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Nap Reyes

Nap Reyes (Baseball.  Born, San Luis, Cuba, Nov. 24, 1919; died, Miami, FL, Sept. 15, 1995.)  Since his native Cuba wasn’t at war, Napoleon Reyes (Aguilera) was available.  Reyes was also versatile, playing the outfield and all infield positions.  Giants coach Dolf Luque, also a Cuban native, managed Reyes in winter ball in 1941 and […]

Burt Shotton

Burt Shotton (Baseball.  Born, Brownhelm, OH, Oct. 18, 1884; died, Lake Wales, FL, July 29, 1962.)  Managing the Brooklyn Dodgers twice to the N.L. pennant, Burton Edwin (Barney) Shotton seemed to play musical managerial chairs with Leo Durocher.  Shotton was first summoned to Flatbush when Durocher was suspended for the year by Commissioner Happy Chandler just […]

Mickey Owen

Mickey Owen (Baseball.  Born, Nixa, MO, Apr. 4, 1916; died, Mount Vernon, MO, July 13, 2005.)  In the long catalogue of Brooklyn Dodgers frustration in World Series games, Arnold Malcolm Owen always earns prominent mention.  Mickey Owen failed to catch a third strike to the Yankees Tommy Henrich that would have ended the fourth game of […]

Danny Gardella

Danny Gardella (Baseball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 26, 1920; died, Yonkers, NY, Mar. 6, 2005.)  Far better known as the man who nearly brought down the reserve clause in 1949, Daniel Lewis Gardella was an outfielder with the wartime Giants.  Gardella had a spotty minor league career with six teams (1939-42) before becoming a […]

Ford Frick

Ford Frick (Baseball.  Born, Wawaka, IN., Dec. 19, 1894; Bronxville, NY, Apr. 8, 1978.)  Although his impact on the events was minimal, Ford Christopher Frick left baseball dramatically different than he found it after 14 years as Commissioner.  A graduate of Indiana’s DePauw University, and a former schoolteacher in Colorado, Frick came to New York […]

Leo Durocher

Leo Durocher (Baseball.  Born, West Springfield, MA, July 27, 1905; died, Palm Springs, CA, Oct. 7, 1991.)  One of the most colorful and controversial figures in the history of New York baseball, Leo Ernest Durocher was a brash and flamboyant man who rose from being an average major league infielder to celebrated managerial mastermind.  Durocher […]

Happy Chandler

Happy Chandler (Baseball.  Born, Corydon, KY, July 14, 1898; died, Versailles, KY, June 15, 1991.)  A brash, noisy product of old-style Kentucky Democratic politics, Albert Benjamin Chandler was the second commissioner of baseball (1945-51).  Chandler was also Lieutenant Governor (1931-35), twice Governor (1935-39, 1955-59) and U.S. Senator (1939-45) of his native state.  He followed Kennesaw […]

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