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Lee Magee


Lee Magee (Baseball. Born, Cincinnati, OH, June 4, 1889; died, Columbus, OH, Mar. 14, 1966.) Born Leopold Christopher Hoernschemeyer, Magee had a long and varied career in baseball, which included managing the Federal League club in Brooklyn in 1915. Magee was 53-64 before being replaced by John Ganzel. A playing manager, he was primarily a second baseman with the Tip Tops but returned to the outfield (his original position) in 1916 and 1917 when he played for the Yankees (182 games), batting .257 in 1916 and .220 in 1917. Magee was traded to the St. Louis Browns but returned to Brooklyn for 45 games with the Dodgers (as they were to become) in 1919.

Norm Mager


Norm Mager (College basketball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 23, 1926; died, Boynton Beach, FL, Mar. 17, 2005.) In the final minute of his college career, Norman Clifford Mager scored two crucial baskets to help City College win the N.C.A.A. championship. On Mar. 28, 1950, at the Garden, Mager scored 14 points, including those two late baskets, as the Beavers edged Bradley, 71-68, to complete a never-duplicated sweep of post-season college basketball. Ten days earlier, C.C.N.Y. had beaten Bradley, 69-61, to win the N.I.T. Mager had played at Lafayette H.S., St. John’s as a freshman (on the 1943-44 N.I.T. champions), and then for two years in the Army Air Corps before making the Beavers varsity. He played 17 games in 1947-48 and became a regular (25 games, 7.4 points per game) in 1948-49. At 6’5”, 185 pounds, Mager was a defensive presence and a key rebounder for the 24-5 Beavers of 1949-50. He, however, was implicated in the point-shaving scandal that engulfed college basketball in 1951

George Magerkurth


George Magerkurth (Baseball. Born, McPherson, KS, Dec. 30, 1888; died, Rock Island, IL, Oct. 7, 1966.) Two incidents stand out in the memory of New York fans about the 19-year career of N.L. umpire George Levi Magerkurth. Thanks to a Daily News photo, the one most fans recall is his being attacked Sept. 16, 1940, at Ebbets Field. A parolee named Frank Gernano hopped from the stands after a 10-inning victory by Cincinnati over the Dodgers and jumped the home plate umpire. The pair rolled on the ground briefly before Gernano was apprehended and returned to jail on a parole violation. Years later, it was suggested that Gernano was creating a distraction for a confederate who was picking the pockets of startled onlookers. A year earlier, July 15, 1939, Magerkurth became embroiled in another incident involving Cincinnati, this time at the Polo Grounds. Home plate umpire Lee Ballanfant called a drive by the Reds’ Harry Craft fair when it appeared not to be. The homer blew open a tie game eventually won by Cincinnati, 8-4. But the eighth-inning call triggered a wild argument in which Giants catcher Gus Mancuso shoved Ballanfant while Magerkurth and Giants shortstop Billy Jurges engaged in a heated dispute in which they spat on each other. Two days later, N.L. president Ford Frick handed both 10-day suspensions and $150 fines. (Mancuso was fined $50.) During his career, Magerkurth worked four World Series, all involving the Yankees (1932, 1936, 1942, 1947) and two All-Star Games (1935, 1939), the second of them at Yankee Stadium.

Sal Maglie


Sal Maglie (Baseball. Born, Niagara Falls, NY, Apr. 26, 1917; died, Niagara Falls, NY, Dec. 28, 1992.)  He wasn’t called “The Barber” for no reason. Salvatore Anthony Maglie, during his years with the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, dished out more close shaves to hitters than any pitcher in either league. That was particularly true when he was facing Brooklyn while with the Giants in those glory days. Maglie took a circuituous route to the major leagues and star status with the Giants thanks to a tour in the outlaw Mexican League in 1946 that cost him a suspension that lasted until 1950. He was 33 when he reached the majors to stay and he made a fast and lasting impression with 18-4, 23-6 and 18-8 marks in his first three seasons at the Polo Grounds. That was 59-18 for the three years and his 23-6 season in 1951 helped the Giants to their “Miracle pennant” climaxed by Bobby Thomson’s celebrated home run. Maglie was 14-6 in 1954 when the Giants again won the N.L. flag and followed that with a stunning four-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. But the next season, he was traded late in the year to the Indians and then wound up with the Dodgers in 1956. He was 13-5 for Brooklyn with a 5-0 no-hitter against the Phillies at Ebbets Field Sept. 25 to help the Dodgers win the pennant. He hurled two complete games against the Yankees in the 1956 World Series, winning the opener, 6-3, and losing the fifth game, 2-0, to Don Larsen’s perfect game, despite allowing only five hits. In 1957, Maglie was swapped to the Yankees, completing the circuit of the three New York teams. He was 2-0 in a late-season pennant drive. Overall, Maglie was 119-62 in the majors including a combined 117-54 with the New York teams.

Pat Malone


Pat Malone (Baseball. Born, Altoona, PA, Sept. 25, 1902; died, Altoona, PA, May 13, 1943.) Only one big league player played on pennant winners in both leagues under the same manager and that man is Perce Leigh Malone. Malone was a righthander who was 22-10 with the 1929 Chicago Cubs and 12-4 with the Yankees in 1936, both teams managed by Joe McCarthy. Overall, he was 134-92 in 10 seasons (1928-37) in the majors. Malone had a deserved reputation as a fun-loving prankster and the Cubs paid to have his wife travel with him to keep him in line. He served briefly in the U.S. Army during World War I by lying about his age.

