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Fran Healy

Fran Healy (Baseball.  Born, Holyoke, MA, Sept. 6, 1946.)  A backup catcher for 74 games with the Yankees, Francis Xavier Paul Healy became a baseball broadcaster in New York for nearly three decades.  Healy joined the Yankees as Thurman Munson’s backup in May 1976 in a swap for lefthander Larry Gura, who went to Kansas […]

Billy Martin

Billy Martin (Baseball. Born, Berkeley, CA, May 16, 1928; died, Binghamton, NY, Dec. 25, 1989.) Combative and often controversial, Billy Martin was the first man to manage the same major league team five teams and that team was the Yankees. Martin, born Alfred Manuel Pesano, also played for the Yankees (1950-57), primarily as a second […]

Lou Piniella

Lou Piniella (Baseball.  Born, Tampa, FL, Aug. 28, 1943.)  One of the most popular (and most combustible) of the Yankees champions in the 1970s, Louis Victor Piniella later became a noted manager.  Piniella was a highly-emotional but skilled outfielder who made major contributions to the Yankees’ pennant winners of 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1981.  Early […]

Paul Blair

Paul Blair (Baseball.  Born, Cushing, OK, Feb. 1, 1944.)  A superb defensive centerfielder who resurrected his career after being hit in the face with a pitch in 1970, Paul L.D. Blair also became embroiled in a classic “Bronx Zoo” Yankees moment in 1977.  Blair spent 13 seasons (1964-76) with Baltimore but hit only .197 in […]

Maury Allen

Maury Allen (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, May 2, 1932; died, Cedar Grove, NJ, Oct. 3, 2010.)  A graduate of City College, Maury Allen joined Sports Illustrated in 1959 following a hitch in the U.S. Army.  In 1962, he moved to the New York Post as a baseball writer and columnist.  Allen left the Post in […]

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