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Fresco Thompson

Fresco Thompson (Baseball.  Born, Centreville, AL, June 6, 1902; died, Fullerton, CA, Nov. 20, 1968.)  A second baseman who did brief tours with the Giants (1926, 1934) and Brooklyn (1931-32), Lafayette Fresco Thompson later became a Dodgers executive.  Thompson was named assistant farm director in 1949 and a vice president the next year after Walter […]

Andy Coakley

Andy Coakley (College baseball.  Born, Providence, RI, Nov. 20, 1882; died, New York, NY, Sept. 27, 1963.)  In his nine years as a major league pitcher, Andrew James Coakley pitched a season for the Yankees (0-1 in 1911), but earned his fame as Columbia’s baseball coach.  Coakley coached the Lions 37 seasons in two terms […]

Johnny Balquist

Johnny Balquist (College baseball.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, June 18, 1908; died, Teaneck, NJ, Jan. 22, 1991.)  An infielder at Columbia (1930-32), John Balquist later succeeded the legendary Andy Coakley as the Lions baseball coach.  Balquist was head coach at Manhattan (1939-42), where he was also assistant athletic director, before joining Coakley as an assistant in 1943.  […]

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