Dave Maloney


Dave Maloney (Hockey. Born, Kitchener, Ont., July 31, 1956.) A mobile, hard-hitting defenseman with a volatile temper, David Wilfred Maloney was the youngest captain in Rangers history, succeeding Phil Esposito, on Oct. 11, 1978 (22 years, two months). The Rangers’ No. 1 draft choice in 1974 (No. 14 overall), he scored 70 goals in 605 games with the Rangers, 47 of them in a four-year period from 1978-82. Perhaps the most notorious example of his temper came the night of Mar. 16, 1980, at the Garden. That night, after committing a turnover late in the third period that led to the game’s final goal in a 5-2 Rangers win over St. Louis, he raised his stick above his head with the intent of slamming it down on the crossbar. He missed, and instead connected with the back of goalie John Davidson’s left leg. Fortunately for Davidson, his bruise was relatively minor. Maloney was replaced as captain by Walt Tkaczuk on Dec. 6, 1980, and was traded to Buffalo Dec. 6, 1984, during the last year of his career, ending over five years of playing on the Rangers with his brother Don. He later became a hockey broadcaster. – J.S.

Don Maloney


Don Maloney (Hockey. Born, Lindsay, Ont., Sept. 5, 1958.) While he served in both the Rangers and Islanders organizations as a player and executive for an aggregate of well over 20 years, Donald Michael Maloney may be best remembered for his first impression on New York. Called up from New Haven of the A.H.L. Feb. 14, 1979, he scored a goal on his first N.H.L. shift (and shot) got an assist on second shift as the Rangers beat Boston, 5-1, at the Garden. A left wing, he finished the year with 26 points in 28 games and had a team-high 13 assists (20 points) in 18 playoff games as the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup final. A tenacious player who more often than not won battles for pucks along the boards and in the corners despite average size (6’1”, 190), Maloney holds the team record for fastest hat trick (2:30 on Feb. 21, 1981, vs. Washington) and was named M.V.P. of the 1984 N.H.L. All-Star Game at the Meadowlands with four points (three assists). He scored at least 24 goals for the Rangers for five straight seasons (1979-84) and spent the last two years of his career with the Islanders. The assistant g.m., Maloney succeeded Bill Torrey as Islanders general manager Aug. 17, 1992, but was fired Dec. 2, 1995, and replaced by Mike Milbury. He moved into the Rangers front office in 1996 and remained 11 seasons, the last six as assistant general manager under Glen Sather. On May 28, 2007, Maloney – brother of Rangers defenseman Dave Maloney – became general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes. – J.S.

Gus Mancuso


Gus Mancuso (Baseball. Born, Galveston, TX, Dec. 5, 1905; died, Houston, TX, Oct. 26, 1984.) As the primary catcher for three Giants pennant winners in the 1930s, August Rodney Mancuso may have Commissioner Landis to thank for his career. Mancuso was under contract with the Cardinals from 1925 on but couldn’t win a job on the St. Louis varsity. In 1930, Landis ordered St. Louis to keep him in the majors or release him. Mancuso stayed and hit .366 in 76 games. On Oct. 10, 1931, he was traded to the Giants in a six-player deal. The Giants won in 1933 (when Mancuso hit .264), 1936 (.301), and 1937 (.279). He was traded Dec. 6, 1938, to the Chicago Cubs. Mancuso did a brief stint with Brooklyn (1940) and returned to the wartime Giants (1942-44). He hit .265 in 1,460 major league games from 1930-45.

Sammy Mandell


Sammy Mandell (Boxing. Born, Rockford, IL, Feb. 5, 1904; died, Oak Park, IL, Nov. 7, 1967.) Though he fought mainly in the Midwest early in his career, Sammy Mandell (born Samuel R. Mandella) had several of his most important bouts in New York. Lightweight champion from 1926-30, he was a major contender when champion Benny Leonard announced his retirement in January 1925. He entered the tournament to select a new champion, beating Sid Terris but losing to Jimmy Goodrich, both in New York, After Mandell won the title from Rocky Kansas, he defended against Jimmy McLarnin at the Polo Grounds May 21, 1928, winning in 15 rounds. Mandell lost his crown at Yankee Stadium July 17, 1930, to Al Singer, who knocked him out in the first round. Mandell had 168 bouts in his 14-year career (1920-34), losing only 17 times, with 60 no-decisions. He fought nine times in New York.

Pug Manders


Pug Manders (Pro football. Born, Millbank, SD, May 5, 1913; died, Des Moines, IA, Jan. 20, 1985.) Brooklyn Dodgers owner Dan Topping wanted Drake running back Clarence Manders so badly that he paid the Pittsburgh Steelers to use their No. 2 choice Dec. 10, 1938, to draft him for the Dodgers. Manders was the regular fullback for Brooklyn for six seasons (1939-44), leading the N.F.L. in rushing with 482 yards in 1939. When the N.F.L. disbanded the Brooklyn franchise after the 1944 season, Manders was assigned to Boston. But in 1946, he returned to Topping’s payroll with the A.A.F.C. Yankees. Manders finished his career with Buffalo of the A.A.F.C. in 1947 having gained 2,712 yards on 742 carries in 90 career games.

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