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Grandma Murphy

Grandma Murphy (Baseball. Born, New York, NY, July 14, 1908; died, New York, NY, Jan. 14, 1970.) From Fordham to general manager of the Mets’ 1969 world champions, John Joseph Murphy earned his greatest fame (and his nickname) as a sterling Yankees reliever in the 1930s. Murphy was signed by Paul Krichell off the Rose […]

Gil McDougald

Gil McDougald (Baseball. Born, San Francisco, CA, May 19, 1928; died, Wall Township, NJ, Nov. 28, 2010.) Among the unsung heroes of seven Yankee pennant-winners in the 1950s, Gilbert James McDougald was the epitome of the utility man. McDougald, regrettably, is most remembered as the hitter whose line drive in May 1957 hit lefthander Herb […]

Frankie Frisch

Frankie Frisch (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 9, 1898; died, Wilmington, DE, Mar. 12, 1973.)  Frankie Francis Frisch was known throughout his baseball career as the “Fordham Flash” for good reason.  Fordham  incubated Frisch’s talents. He attended Fordham Grammar School, Fordham Prep and Fordham College.  His speed earned him the sobriquet “flash” as a youngster and […]

Jack Coffey

Jack Coffey (College baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 28, 1887; died, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 14, 1966.)  An all-around athlete, John Francis Coffey became Fordham’s varsity baseball coach his senior year (1909) at the school.  For 38 of the next 49 years, Coffey coached Rams baseball, winning 817, losing 318, and recording nine ties […]

Paul Blair

Paul Blair (Baseball.  Born, Cushing, OK, Feb. 1, 1944.)  A superb defensive centerfielder who resurrected his career after being hit in the face with a pitch in 1970, Paul L.D. Blair also became embroiled in a classic “Bronx Zoo” Yankees moment in 1977.  Blair spent 13 seasons (1964-76) with Baltimore but hit only .197 in […]

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