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Allie Reynolds

Allie Reynolds (Baseball.  Born, Bethany, OK, Feb. 10, 1915; died, Oklahoma City, OK, Dec. 27, 1994.)  One of the great money pitchers of his era, Allie Pierce Reynolds appeared in 15 World Series games for the Yankees. He had a 7-2 record with a 2.79 e.r.a. and four saves.  Among those saves was a memorable […]

Casey Stengel

Casey Stengel (Baseball.  Born, Kansas City, MO, July 30, 1889; died, Glendale, CA, Sept. 30, 1975.)  Charles Dillon Stengel for two decades was, perhaps, the most recognizable figure in baseball.  His period of great recognition began twenty years after his active playing career ended.  Casey Stengel was a better-than-journeyman outfielder.  He played with five National League […]

Len Koenecke

Len Koenecke (Baseball. Born, Baraboo, WI, Jan. 18, 1904; died, Toronto, Ont., Sept. 17, 1935.) A prolific hitter as a minor league outfielder, Leonard George Koenecke lost the war with booze and a battle with a fire extinguisher. A lefthanded hitter, Koenecke hit .343, .389, and .397 with his first three minor league clubs (1927-28). […]

Sad Sam Jones

Sad Sam Jones (Baseball.  Born, Woodsfield, OH, July 26, 1892; died, Barnesville, OH, July 6, 1966.)  A righthander who was 21-8 for the Yankees’ first World Series champions in 1923, Samuel Pond Jones owed his nickname to W.O. McGeehan of the Herald, who called him “Sad Sam, Sorrowful Sage from Woodsfield” because of his dour […]

Ralph Houk

Ralph Houk (Baseball.  Born, Lawrence, KS, Aug. 9, 1918; died, Winter Haven, FL, July 21, 2010.)  Among his many distinctions, Ralph George Houk is the only man ever to manage Yankee clubs that won world championships and finished last in a 10-team American League.  A member of the Yankees organization starting in 1939, Houk joined […]

Bucky Harris

Bucky Harris (Baseball.  Born, Port Jervis, NY, Nov. 8, 1876; died, Bethesda, MD, Nov. 8, 1977.)  Although he spent only two seasons of his 29-year major league managerial career with them, Stanley Raymond Harris guided the Yankees to the 1947 world championship.  Harris thus became only the third manager to win a World Series with […]

Gus Mauch

Gus Mauch (Trainer. Born, New York, NY, Mar. 7, 1902; died, St. Petersburg, FL, Apr. 16, 1983.) Augustus Mauch, who played a key role in many a Casey Stengel-managed championship team with the Yankees and then salved the muscles of the Miracle Mets, was one of the most famous trainers in sports during his long […]

Don Larsen

Don Larsen (Baseball. Born, Michigan City, IN, Aug. 7, 1929.) Many players in baseball history are widely remembered for a single achievement only; Don James Larsen is probably the most famous for having that distinction, his achievement being so spectacular. On Oct. 8, 1956, at Yankee Stadium, in the fifth game of a tied World […]

Joe Durso

Joe Durso (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 22, 1924; died, Stony Brook, NY, Dec. 31, 2004.)  Known in baseball press boxes as “The Count,” Joseph Paul Durso was an elegant baseball writer for The New York Times for over two decades who later wrote extensively about thoroughbred racing.  In the 1970s, Durso covered primarily […]

John Drebinger

John Drebinger (Sportswriter.  Born, Staten Island, NY, Mar. 23, 1891; died, Greensboro, NC, Oct. 22, 1979.)  A series of mishaps shaped the life of John Drebinger but did not prevent him from becoming one of New York’s longest-serving baseball writers.  Drebinger had planned a career as a concert pianist but seriously injured his thumb while […]

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