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John Reeves


John Reeves (College athletics.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 14, 1939.)  A successful soccer coach turned administrator, Dr. John A. Reeves became Columbia’s fifth full-time director of athletics in 1991, succeeding Al Paul (q.v.).  Reeves was the soccer coach at both Bloomfield College (1961-68) and Drew U. (1969-81) in New Jersey, compiling a 172-84-28 record.  He has also published five books on the sport.  Reeves was also director of athletics at Drew (1969-81) before holding the same position at the U. of Rochester (1981-87) and Stony Brook (1987-91).  At Columbia, he oversaw a significant expansion of facilities at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center and expanded the women’s athletic program, adding field hockey and lacrosse.  He retired June 30, 2004.  Reeves earned his undergraduate degree at Montclair State, his M.S. at Penn State, and his Ed.D. at Columbia (1983).

Richie Regan


Richie Regan (College basketball.  Born, Newark, NJ, Nov. 23, 1930; died, Neptune, NJ, Dec. 24, 2002.)  For nearly half a century, Richard Jean Regan was associated with Seton Hall as a basketball player, coach, athletic director, and fund-raiser.  Regan was an all-State basketball player at Newark’s West Side H.S., when he enrolled at Seton Hall in 1949.  He joined the varsity as a guard in 1950-51 and his teams won 80 of 92 games during his three-year career.  Regan scored 1,167 points (12.7 per game) in 92 games for teams that were 24-7, 25-3, and 31-2.  He averaged 14.2 for the 1952-53 team that won the N.I.T.  Following two years in the Marine Corps, Regan joined the N.B.A. Rochester Royals for the start of a three-year pro career.  He was Seton Hall’s head coach for 10 seasons (1960-70) with a 112-131 record.  In 1971, Regan became the school’s athletic director, a position he held until 1984.  During that period, he helped organize the Big East Conference with Seton Hall as one of the original seven member schools.  Regan headed up the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund for 13 years (1985-98), raising over $10 million, and then became special assistant to the University’s president.

Bob Reigeluth


Bob Reigeluth (Sportswriter.  Born, Columbus, O., Oct. 10, 1942.)  After a stint with the Harrisburg (Penna.) Patriot-Ledger, Robert Seelye Reigeluth, Jr., became a Connecticut sportswriter for more than 35 years.  Reigeluth joined the Waterbury American in Nov. 1967, but then spent two years (1969-70) in the U.S. Navy before going to the New Haven Register in Dec. 1970.  He went to the Danbury News-Times in Aug. 1972, where he began to cover major New York events, including the Yankees.  Reigeluth also wrote for other Ottaway chain newspapers, including the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald Record while also covering pro, college, and local high school football, the Knicks, and later the Mets through 2001.

Pete Reiser


Pete Reiser (Baseball.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Mar. 17, 1919; died, Palm Springs, CA, Oct. 25, 1981.)  A lefthanded hitter with speed, Harold Patrick Reiser held out the promise of greatness.  In 1940, Reiser was tearing up the Eastern League, hitting .378 at Elmira (N.Y.) with 55 runs scored in 67 games.  He was called up to Brooklyn, skipping Triple-A, and made his debut July 23.  Reiser hit .293 as the Dodgers finished second.  The following year, he really hit his stride, winning the N.L. batting title (.343), tying for the lead in doubles (39), and leading in triples (17) and runs (117) as Brooklyn won its first pennant in 21 years.  The Dodgers built a 12-game lead in 1942 and Reiser was hitting .383 on July 2.  On that day, he smashed into the centerfield wall at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis and was carried off the field.  Reiser missed 25 games, his average dropped to .310, and the Dodgers finished two games behind St. Louis.  He still led the N.L. in stolen bases.  Then came three years in the Army during World War II.  Upon his return in 1946, Reiser again was the stolen base leader (34) although he hit just .277.  He got off to a good start in 1947 but was seriously injured running into the wall at Ebbets Field.  Again, in 1948, Reiser crashed into a wall and played only 64 games, hitting .236.  On Dec. 15, 1948, he was traded to the Boston Braves.  Reiser played for Pittsburgh (1951) and Cleveland (1952) and tried switch-hitting, but the great promise was gone, undone by unforgiving brick and concrete.  Reiser was later a coach for the Cubs, Dodgers, and Angels.

Frederic Remington


Frederic Remington (Football.  Born, Canton, NY, Oct. 21, 1861; died, Ridgefield, CT, Dec. 26, 1909.)  Universally acclaimed as the finest American painter and sculptor of the Old West, Frederick Remington was also a Yale football player.  Remington played end in 1879-80 and was a teammate of, among others, Walter Camp, “the Father of American Football.”  Over his career, he produced more than 2,800 paintings and drawings (including some of football), plus magazine illustrations and 25 statues.  One of his sculptures, The Bronco Buster, is world-famous as the greatest work on the American West in bronze.  Remington also authored and illustrated 13 books, wrote many articles on Western themes, and served as a war correspondent during the Spanish-American War (1898).  One of his books was turned into a Broadway play in 1903.

