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Whit Wyatt

Whit Wyatt (Baseball.  Born, Kensington, GA, Sept. 27, 1907; died, Buchanan, GA, July 16, 1999.)  In a nine-year A.L. career during which he was 26-43 (1929-37), John Whitlow Wyatt was at best a journeyman righthander.  But after a 23-7 season at Triple-A (Milwaukee of the American Association) in 1938, Wyatt was sold to Brooklyn and […]

Zack Wheat

Zack Wheat (Baseball.  Born, Hamilton, MO, May 23, 1886; died, Sedalia, MO, Mar. 11, 1972.)  For 18 seasons, Zachary Davis (Buck) Wheat was the pride of Brooklyn.  Wheat was a lifetime .317 hitter, a steady leftfielder, and the cleanup hitter for Dodgers teams that contended often and twice won N.L. pennants (1916 and 1920).  He […]

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 […]

George Tidden

George Tidden (Sportswriting.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, 1856; died, Brooklyn, NY, June 30, 1913.)  Born Gerhard Otto Tidden to immigrant German parents in South Brooklyn, George Tidden became a leading baseball authority.  Tidden began his sportswriting career in the late 1870s with the short-lived Daily America and worked as a general sports reporter for several New […]

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson (Baseball.  Born, Cairo, GA, Jan. 31, 1919; died, Stamford, CT, Oct. 24, 1972.)  Jack Roosevelt Robinson is more than a baseball figure.  He is a goliath among Americans.  Introduced by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as the first black man to play in the modern history of the major leagues, Robinson accomplished astounding […]

Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart (Baseball.  Born, Fitchburg, MA, Sept. 26, 1894; died, Jamaica Plain, MA, Feb. 18, 1964.)  A man who coached a team to the Stanley Cup championship in the off-season, William J. Stewart was an N.L. umpire for nearly 22 seasons (1933-54).  Stewart coached the Chicago Blackhawks to the Cup in 1938 in his first year as […]

Harry M. Stevens

Harry M. Stevens (Executive.  Born, London, England, June 14, 1855; died, New York, NY, May 3, 1934.)  Harry Mosley Stevens may be one of the few sports figures to have invented a business.  Stevens’ efforts created the modern sports concessioning business, although he always referred to himself as a “publisher and caterer.”  Stevens came with his […]

Jane Jarvis

Jane Jarvis (Organist.  Born, Vincennes, IN, Oct. 31, 1915; died, Englewood, NJ, Jan. 25, 2010.)  On Apr. 17, 1964, Shea Stadium opened and Mets fans were treated to a new experience.  Jane Jarvis entertained the crowd at the organ.  A noted jazz artist and respected teacher, Jarvis was only the second organist to play regularly at […]

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 19, 1896; died, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 4, 1965.) During his 53-year career with The Sun, Edward T. Murphy became the first writer to cover the Brooklyn Dodgers for a Manhattan-based paper. Murphy joined The Sun as a copy boy in 1911, working for the morning edition of what […]

Ed Head

Ed Head (Baseball.  Born, Selma, LA, Jan. 25, 1918; died, Bastrop, LA, Jan. 31, 1980.)  In 1935, lefthander Edward Marvin Head was on his way to a road game with his Quachita Parish High School baseball team when the school bus in which he was riding was sideswiped by another vehicle, in the process shattering […]

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