set on a corner lot that features beautiful gardens and offers privacy. A highlight of the property is the lovely covered patio, which is ideal for entertaining particularly in the spring and summer,” said Jo-Ann Reilly, an associate broker with Coldwell Banker’s Briarcliff/Pleasantville office, located at 127 Woodside Ave. She can be reached at (914) 762-7010