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Phil Weintraub

Phil Weintraub (Baseball.  Born, Chicago, IL Oct. 12, 1907; died, Palm Springs, CA, June 21, 1987.)  A thickly-built lefthanded hitter, Philip Weintraub was a noted minor league hitter in the 1930s and played 103 games for the Giants in parts of three seasons (1933-35), primarily as an outfielder.  Weintraub hit just .278 in that span [...]

Dixie Walker

Dixie Walker (Baseball.  Born, Villa Rica, GA, Sept. 24, 1910; died, Birmingham, AL, May 17, 1982.)  Another Yankees reject who made his name in Brooklyn, Fred Walker was doubtless one of the best $10,000 investments in baseball history.  After parts of five seasons with the Yankees, Walker was sent to the White Sox via waivers [...]

Adonis Terry

Adonis Terry (Baseball.  Born, Westfield, MA, Aug. 7, 1864; died, Milwaukee, WI, Feb. 24, 1915.)  A righthanded pitcher and outfielder, William H. Terry was noted for his handsome looks that not only earned him his nickname but also a legion of female fans.  Terry was a standout with Charles Byrne’s Brooklyn club of 1884 when [...]

Pete Reiser

Pete Reiser (Baseball.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Mar. 17, 1919; died, Palm Springs, CA, Oct. 25, 1981.)  A lefthanded hitter with speed, Harold Patrick Reiser held out the promise of greatness.  In 1940, Reiser was tearing up the Eastern League, hitting .378 at Elmira (N.Y.) with 55 runs scored in 67 games.  He was called up [...]

Gil Hodges

Gil Hodges (Baseball.  Born, Princeton, IN, Apr. 4, 1924; died, West Palm Beach, FL, Apr. 2, 1972.)  Gilbert Ray Hodges holds a unique place in the history of New York baseball.  He played on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team ever to win a World Series and he managed the New York Mets to their first [...]

Kirby Higbe

Kirby Higbe (Baseball.  Born, Columbia, SC, Apr. 4, 1915; died, Columbia, SC, May 6, 1985.)  Although he pitched for the Cubs, Phillies, Pirates, and Giants in his 12-year career (1937-43, 1946-50), Walter Kirby Higbe will be most remembered for his 1941 season in Brooklyn, when the righthander was the N.L. top pitcher (22-9) and the [...]

Babe Herman

Babe Herman (Baseball.  Born, Buffalo, NY, June 26, 1903; died, Glendale, CA, Nov. 27, 1987.)  Celebrated as the only man known to have tripled into a double play, Floyd Caves Herman is the poster boy for the so-called Daffy Dodgers who entertained and frustrated Ebbets Field fans in the late 1920s.  Herman was also a [...]

Ned Hanlon

Ned Hanlon (Baseball.  Born, Montville, CT, Mar. 16, 1857; died, Baltimore, MD, Apr. 14, 1937.)  Following a long career (1880-92) as a journeyman outfielder with such N.L. teams as Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore, Edward Hugh Hanlon became a highly successful manager.  Hanlon began as a playing manager in Pittsburgh (1889, 1891) with a jump [...]

John Ganzel

John Ganzel (Baseball.  Born, Kalamazoo, MI, Apr. 7, 1874; died, Orlando, FL, Jan. 14, 1959.)  A journeyman first baseman who saw service with the Giants (1901) and the Highlanders (1903-04), John Henry Ganzel also briefly managed the F.L. club in Brooklyn.  Ganzel became the Tip Tops’ last manager when he succeeded Lee Magee and finished the [...]

Jim Creighton

Jim Creighton (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 15, 1841; died, New York, NY, Oct. 18, 1862.)  Perhaps the greatest athlete of his era, James Creighton was an infielder, outfielder, pitcher, and hitter who became the first great star of baseball.  Creighton died of an apparent ruptured bladder and was mourned at a sizeable funeral.  [...]

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