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Branch Rickey

Branch Rickey (Baseball.  Born, Stockdale, OH, Dec. 20, 1881; died, Columbia, MO, Dec. 9, 1965.)  When Branch Rickey came to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942, he inherited a club that had won the 1941 National League championship.  The team, however, was soon to yield to the ravages of age, accelerated by the onset of World […]

Wee Willie Keeler

Wee Willie Keeler (Baseball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 3, 1872; died, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 1, 1923.)  “Hit ‘em where they ain’t” was how William Henry Keeler explained his success as a major league hitter.  Keeler was more than a success.  He was great despite his size (or lack of it) at 5”4½’, 140 pounds.  Keeler, […]

George Moriarty

George Moriarty (Baseball. Born, Chicago, IL, July 7, 1884; died, Miami, FL, Apr. 8, 1964.) He spent three seasons with the Highlanders (later the Yankees), primarily as a third baseman, but George Joseph Moriarty gained his greatest notice as an A.L. umpire for 22 seasons (1917-26, 1929-40). As a player, Moriarty hit .234 in 1906, […]

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 […]

Dave Fultz

Dave Fultz (Baseball.  Born, Staunton, VA, May 29, 1875; died, DeLand, FL, Oct. 30, 1959.)  Although earning a footnote in Yankees history as the man who got the team’s first extra-base hit in 1903, David Lewis Fultz was better known as an organizer and administrator.  Following a major league outfield stint with Philadelphia (N.L. 1898-99 […]

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 […]

Melbourne Downing

Melbourne Downing (Baseball.  Born, Killorgin, Ireland, Oct. 25, 1869; died, Holyoke, MA, Dec. 31, 1958.)  In a 17-year career encompassing stops with 10 teams in three different major leagues, John Joseph Doyle played for Brooklyn and the Giants, and ended his playing career with the 1905 Highlanders.  He was the first to play for those […]

Bill Devery

Bill Devery (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 9, 1854; died, Far Rockaway, NY, June 20, 1919.)  A notoriously corrupt police official, William S. Devery was also one of the founding owners of the team that became the Yankees.  Devery joined the City Police force in 1874 and almost instantly became controversial for his shakedowns and […]

Happy Jack Chesbro

Happy Jack Chesbro (Baseball.  Born, North Adams, MA, June 5, 1874; died, Conway, MA, Nov. 6, 1931.)  The reverberations that followed from the 1904 A.L. pennant race were created almost entirely by righthanded spitballer John Dwight Chesbro, who nearly pitched the nascent Highlanders (later known as the Yankees) to the league title.  Chesbro’s 41 wins […]

Hal Chase

Hal Chase (Baseball.  Born, Los Gatos, CA, Feb. 13, 1883; died, Colusa, CA, May 18, 1947.)  A brilliant defensive first baseman, a solid hitter, and a thoroughly unsavory character, Harold Homer Chase played parts of nine seasons with the Yankees (then known as the Highlanders) and managed them for a bit over a season.  Chase […]

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