New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

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Damon Runyon

Damon Runyon (Sportswriter.  Born, Manhattan, KS, Oct. 4, 1884; died, New York, NY, Dec. 10, 1946.)  Alfred Damon Runyon is one of the unique characters of American sportswriting.  He became one of the towering literary figures of the 1920s and 1930s from a base that was essentially rooted in sports.  After a newspaper career that […]

Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson (Sportswriting. Born, Henryville, P.Q., Nov. 26, 1853; died, New York, NY, Oct. 25, 1921.) While it was sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction, there is no denying that William Barclay Masterson was one of the most famous gunslingers of the Old West in America. Masterson had been a famed name since the […]

Two-Ton Tony Galento

Two-Ton Tony Galento (Boxing.  Born, Orange, NJ, Mar. 12, 1910; died, Livingston, NJ, July 22, 1979.)  Among the most colorful and popular characters in boxing during his career, Dominic Anthony Galento was a heavy heavyweight contender in the 1930s.  Galento’s most celebrated bout came against champion Joe Louis June 28, 1939, before 34,852 at Yankee Stadium, […]

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