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Bill Tilden

Bill Tilden (Tennis.  Born, Germantown, PA, Feb. 10, 1893; died, Los Angeles, CA, June 5, 1953.)  During the “Golden Age of Sports,” Bill Tilden was one of the great names of the age, ranking with Babe Ruth (q.v.), Jack Dempsey (q.v.), and Bobby Jones (q.v.).  Known as “Big Bill,” Tilden in comparison to his smaller […]

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth (Baseball.  Born, Baltimore, MD, Feb. 6, 1895; died, New York, NY, Aug. 16, 1948.)  Television was the springboard to fame for most of the celebrated athletes of the 20th century and the reason many of the greats in the second half of the century earned name recognition far greater than those preceding them.  […]

George Selkirk

George Selkirk (Baseball.  Born, Huntsville, Ont., Jan. 4, 1908; died, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan. 19, 1987.)  In his eighth season in the minors, George Alexander Selkirk finally got the call to the majors.  In 1934, Selkirk was hitting .357 after 106 games at Newark in the International League when he was called up to the Yankees.  […]

Carl Hubbell

Carl Hubbell (Baseball.  Born, Carthage, MO, June 22, 1903; died, Scottsdale, AA, Nov. 21, 1988.)  Carl Owen Hubbell, a lefthanded pitcher who helped make the screwball famous, became the most renowned pitcher for the New York Giants since the heyday of Christy Mathewson.  Known as “King Carl,” Hubbell helped pitch the Giants to three pennants […]

Long Bob Meusel

Long Bob Meusel (Baseball. Born, San Jose, CA, July 19, 1896; died, Downey, CA, Nov. 28, 1977.) On 10 years with the Yankees, Robert William Meusel was the regular leftfielder and an integral part of the start of the dynasty. Meusel, a tall (6’3”) righthand hitter, had enough power to balance the strength from the […]

Art Nehf

Art Nehf (Baseball.  Born, Terre Haute, IN, July 31, 1892; died, Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 18, 1960.)  On Aug. 11, 1919, the Giants sent four players and an estimated $50,000 to the Boston Braves for lefthander Art Nehf in the season’s most sensational baseball trade.  Nehf first came to public notice while at Rose Polytechnic Institute, […]

Roger Maris

Roger Maris (Baseball. Born, Hibbing, MN, Sept. 10, 1934; died, Houston, TX, Dec. 14, 1985.) An excellent defensive outfielder with an exceptional arm and a good baserunner, Roger Eugene Maris (originally Maras) was also a winner. Maris played in seven World Series in his final nine seasons in the major leagues. To a great degree, […]

Kennesaw Mountain Landis

Kennesaw Mountain Landis (Baseball. Born, Millville, OH, Nov. 20, 1866; died, Chicago, IL, Nov. 25, 1944.) A former federal judge, Kennesaw Mountain Landis became baseball’s first commissioner in the wake of the 1919 “Black Sox” World Series dumping scandal that rocked the public’s confidence in the game. Landis barred all eight Chicago players for life […]

Ron Guidry

Ron Guidry (Baseball.  Born, Lafayette, LA, Aug. 28, 1950.)  Though he was almost 27 when he became a regular starter for the Yankees, lefthander Ronald Ames Guidry was one of the best and most exciting pitchers of his era, and for about a year and a half, he was perhaps the best pitcher in baseball […]

Tom Zachary

Tom Zachary (Baseball.  Born, Graham, NC, May 7, 1896; died, Burlington, NC, Jan. 24, 1969.)  During a 19-year major league career, lefthander Jonathan Thompson Walton Zachary pitched for seven teams, including the Yankees and Brooklyn.  But Tom Zachary is most noted in New York sports lore for giving up Babe Ruth’s 60th home run when […]

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