Dutch Rennert


Dutch Rennert (Baseball.  Born, Oshkosh, WI, June 12, 1934.)  A favorite umpire among fans for loud, elongated verbal calls on strikes, Lawrence Henry Rennert worked in the N.L. for 19 years (1973-92).  Rennert came up from the P.C.L. and umpired his first N.L. game Sept. 7, 1973.  He was seventh in seniority in the league when he announced his retirement Jan. 11, 1993.  Rennert’s strike calls could be heard clearly in the lower box seats, frequently in the press box and, when the Montreal Expos still played in tiny Jarry Park, often on the street outside.  He worked three World Series (1980, 1983, 1989), two All-Star Games (1979, 1984) and six N.L. championship series.

Rud Rennie


Rud Rennie (Sportswriter.  Born, Toronto, Ont., Aug. 8, 1894; died, Huntington, LI, Oct. 6, 1956.)  Coming to the U.S. as a young man, Clare Rutherford Rennie worked many odd jobs (including stevedore), but turned to newspaper reporting after service in the U.S. Army during World War I.  Rennie began his career with the morning Sun in 1919 and moved to the New York Tribune the following year.  In March 1924, the Tribune absorbed the Herald, forming the Herald Tribune.  A year later, Rennie became a sportswriter and began covering the Yankees.  In his 27 years on the beat (1925-52), he covered 17 A.L. pennant winners and some two dozen World Series.  Rennie mainly covered thoroughbred racing during his final four years on the Herald Tribune, taking over the beat after the death of Joe H. Palmer.

Lou Requena


Lou Requena (Photographer.  Born, San Juan, PR, Dec. 12, 1919; died, New York, NY, June 20, 2013.)  Starting with his own Pan American Photos in 1958, Louis Requena became a leading baseball photographer for the major wire services.  Requena at first shot for local Spanish newspapers but became a U.P.I. photographer in 1974 and then went to the A.P. in 1982.  He continued to work as a freelancer for the A.P. into his 80s at both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium.  Requena shot other sports, notably N.B.A. basketball, early in his career.

Scotty Reston


Scotty Reston (Sportswriting.  Born, Clydeback, Scotland, Nov. 3, 1909; died, Washington, DC, Dec. 6, 1995.)  To call James Barrett Reston a sportswriter may be somewhat like calling Ted Williams a great fisherman, yet it was sportswriting that put him in the newspaper business and sportswriting that brought him to New York.  Reston came to the U.S. as a child and was raised in Dayton, O., where he became an active caddy and golfer.  He was the Ohio state champion twice and captained the 1932 U. of Illinois team that won the Big Ten golf championship.  Reston started writing sports for the Daily News in Springfield, O., did a stint as a publicity man for the Cincinnati Reds, and then joined the Associated Press as a sportswriter in New York (1934-37) and London (1937-39).  On Sept. 1, 1939, he was named to the London bureau of The New York Times.  Reston was with The Times more than fifty years, winning two Pulitzer Prizes.  He gained fame as the paper’s long-time Washington columnist (1953-87) and bureau chief (1953-64).  Reston was also The Times’ executive editor in New York for a bit over a year (1968-69).  He never lost his interest in sports and in 1969 watched the men’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament squeezed behind a Western Union telex machine in the press marquee at the West Side Tennis Club.

Nap Reyes


Nap Reyes (Baseball.  Born, San Luis, Cuba, Nov. 24, 1919; died, Miami, FL, Sept. 15, 1995.)  Since his native Cuba wasn’t at war, Napoleon Reyes (Aguilera) was available.  Reyes was also versatile, playing the outfield and all infield positions.  Giants coach Dolf Luque, also a Cuban native, managed Reyes in winter ball in 1941 and recommended him to the Giants.  Reyes hit just .241 at Jersey City in 1942 but got off to a good start the next year and by May 1943 was playing for the Giants.  That year, he hit .256 for the Giants in 40 games and .342 in 58 games for Jersey City.  Then he stayed with the Giants in 1944 (.289) and 1945 (.288), initially as a first baseman and then the regular at third.  What might have happened after the war ended is anybody’s guess since Reyes, along with 17 other big leaguers (including Mickey Owen, Danny Gardella (q.v.), Sal Maglie (q.v.), and Luis Olmo) jumped to the Mexican League and was banned by Commissioner Happy Chandler.  He played only one big league game (with the 1950 Giants) after the ban was lifted.  Reyes played in the minors and Cuba for several years.  He managed Jersey City (1960-61) when the I.L. club was forced out of Havana after the Cuban revolution.  Reyes was a sugar chemist with a degree in agronomy from the U. of Havana who spent his later years as an anti-Castro Cuban in Miami.

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