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John Halligan

John Halligan (Pulbic relations.  Born, Englewood, NJ, Feb. 25, 1941; died, Franklin Lakes, NJ, Jan. 20, 2010.)  Long associated with the Rangers, John Thomas Halligan became the resident historian of hockey in New York as an executive with the N.H.L.  Halligan came to the Rangers out of Fordham in 1963 as assistant to club publicist Herb Goren.  He succeeded Goren as public relations director in 1964 and 10 years later added the responsibility of business manager.  Halligan was the N.H.L. director of communications for three years (1983-86) and returned to the Rangers for four years (1986-90).  He served as vice president, communications, and director of community relations before returning to the N.H.L. in 1990, where he served as director of communications and special projects.  Halligan was instrumental in the creation of the N.H.L.’s Lester Patrick Award (1966) – which he won in 2007 – founded the Rangers Alumni Association (1981), and conceived and developed the N.H.L. Milestone Program (1982).  He also helped to develop the N.H.L. Presidents’ Trophy in 1985.  Halligan is the treasurer of the “Ice Hockey in Harlem” program and serves on numerous committees, including the selection committee of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.  Halligan has also written several books, including the official 75th anniversary book of the Rangers (2000).  He retired from the N.H.L. in 2006.


Charley Paddock

Charley Paddock (Track.  Born, Gainesville, TX, Aug. 11, 1900; died, near Sitka, Alaska Territory, July 21, 1943.)  Considered the “world’s fastest human” in the 1920s, Charles William Paddock qualified for three U.S. Olympic teams (1920, 1924, 1928).  Paddock won the A.A.U. 100-yard dash in 1921 and 1924, the 220-yard dash in 1920, 1921, and 1924, held the U.S. record in the 300 yards, and won both the 100 and 220 at Colgate Field in West Orange, N.J., in 1924.  The same year, Paddock and his rival Loren Murchison were among the U.S. athletes who toured Europe after the Olympics in Paris.  He was the co-holder of the world record in the 100-yard dash (9.6 seconds, which he did six times from 1921 to 1926).  Paddock also shared the world record in the 100 meters (10.4 seconds in 1921) and the 300 meters (33.2 seconds in 1921).  He was the 1920 Olympic gold medalist at 100 meters.  Paddock was a captain in the U.S. Marines when he was killed in a military plane crash.

Bob Page

Bob Page (Sportscaster.  Born, Covington, KY, Nov. 23, 1951.)  Robert Lionel Page, Jr., was host of “Sports Desk” on the MSG Network for over 10 years (1988-98) and hosted the twice-daily ABC Radio show, “Speaking of Sports,” previously hosted by Howard Cosell.  Starting in 1991, the outspoken and direct Page also hosted an interview on MSG for several years known as “Sports Page.”

Joe Page

Joe Page (Baseball.  Born, Cherry Valley, PA, Oct. 28, 1917; died, Latrobe, PA, Apr. 21, 1980.)  There were no official saves when Joseph Francis Page was the bulwark of the Yankees bullpen.  Page probably would have earned 70 to 90 saves for the Yankees, depending on which version of the rules were applied.  But he wasn’t a closer in the sense used a half-century after his Yankees career ended in 1950.  On Oct. 1, 1949, Page pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief as the Yankees, trailing Boston by a game in the standings with two to play, rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Red Sox, 5-4, at Yankee Stadium and tie the race.  The Yankees won, 5-3, the next day to take the pennant.  A similar effort from Page in the seventh game of the 1947 World Series (five shutout innings, allowing one hit – which was erased on a Series-ending  double play) helped the Yankees beat Brooklyn, 5-2.  In 1949, the hard-throwing lefthander led the A.L. with 60 appearances, all in relief, and was 13-8 with a 2.59 e.r.a.  His outings averaged two innings each.  In three seasons from 1947-49, Page worked in 171 games, all but three in relief.  He was 14-8 in 1947 to help the Yankees to the pennant.  The next year, Page was 7-8 and the Yankees finished third, two games out.  In seven seasons (1944-50), he was 57-49 in 278 games, 233 in relief.

Steve Palermo

Steve Palermo (Baseball.  Born, Oxford, MA, Oct. 9, 1949.)  Coming to the A.L. as a 27-year-old in 1977, Stephen Michael Palermo established himself as a rising star among umpires.  Palermo was a product of the umpire development program and came to the A.L. after rapid progress through the New York-Penn, Eastern, and Carolina Leagues and the American Association.  He was the plate umpire July 4, 1983, when Dave Righetti threw his no-hitter against Boston at Yankee Stadium, the first Yankees regular-season no-hitter at the Stadium since 1951.  On July 7, 1991, Palermo’s career and, nearly his life, came to an end in Dallas, Tex., when he was shot while chasing robbery suspects outside a nightclub.  The shooting left him partially paralyzed.  Yet he remained loyal to his colleagues among big league umpires.  While working as a color commentator of Yankees telecasts in 1995, Palermo refused to work while umpires were locked out in a labor dispute.  He later became an umpire supervisor for the Commissioner’s office.

