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Dan Topping

Dan Topping (Baseball, pro football.  Born, Grennwich, CT, June 11, 1912; died, Miami, FL, May 18, 1974.)  Grandson of a former president of Republic Steel on his father’s side and a tin millionaire on his mother’s, Daniel Reid Topping was an above-average amateur golfer, owner of two pro football teams, and an owner of the […]

Bob Sheppard

Bob Sheppard (Public address.  Born, Richmond Hill, Queens, Oct. 20, 1910; died, Baldwin, NY, July 11, 2010.)  Robert Leo Sheppard possessed one of the most memorable voices in the history of New York sports and a style of enunciation that has never been equalled.  Although almost everyone associates him with New York Yankees baseball games, where […]

Bobby Layne

Bobby Layne (Pro football. Born, Santa Ana, TX, Dec. 19, 1926; died, Lubbock, TX, Dec. 1, 1986.) With a pro football war raging between the N.F.L. and the upstart A.A.F.C., the Chicago Bears decided to loan promising quarterback prospect Robert Lawrence Layne to the New York Bulldogs for the 1949 season. The Bulldogs, formerly a […]

Glenn Dobbs

Glenn Dobbs (Pro football.  Born, Frederick, OK, July 12, 1921; died, Tulsa, OK, Nov. 12, 2003.)  A big star at little-known Tulsa, Glenn Dobbs, Jr., was briefly a brilliant backfield performer for the Brooklyn Football Dodgers in the All-America Football Conference.  Dobbs spent three years with the Randolph Field team during military service (1943-45) during […]

Bill Cox

Bill Cox (Soccer.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 8, 1909; died, Mt. Kisco, NY, Mar. 28, 1989.)  William Drought Cox was probably the man who restored soccer to a status as popular sport in the United States after it virtually disappeared from the American sports calendar during World War II.  Cox led a group of investors […]

Hardy Brown

Hardy Brown (Pro football.  Born, Childress, TX, May 8, 1924; died, Stockton, CA, Nov. 8, 1991.)  After playing for Southern Methodist and Tulsa with military service in World War II in between, Hardy Brown became a linebacker with the Brooklyn Football Dodgers in 1948.  When the Dodgers folded after the season, Brown moved to the Chicago […]

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