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Harry Sinclair

Harry Sinclair (Baseball, horse racing.  Born, Wheeling, WV, July 6, 1876; died, Flintridge, CA, Nov. 10, 1956.)  A major figure in the modern history of the American petroleum industry, Harry Ford Sinclair was also active in both baseball and horse racing.  After several successful ventures in Oklahoma and the Midwest, Sinclair established Sinclair Oil and Refining […]

Benny Kauff

Benny Kauff (Baseball.  Born, Middleport, OH, Jan. 5, 1890; died, Columbus, OH, Nov. 17, 1961.)  Known as the “Ty Cobb of the Feds,” Benjamin Michael Kauff spent most of his early career under the control of the Yankees.  Kauff played only five games for them in 1912 and spent much of the next two years […]

Bill McKechnie

Bill McKechnie (Baseball. Born, Wilkensburg, PA, Aug. 7, 1886; died, Bradenton, FL, Oct. 29, 1965.) During a 12-season major league career (1907, 1910-20), William Boyd McKechnie played third base for eight big league teams in three leagues. McKechnie played for the Yankees (45 games in 1913) and the Giants (71 games in 1916), as well […]

Lee Magee

Lee Magee (Baseball. Born, Cincinnati, OH, June 4, 1889; died, Columbus, OH, Mar. 14, 1966.) Born Leopold Christopher Hoernschemeyer, Magee had a long and varied career in baseball, which included managing the Federal League club in Brooklyn in 1915. Magee was 53-64 before being replaced by John Ganzel. A playing manager, he was primarily a […]

Pat Powers

Pat Powers (Executive.  Born, Trenton, NJ, June 27, 1860; died, Belmar, NJ, Aug. 27, 1925.)  For nearly three decades, Patrick Thomas Powers was a major figure in New York-area sports.  He was involved with the promotion of early six-day bike races at Madison Square Garden in the 1890s after a brief stint managing the Giants […]

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 […]

Russ Ford

Russ Ford (Baseball.  Born, Brandon, Man., Apr. 25, 1883; died, Rockingham, NC, Jan. 24, 1960.)  While pitching as a semipro, Russell William Ford discovered that a well-scuffed baseball would do tricks.  A prime “emery ball” pitcher, Ford’s discovery got him to the major leagues.  The righthander perfected his art in the 3-I and Southern Association […]

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