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Mel Triplett

(Pro football.  Born, Indianola, MS, Dec. 24, 1930; died, Toledo, OH, July 2, 2002.)  A high school football, basketball, track and field, and gymnastics star, Melvin Christopher Triplett chose to attend the University of Toledo after receiving twenty-six scholarship offers to play football.  After his graduation, the Giants made him the 56th overall pick in […]

Ann Probert

(Golf.  Born, West Orange, NJ, Dec. 31, 1938.)   Ann Linen Probert grew up around the game of golf, as she lived just a short distance from the 18th hole of the Rock Springs Country Club in West Orange. While working towards her bachelor’s degree at Smith College, in Northampton, MA, she won the 1956 […]

Mickey Shuler

(Pro football. Born, Harrisburg, PA, Aug. 21, 1956.)  Earning varsity letters in football, basketball, and track at East Pennsboro H.S. in Enola, PA, Mickey Charles Shuler, Sr., was recruited by legendary college basketball coaches Dean Smith and Bobby Knight.  However, after receiving First Team All-State honors following a senior season in which, as a tight […]

Bill Mazer

(Broadcasting. Born, Izyaslav, Ukraine, Nov. 2, 1920; died, Danbury, CT, Oct. 23, 2013.)  An American radio and later television broadcaster noted for his knowledge of sports trivia, and an early sports talk show host, Morris (later known as Bill) Mazer came to his love of sports young.  His family moved from Bill’s native Ukraine to […]

Serena Williams

(Tennis. Born, Saginaw, MI, Sept. 26 1981.)  Arguably both the greatest player in the history of women’s tennis and one-half of the most accomplished sibling combination in sports history,  Serena Jameka Williams – 15 months younger than sister Venus – began playing tennis at the age of three and professional tennis by 14. As a sixteen-year-old […]

Bill Torrey

(Hockey. Born, Montreal, PQ, June 23, 1932.)  A hockey executive, William Arthur Torrey played a leading role in constructing one the most successful  dynasties in New York sports history. After graduating from St. Lawrence University, Torrey worked for the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets. He then became vice president of the NHL’s year-old Oakland Seals before the […]

Buck Showalter

(Baseball.  Born, DeFuniak Springs, FL, May 23, 1956.)  Generally acknowledged today as a top major league manager, William Nathaniel Showalter, III, began his career as a player in the Yankees farm system in 1977. Buck (so nicknamed because he would walk around minor league clubhouses naked) played in the minors for seven seasons.  His first […]

Howie Rose

(Broadcasting. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 13, 1954.)  Howard Rose has been a New York area announcer for over 40 years.  Rose began his broadcasting career in 1975 with SportsPhone, an organization that callers dialed to get updated sports scores at a time when it was otherwise close to impossible to get them.  He soon began […]

Speedy Claxton

(College basketball.  Born, Hempstead, NY, May 8, 1978.)  After dominating opponents at Christ the King H.S. in Middle Village, NY, Craig “Speedy” Claxton continued his career close to home by playing college basketball at Hofstra.  With the Flying Dutchmen, Claxton, only 5’11”, was a two-time America East Conference Player of the Year.  In his senior […]

Ray Barbuti

(Track and field and college football. Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 12, 1905; died, Pittsfield, MA, July 8, 1988.)  A football star, Olympian, armed services veteran, and long-time college football referee, Raymond James Barbuti first gained attention playing fullback at Lawrence High School on Long Island. He scored eight touchdowns in a game to set New […]

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