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Len Koenecke

Len Koenecke (Baseball. Born, Baraboo, WI, Jan. 18, 1904; died, Toronto, Ont., Sept. 17, 1935.) A prolific hitter as a minor league outfielder, Leonard George Koenecke lost the war with booze and a battle with a fire extinguisher. A lefthanded hitter, Koenecke hit .343, .389, and .397 with his first three minor league clubs (1927-28). [...]

Mark Koenig

Mark Koenig (Baseball. Born, San Francisco, CA, July 19, 1902; died, Willows, CA, Apr. 22, 1993.) Noted as the shortstop for the 1927 “Murderers Row” Yankees, Mark Anthony Koenig played in three World Series (1926-28) with the Yankees, but also played against them in two Series. Koenig was a better hitter than a fielder as [...]

Jack Kofoed

Jack Kofoed (Sportswriter. Born, Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 17, 1894; died, Miami, FL, Dec. 27, 1979.) Starting in his native Philadelphia with the Public Ledger at age 17, John Kofoed came to New York in 1923 to join the Evening Telegram. Kofoed became a sports columnist at the Evening Post (1924-33), where he built a substantial [...]

Hannes Kolehmainen

Hannes Kolehmainen (Track. Born, Kuipio, Finland, Dec. 9, 1899; died, Helsinki, Finland, Jan. 11, 1966.) Having won three gold medals in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Hannes Kolehmainen became one of the first famed foreign athletes to venture to New York for the indoor track season. Kolehmainen swept all before him in a time when [...]

Howard Komives

Howard Komives (Pro basketball. Born, Toledo, OH, May 9, 1941; died, Toledo, OH, Mar. 22, 2009.) A lefty-shooting guard who, at Bowling Green in 1963-64, led the nation’s collegians in scoring as a senior (36.7 points per game), Howard Komives was the Knicks’ third draft choice in 1964, after Jim Barnes and Willis Reed. Komives, [...]

Ed Konetchy

Ed Konetchy (Baseball. Born, LaCrosse, WI, Sept. 3, 1885; died, Fort Worth, TX, May 27, 1947.) The first baseman for Brooklyn’s 1920 N.L.champions, Edward Joseph Konetchy had a long career before he joined the Dodgers, starting in 1907. In 1919, he came to Brooklyn from the Boston Braves and hit .308 for the 1920 pennant [...]

Jerry Koosman

Jerry Koosman (Baseball. Born, Appleton, Minn., Dec. 23, 1943.) The primary lefthanded starter on two Mets pennant winners, Jerry Martin Koosman was both a 20-game winner and 20-game loser (in successive seasons) in his 12 seasons with the team. Koosman was a durable pitcher who made 30 or more starts all but one of those [...]

Leonard Koppett

Leonard Koppett (Sportswriter. Born, Moscow, U.S.S.R., Sept. 15, 1923; died, San Francisco, CA, June 22, 2003.) The first sportswriter to subject the games themselves to analytical scrutiny and intellectual father of the basketball play-by-play, Leonard Koppett wrote for three major New York dailies for nearly four decades. A Columbia graduate, Koppett brought his analytical approach to, [...]

Walter Koppisch

Walter Koppisch (College football. Born, Pennington, NY, June 6, 1901; died, New York, NY, Nov. 5, 1953.) Ranked among the major names in New York sports in the 1920s, Walter Frederick Koppisch is the only three-time captain in Columbia football history. Koppisch first came to notice in 1921 as a freshman, scoring six touchdowns for [...]

Dave Koslo

Dave Koslo (Baseball. Born, Menasha, WI, Mar. 31, 1920; died, Menasha, WI, Dec. 1, 1975.) Born George Bernard Koslowski, Dave Koslo was a lefthander whose 10 years with the Giants were interrupted by military service in World War II. Koslo came to the Giants in 1941 and was 4-8 before entering the service in 1943. [...]

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