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Dan Topping

Dan Topping (Baseball, pro football.  Born, Grennwich, CT, June 11, 1912; died, Miami, FL, May 18, 1974.)  Grandson of a former president of Republic Steel on his father’s side and a tin millionaire on his mother’s, Daniel Reid Topping was an above-average amateur golfer, owner of two pro football teams, and an owner of the […]

Bob Sheppard

Bob Sheppard (Public address.  Born, Richmond Hill, Queens, Oct. 20, 1910; died, Baldwin, NY, July 11, 2010.)  Robert Leo Sheppard possessed one of the most memorable voices in the history of New York sports and a style of enunciation that has never been equalled.  Although almost everyone associates him with New York Yankees baseball games, where […]

Frank Scott

Frank Scott (Player agent.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 17, 1917; died, Livingston, NJ, June 28, 1998.)  Among those who shaped contemporary sports in the last half of the 20th century was Frank Scott, who, in effect, was the first players agent.  Scott did not negotiate players’ contracts, as the many who followed in his footsteps did.  […]

Bruiser Kinard

Bruiser Kinard (Pro football.  Born, Pelahatchie, MS, Oct. 23, 1914; died, Jackson, MS, Sept. 7, 1985.)  Best of a Mississippi football-playing family, Frank Kinard was an all-N.F.L. tackle four times in his seven seasons (1938-44) with Brooklyn.  Kinard was a linebacker who helped form the core of the Dodgers defense in addition to playing tackle […]

Cliff Montgomery

Cliff Montgomery (College football. Born, Natrona Heights, PA, Sept. 17, 1910; died, Mineola, NY, Apr. 21, 2005.) Captain and star quarterback for the last Ivy League team to win a major Bowl, Clifford Earl Montgomery led Columbia to a 7-0 victory over Stanford in the 1934 Rose Bowl. In the second quarter of the game, […]

Herman Hickman

Herman Hickman (Football.  Born, Johnson City, TN, Oct. 1, 1910; died, Washington, DC, Apr. 25, 1958.)  As a hefty and skillful blocking guard, Herman Michael Hickman, Jr., was an unlikely Shakespearean scholar.  Yet Hickman, a natural raconteur, often regaled writers and fellow coaches with apt quotes from the Bard of Avon, particularly during his tenure […]

Cap McEwen

Cap McEwen (College and pro football. Born, Alexandria, MN, June 18, 1893; died, New York, NY, Aug. 9, 1970.) Closely identified with Army football for over a decade, John James McEwen was a center for the Cadets (1914-16) and coached the West Point varsity successfully (1923-25) after active Army service. McEwen was 18-5-3 in his […]

Pat McDonough

Pat McDonough (Sportswriter. Born, Fargo, ND, Mar. 11, 1906; died, Kearny, NJ, Mar. 1, 1996.) On July 1, 1925, when the Evening Telegram was still located at 73 Dey Street in Manhattan, Patrick J. McDonough reported to work as a copy boy. In 1927, McDonough – who was known as “the figure filbert of the […]

Pug Manders

Pug Manders (Pro football. Born, Millbank, SD, May 5, 1913; died, Des Moines, IA, Jan. 20, 1985.) Brooklyn Dodgers owner Dan Topping wanted Drake running back Clarence Manders so badly that he paid the Pittsburgh Steelers to use their No. 2 choice Dec. 10, 1938, to draft him for the Dodgers. Manders was the regular fullback […]

Dom Principe

Dom Principe (Football.  Born, Brockton, Mass., Feb. 9, 1917.)  A rugged back who was a major part of Fordham’s offense, Dominic Alfred Principe was also a member of both the Football Giants (1940-42) and the A.A.F.C. Brooklyn Dodgers (1946).  At Fordham, he played both ways but was primarily a fullback tough to stop in short-yardage […]

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