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Dave Winfield

Dave Winfield (Baseball.  Born, St. Paul, MN, Oct. 3, 1951.)  After an elaborate mating dance that he began by chasing off other suitors, David Mark Winfield signed what was then the richest contract in baseball history to join the Yankees.  On Dec. 15, 1980, Winfield signed for 10 years with a deal estimated to be worth […]

George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner (Executive.  Born, Rocky River, OH, July 4, 1930; died, Tampa, FL, July 13, 2010.) One of the most visible figures in New York sports history, George Michael Steinbrenner, III, owned the Yankees longer than anyone else had, and reestablished the team as the sport’s flagship franchise team during his tumultuous 37-year ownership, though his […]

John McMullen

John McMullen (Hockey. Born, Jersey City, NJ, May 10, 1918; died, Montclair, NJ, Sept. 16, 2005.) During his long career, John Joseph McMullen was many things, including a U.S. Navy officer, a maritime engineer, a multi-millionaire, and a sports team owner. McMullen bought the N.H.L. Colorado franchise (with Brendan Byrne and John C. Whitehead) on […]

Gabe Paul

Gabe Paul (Baseball.  Born, Rochester, NY, Jan. 4, 1910; died, Tampa, FL, Apr. 26, 1998.)  A major league executive for nearly a half-century, Gabriel Howard Paul reestablished the Yankees as a dominant force in baseball.  Paul became president and de facto general manager of the Yankees when a syndicate headed by George Steinbrenner bought the club […]

Murray Chass

Murray Chass (Sportswriter.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 12, 1938.)  After more than 150 years, redefining baseball coverage was not a simple task, yet it was one accomplished by Murray Chass after he joined The New York Times in 1969.  Chass’ arrival at The Times was nearly coincident with the energizing of the Players Association and […]

Michael Burke

Michael Burke (Executive.  Born, Enfield, CT, June 8, 1916; died, Galway, Ireland, Feb. 5, 1987.)  One of the most colorful characters in New York sports in the 1960s and 1970s, Edward Michael Burke was president of both the Yankees (1966-73) and Madison Square Garden (1973-81).  Burke spent nearly a third of his life in Europe for […]

Dick Barnett

Dick Barnett (Pro basketball.  Born, Gary, IN, Oct. 2, 1936.)  During a more than eight-year career with the Knickerbockers, Dick Barnett earned the nickname “Fall Back, Baby” for his fire-and-retreat style of shooting. He also earned the respect of N.B.A. opponents for his accuracy, as he piled up 9,442 points (a 15.6-points-per-game average) in 604 […]

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