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Chuck Knoblauch

Chuck Knoblauch (Baseball.  Born, Houston, TX, July 7, 1968.)  An All-Star second baseman and steady hitter with Minnesota, Edward Charles Knoblauch essentially forced the trade that sent him to the Yankees Feb. 6, 1998, for four players and cash reported as $3 million.  Knoblauch immediately became an enigma in New York.  A lifetime .304 hitter [...]

Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight (College basketball.  Born, Orrville, OH, Oct. 25, 1940.)  While he was to become a basketball coaching legend at Indiana, Robert Montgomery Knight launched his head coaching career at Army (1965-71).  Knight inherited a program that had begun having modest success when, after two seasons as an assistant under Tates Locke, he became head [...]

Arthur Knapp

Arthur Knapp (Sailing.  Born, Bayside, NY, Jan. 5, 1907; died: Greenwich, CT, June 15, 1992.)  For decades before and after World War II, Arthur Knapp, Jr., of the Larchmont Yacht Club was  one of the country’s leading competitors in boats of all sizes and descriptions.  In 1924, he was one of the first winners of [...]

Clyde Kluttz

Clyde Kluttz (Baseball.  Born, Rockwell, NC, Dec. 12, 1917; died, Salisbury, NC, May 12, 1979.)  A journeyman major league catcher, Clyde Franklin Kluttz became known as the scout who signed righthander Catfish Hunter – twice.  Kluttz convinced the Kansas City Athletics to sign Hunter for some $75,000 in June 1964, even though the pitcher had [...]

Bill Klem

Bill Klem (Baseball.  Born, Rochester, NY, Feb. 22, 1874; died, Miami, FL Sept. 1, 1951.)  Considered by most observers the greatest umpire ever, William Joseph Klem once told players waiting for a call, “It ain’t nothing till I call it.”  When he did call it, Klem rarely missed one in an N.L. career that spanned [...]

Willie Klein

Willie Klein (Sports editor.  Born, Newark, NJ, June 24, 1913; died, Edison, NJ, Feb. 26, 2001.)  Willie Klein’s story could perhaps be entitled “local boy makes good.” In the depths of the Depression (1932), Klein joined the staff of one of Newark’s three daily newspapers, The Morning Ledger, and thirty years later had risen to [...]

Moss Klein

Moss Klein (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, July 27, 1950.)  Now deputy sports editor of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Moss H. Klein was the paper’s Yankees beat writer for 17 seasons (1976-92).  Klein went on the beat four years after joining The Star-Ledger and landed in the middle of a tumultuous period of Yankees history.  His [...]

Dave Klein

Dave Klein (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Mar. 10, 1940.)  Three times in six years, David S. Klein had his work chosen as the No. 1 submission to the Best Sports Stories anthology.  Klein was adjudged the winner in the national compendium in 1974 for his coverage of the Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King tennis match in [...]

Joe Klecko

Joe Klecko (Pro football.  Born, Chester, PA, Oct. 15, 1953.)  Despite knee problems that hampered him much of his career, Joseph Klecko was a standout Jets defensive lineman for 11 seasons (1977-87).  A sixth-round draft choice out of Temple, Klecko was the first defensive player ever to make the Pro Bowl at three positions:  defensive [...]

Larry Klecatsky

Larry Klecatsky (Rowing.  Born, St. Paul, MN, Aug. 11, 1941.)  Dr. Lawrence J. Klectsky ranks as one of the finest rowers in New York history but it took an accident of military assignment to bring him to New York.  Klecatsky began rowing in 1957 on the Mississippi River as a member of his South St. [...]

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