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  1. Jerry Izenberg

    Jerry Izenberg (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Sept. 10, 1930.)  Since August 1962, Jerry Izenberg has written more than 10,000 columns for the sports pages of the Newark Star-Ledger and the paper’s website,, as “columnist emeritus.”  Izenberg went to The Star-Ledger after three years with the Herald Tribune at the insistence of the sports editors of both papers.  During his years at the Herald Trbune, sports editor Stanley Woodward had groomed him to be a columnist by assigning him to every imaginable sport, including rodeo, rowing, fly fishing (in Times Square), boxing, college and pro basketball, pro football, and features, while serving as the backup on the Yankees beat.  Izenberg’s return to The Star-Ledger was his third tour there.  He had done high school sports in 1951 before joining the staff of the Paterson (N.J.) Evening News in 1954 following military service during the Korean War.  Izenberg left the News in 1957 to go to The Star-Ledger (where he also worked under Woodward) prior to moving to the Herald Tribune in 1959.  In addition to many magazine articles, he has also written nine books.  Izenberg has been the writer, narrator, or producer (sometimes all three) of 35 network television documentaries.  One of those shows, “A Man Called Lombardi,” earned an Emmy nomination.  Izenberg has also been a consultant for ESPN for several years.  He has earned numerous honors, including the prestigious Red Smith Award (2000).  Izenberg wrote five columns a week for more than 36 years but cut back to four per week in 1999.

  2. Jerry Mumphrey

    Jerry Mumphrey (Baseball. Born, Tyler, TX, Sept. 9, 1952.) His time with the Yankees was relatively brief, but switch-hitting outfielder Jerry Wayne Mumphrey had the season of his 14-year career (1974-87) in helping them win the 1981 A.L. pennant. Mumphrey hit a career-high .307 in 80 games that strike-shortened season and then hit .500 (six hits) in the A.L.C.S. He batted .300 in 123 games the following year but was traded midway through the 1983 season to Houston. For his career, Mumphrey hit .291 in 1,522 games with 70 homers.

  3. 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 seasons. He was 17-9 for the world champion 1969 Mets (and 2-0 in the World Series, inclduing the Game 5 clincher) and won the fifth game of the 1973 Series. He was also 1-0 in N.L. championship series games, winning Game 3 in 1973. Koosman’s best season on statistics was 1976, when he was 21-10 with 17 complete games in 34 starts. But the next season, he was 8-20, followed by 3-15 in 1978. After that season, Koosman was traded to Minnesota, where he was 20-13 and 16-13 in the next two years. He was 140-137 for the Mets. His superb rookie season (1968) included a 19-12 record and a 3-0 shutout over San Francisco for the Mets’ first-ever home-opener win (Apr. 17, 1968). He went 11-7 for the 1983 White Sox division champions. Koosman finished with the 1985 Phillies (6-4) and had a career 222-209 record.

  4. Jerry Girard

    Jerry Girard (Sportscaster.  Born, Chicago, IL, Aug. 6, 1932; died, Hawthorne, NY, Mar. 25, 2007.)  Famed for his deadpan wisecracks, Jerry Girard (born Gerard Alfred Suglia) was sports anchor at WPIX (Ch. 11) for over 20 years (1974-95).  Girard was raised in The Bronx and attended Manhattan College before a series of disc jockey jobs took him too Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gary, Ind., and Altoona, Penna.  He returned to New York as a record librarian and WNEW Radio (1130 AM) and moved to WPIX as a news writer in 1967.  Girard was succeeded by Sal Marchiano and left WPIX after declining the weekend sports anchor role.

  5. Jerry Neudecker

    Jerry Neudecker (Baseball.  Born, Marine, IL, Aug. 13, 1930; died, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Jan. 11, 1997.)  Jerome A. Neudecker was an A.L. umpire for 20 seasons (1966-85).  Following Bill Kunkel’s retirement after the 1984 season, Neudecker was the last A.L. umpire using the outside “balloon” chest protector while working behind the plate.  The outside protector, over the objections of A.L. umpire supervisor Dick Butler, was eliminated in 1979 by commissioner Bowie Kuhn in the interests of “uniformity.”  Umpires were told to use the inside protector and adopt the N.L. system of crouching behind the catcher on the side of the plate used by the hitter.  Those using the outside protector were “grandfathered” and some continued to use it.  Others, such as Marty Springstead, gave it up voluntarily.  Neudecker continued the A.L. style of standing directly behind the catcher and bending the knees slightly to get a clear view of both sides of the plate (with the additional virtue of less back strain).

  6. Jerry Grote

    Jerry Grote (Baseball.  Born, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 6, 1942.)  A leather-tough defensive catcher, Gerald Wayne Grote was a critical element in the Mets’ 1969 world championship and 1973 N.L. pennant.  Grote was acquired Oct. 16, 1965, from Houston for 6’7” righthander Tom Parsons (who never pitched for the Astros).  He became a steadying influence on the Mets staff just as it was coming to full flower.  Grote stayed with the Mets for 12 seasons (1966-77) and played a major role in those two championship teams despite a lifetime .252 batting average.  He hit only .211 in the 1969 Series, but the Mets pitching staff allowed nine runs in 45 innings.  Grote was a good handler of pitchers, an exceptional defensive catcher, and had a good arm that baserunners respected.