Ernie Palladino

Ernie Palladino (Sportswriter.  Born, White Plains, NY, Apr. 13, 1955.)  While an undergraduate at Fordham, Ernest Andrew Palladino began his career with the old Daily Argus of Mount Vernon, N.Y., in 1976.  He eventually became the paper’s sports editor.  In 1981, Palladino was shifted to the principal paper of the Gannett Westchester group, The Reporter Dispatch, in White Plains as a sportswriter.  In 1989, he became the beat writer covering the Football Giants for the entire group (which was known as Gannett Westchester in 1985 and Gannett Suburban in 1990.  All 11 dailies were consolidated in 1997 into The Journal News).  Over the years, Palladino has become one of the most respected of the writers covering the team and has followed the Giants to five Super Bowls.  His career has been spiced with confrontations with an occasional player, most notably linebacker Lawrence Taylor.  When not on the N.F.L. beat, Palladino covers various other sports, including major league baseball.  He also taught journalism for 13 years at L.I.U. and is the author of Lombardi and Landry.

Bud Palmer

Bud Palmer (College and pro basketball.  Born, Hollywood, CA, Sept. 14, 1921.)  A slick 6’4″ forward from Princeton, John Palmer signed with the Knicks Dec. 18, 1946.  Palmer played most of three seasons with the team (1946-49) and then switched to broadcasting.  He paired with Marty Glickman (q.v.) on Knicks radio broadcasts (WMGM, 1050-AM) for two seasons (1949-51) and then moved to television (WPIX-11) in 1951.  Palmer handled the games on his own for three seasons (1951-54) and then teamed with Bob Wolff for two more (1956-58).  He later served as New York City’s Commissioner of Public Events under Mayor Robert F. Wagner.  As a player, Palmer averaged 11.4 points per game in 148 regular-season games for the Knicks and 14.4 in 14 playoff games.

Leo Paquin

Leo Paquin (College football.  Born, New York, NY, June 13, 1910; died, Rutherford, NJ, Dec. 2, 1993.)  Leo Paquin was the left end on the second version of Fordham’s “Seven Blocks of Granite” (1934-36).  Known as “Twinkletoes” to his teammates because of his grace, Paquin later became head football coach, athletic director, and a teacher at Manhattan’s Xavier H.S.

Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells (Pro Football.  Born, Englewood, NJ, Aug. 22, 1941.)  One of the most dynamic and impressive figures in the recent history of pro football in New York, Duane Charles (Bill) Parcells led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships (1987 and 1991) before leading the Jets to the A.F.C. championship game in 1999.  He began his career at River Dell H.S. in Oradell, N.J., and played collegiately at Colgate and Wichita (Kan.) State before beginning his college coaching career.  After assistant positions at six schools (including Army 1966-69), Parcells became head coach at Air Force in 1978.  Then came assistant pro coaching jobs with the Giants and New England before becoming Giants head man in 1983.  Although his first team was 3-12-1, the Giants were winners by 1984 (9-7).  Following a brief retirement from coaching for health reasons in 1991-92, he returned to the sidelines in 1993 and took the Patriots to the 1997 Super Bowl before joining the Jets.  His return to New York came after a lengthy negotiation that produced a series of draft choices and $300,000 for the Patriots.  Parcells also became the Jets’ Chief Football Operations Officer.  His 12-4 record in 1998 marked the Jets’ most regular-season wins ever.  Following an 8-8 season in 1999, Parcells retired Jan. 3, 2000, saying, “That’s it.  I’m not coaching any more football games.”  He finished 29-19 in three seasons (plus 1-1 in the playoffs) and 138-100-1 overall (plus 11-6 in the playoffs).  Parcells was chosen N.F.L. Coach of the Year by various organizations in 1986, 1989, 1994, and 1998.  He remained vice president and chief football operations officer of the Jets for a year after his retirement from coaching.  When he retired, Parcells was the only coach in Jets history with a winning record.  He returned to the sidelines in 2003, coaching Dallas into the playoffs.

Benny (Kid) Paret

Benny (Kid) Paret (Boxing.  Born, Santa Clara, Las Villas, Cuba, Mar. 14, 1937; died, New York, NY, Apr. 3, 1962.)  Twice world welterweight champion (1960-61 and 1961-62), Benny Paret died as the result of injuries suffered in a bout with Emile Griffith Mar. 24, 1962, at the Garden.  It was Paret’s third bout with Griffith.  He lost the first (Apr. 1, 1961, at Miami, Fla.) and won the second, a hotly-contested split decision at the Garden Sept. 30, 1961.  The tie-breaker third bout turned deadly in the 12th round when Paret was leaning against a corner post and was hit several times by Griffith.  The courts held all parties blameless of negligence in the death.

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