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Snuffy Stirnweiss

Snuffy Stirnweiss (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 1919; died, Newark Bay, NJ, Sept. 15, 1958.)  Even though he hit .264 and .270 in his two full seasons at Newark of the International League, George Henry Stirnweiss wasn’t draft-eligible.  Stirnweiss thus became the Yankees’ regular second baseman during World War II.  Against that watered-down competition, […]

Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner (Baseball.  Born, Santa Rita, NM, Oct. 27, 1922.)  Better known to generations of Mets fans as a broadcaster for the club’s entire existence through 2011, Ralph McPherran Kiner was one of the dominant players of the post-World War II era.  Kiner hit 369 homers in 10 major league seasons (1946-55) with Pittsburgh, the […]

Dick Modzelewski

Dick Modzelewski (Pro football. Born, West Natrona, PA, Feb. 16, 1931.) Universally known as “Little Mo” despite his 260 pounds, Richard Blair Modzelewski was a superb defensive tackle for the Giants for eight seasons (1956-63). Modzelewski’s nickname arose from “Big Mo,” his older (but smaller) brother, a fullback in the N.F.L. Obtained in a four-team […]

Monte Pearson

Monte Pearson (Baseball.  Born, Oakland, CA, Sept. 2, 1909; died, Fresno, CA, Jan. 27, 1978.)  A righthander who helped the Yankees win four straight World Series, Montgomery Marcellus Pearson was acquired (along with righthander Steve Sundra) from Cleveland for righthander Johnny Allen on Dec. 11, 1935.  Pearson was 19-7 in 1936 as the Yankees rolled […]

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