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

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William J. Donovan

William J. Donovan (College football.  Born, Buffalo, NY, Jan. 1, 1883; died, Washington, DC, Feb. 8, 1959.)  Known primarily as the founder of the Office of Strategic Services, Gen. William J. Donovan was also influential in college football.  Donovan was a backup quarterback for Columbia (1903-05) who also rowed crew (1904-06) and ran track (1906).  […]

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 […]

Moe Berg

Moe Berg (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 2, 1902; died, Belleville, NJ, May 29, 1972.)  A Princeton man, linguist, and major league catcher, Morris Berg entered the murky world of international espionage during World War II.  Berg was raised in New Jersey, graduating from Newark’s Barringer High School in 1918, and enrolled at N.Y.U.  […]

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