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Mike Vanderbilt

Mike Vanderbilt (Sailing.  Born, Oakdale, NY, July 6, 1884; died, Newport, RI, July 4, 1970.)  Harold Stirling Vanderbilt was the son of William K. Vanderbilt, president of the New York Central Railroad at a time when the industry was dominant and the Central was one of the dominant roads in the industry. Yet, despite his […]

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor (Sportswriter.  Born, New Bedford, MA, May 31, 1901; died, Port Washington, NY, Jan. 6, 1966.)  As the first sportswriter to win a Pulitzer Prize and the only one to win it for contemporaneous reporting, William H. Taylor stands alone in his field.  Taylor graduated Dartmouth in 1923 and joined the Herald Tribune, where […]

Cornelius Shields

Cornelius Shields (Sailing.  Born, St. Paul, MN, Apr. 7, 1895; died, New Rochelle, NY, Oct. 15, 1981.)  Cornelius Shields, Sr., is recognized in America as one of the most highly respected sailors of the 20th century.  As an ambassador-at-large for yachting, he served the sport for five decades.  Shields was also a tough championship-caliber competitor who […]

Arthur Knapp

Arthur Knapp (Sailing.  Born, Bayside, NY, Jan. 5, 1907; died: Greenwich, CT, June 15, 1992.)  For decades before and after World War II, Arthur Knapp, Jr., of the Larchmont Yacht Club was  one of the country’s leading competitors in boats of all sizes and descriptions.  In 1924, he was one of the first winners of […]

Zander Hollander

Zander Hollander (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 24, 1923.)  It took a series of five strikes that shut down the New York newspapers to do it, but Zander Hollander eventually formed a company that produced more than 200 sports books over nearly a quarter-century.  Hollander joined United Press in 1946, working on the overnight shift […]

Charlie Barr

Charlie Barr (Sailing.  Born, Gourock, Scotland, July 11, 1864; died, Southhampton, England, Jan. 24, 1911.)  Perhaps the most successful of all America’s Cup skippers, Charles Barr is the first one to have handled three successful defenses of the international trophy.  His unexpected death at age 46 may have deprived him of even further triumphs.  Barr’s […]

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