New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

Tag Archives: Barnum & Bailey

Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly (Baseball.  Born, Sedan, KS, Dec. 9, 1898; died, Sarasota, FL, Mar. 28, 1979.)  Celebrated worldwide as one of the greatest circus clowns of all time, Emmett Kelly created the “Weary Willie” character.  After decades of circus work (including a lengthy stay with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey), Kelly was hired in 1957 […]

Michael Burke

Michael Burke (Executive.  Born, Enfield, CT, June 8, 1916; died, Galway, Ireland, Feb. 5, 1987.)  One of the most colorful characters in New York sports in the 1960s and 1970s, Edward Michael Burke was president of both the Yankees (1966-73) and Madison Square Garden (1973-81).  Burke spent nearly a third of his life in Europe for […]

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