  7. Vin Scully

    Vin Scully (Broadcaster.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 29, 1927.)  Although he was a letter-winning outfielder for the Fordham baseball team, Vin Scully was to become a baseball legend in the broadcast booth rather than on the field.  Prior to his graduation in 1949, Scully worked football, basketball, and some baseball games on the campus station, WFUV-FM, and his work was noticed by Red Barber, then the voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Sports Director of CBS Radio.  Scully began working for Barber on the Saturday CBS Radio football roundups and, in 1950, joined the Dodgers broadcast team to fill the vacancy created when Ernie Harwell moved to the New York Giants.  Scully worked the first four years with Barber and Connie Desmond.  However, in 1954, when Barber went to the Yankees, Scully became the lead man at Ebbets Field with Desmond and Andre Baruch as the remainder of the on-air team, both radio and TV.  In 1957, the final year at Ebbets Field, the composition of the team changed, with Al Helfer and Jerry Doggett joining it, but Scully remained the principal voice and continued with the Dodgers in Los Angeles into the 2000s.  Millions have come to know his superb work – the silky voice, understated erudition, composed mien – on the World Series.  He subsequently became a network star not only in baseball but major golf tournaments and other top events for both NBC and CBS.  But it is as the voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers that Scully became a New York legend.

  8. George Steinbrenner

    George Steinbrenner (Executive.  Born, Rocky River, OH, July 4, 1930; died, Tampa, FL, July 13, 2010.) One of the most visible figures in New York sports history, George Michael Steinbrenner, III, owned the Yankees longer than anyone else had, and reestablished the team as the sport’s flagship franchise team during his tumultuous 37-year ownership, though his path to New York was, in retrospect, anything but obvious.  After graduating from Williams and doing post-graduate work at Ohio State, Steinbrenner became an assistant football coach at Northwestern in 1955.  Then came two seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue (1956-57) before Steinbrenner followed his family into the Great Lakes shipping business, becoming treasurer of Kinsman Transit Co. in Cleveland in 1957.  His first prominent venture in pro sports was as owner of the Cleveland Pipers of the short-lived American Basketball League during the 1962-63 season.  Steinbrenner was tentatively offered an N.B.A. expansion spot for his team after signing Ohio State star Jerry Lucas to a contract, but the A.B.L. collapsed and the N.B.A. offer was withdrawn.  In 1972, Steinbrenner had thoughts of purchasing his hometown Cleveland Indians when he learned that the Yankees were for sale.  On Jan. 3, 1973, it was announced that Steinbrenner’s syndicate had purchased the Yankees from C.B.S.  He then set about revitalizing the club, which had not won a pennant since 1964, and succeeded by 1976.  After an initial spurt of success (four pennants in six seasons from 1976-81), the Yankees missed the playoffs every year from 1982-93 (a strike shortened the ’94 season with the Yankees comfortably in first place), and then climbed the baseball mountain again, winning, in the event, four World Series in five seasons (1996, ’98-2000).  The Yankees won 11 A.L. pennants and seven World Series during his ownership.  Steinbrenner led the syndicate that took control of the New Jersey Nets N.B.A. club and later the Devils for five years (1999-2004) and formed the YES Network.  He is also a board member of the New York Racing Association.  Aside from the Yankees, his holdings included American Shipbuilding, of which he was president from 1967-78 and then served as chairman.

  9. Earl Monroe

    Earl Monroe (Pro basketball. Born, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 21, 1944.) Of all of the trades made by the New York Knicks in their history, few excited Knicks fans as much as the deal on Nov. 10, 1971, that sent Dave Stallworth, Mike Riordan, and cash to the Baltimore Bullets for Earl (the Pearl) Monroe. Over the next 8½ seasons, Monroe was to more than fulfill the fans’ expectations. He helped the club to its second N.B.A. championship in 1973 and continued to be one of the game’s truly great players until his retirement. Monroe averaged 15.5 points per game during the 1972-73 regular season, and turned it up a notch in the playoffs, when he scored 16.1 per game against the tougher playoff defensive play. The following year, he averaged 14.0 during the season and jumped to 17.4 in the playoffs. But his most productive seasons came in 1974-75 and 1975-76, after Knicks stallwarts Willis Reed (a center), Jerry Lucas, and Dave DeBusschere (forwards) retired after the 1973-74 season, leaving the Knicks reliant on their backcourt for leadership and scoring. Monroe scored 1,633 points (a 20.9 average) in 78 games in the 1974-75 campaign and 1,574 points (20.7 average) the next year. Knicks fans had a good idea what to expect when the team acquired Monroe, since he had displayed his dazzling wares against them often enough during the classic Bullets-Knicks playoff battles in the preceding years. The confrontations between Monroe and the Knicks’ top defensive guard, Walt Frazier, remain legendary amongst N.B.A. fans. As teammates, the two produced one of the great backcourt combinations in league history.

  10. Andre Baruch

    Andre Baruch (Broadcaster.  Born, Paris, France, Aug. 20, 1908; died, Beverly Hills, CA, Sept. 15, 1991.)  A noted radio voice in the 1940s, Andre Baruch worked on “The Shadow,” “Your Hit Parade,” “The Kate Smith Show,” and others during the so-called Golden Age of Radio.  Baruch was also the narrator for RKO Sportscopes, the weekly short shown around the country in movie theaters.  During their last four seasons in Brooklyn, he was part of the Dodgers’ broadcast crew with Vin Scully (q.v.) and Jerry Doggett.  When the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season, Baruch was the only one of the three to remain in New York.  A long-time voice of Pathe Newsreels, he did a local radio show with his wife, Bea Wain, that eventually moved to Florida.  In his early years, Baruch attended Pratt Institute and worked as a radio studio pianist and a photographer.

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