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Dixie Walker

Dixie Walker (Baseball.  Born, Villa Rica, GA, Sept. 24, 1910; died, Birmingham, AL, May 17, 1982.)  Another Yankees reject who made his name in Brooklyn, Fred Walker was doubtless one of the best $10,000 investments in baseball history.  After parts of five seasons with the Yankees, Walker was sent to the White Sox via waivers […]

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson (Baseball.  Born, Cairo, GA, Jan. 31, 1919; died, Stamford, CT, Oct. 24, 1972.)  Jack Roosevelt Robinson is more than a baseball figure.  He is a goliath among Americans.  Introduced by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as the first black man to play in the modern history of the major leagues, Robinson accomplished astounding […]

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 […]

Eddie Stanky

Eddie Stanky (Baseball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 3, 1916; died, Fairhope, AL, June 6, 1999.)  About half of Edward Raymond Stanky’s 11-year career was spent with New York teams.  The Brat spent almost four years with the Dodgers (1944-47) and two more with the Giants (1950-51).  He helped both win pennants.  Stanky hit .252 and was […]

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 […]

Don Newcombe

Don Newcombe (Baseball.  Born, Madison, NJ, June 14, 1926.)  An overpowering right-hander, big Don Newcombe was one of the key players on the great post-World War II Brooklyn Dodgers championship teams. He was a three-time 20-game winner and, in 1956, had a 27-7 record that led the National League.  Newcombe came to Ebbets Field in […]

Tom Greenwade

Tom Greenwade (Baseball.  Born, Willard, MO, Aug. 21, 1904; died, Ash Grove, MO, Aug. 10, 1986.)  After a minor league career was ended by an arm injury, Thomas Greenwade became a manager in the minors and then, in 1941, a scout.  Greenwade started with the old St. Louis Browns but was hired by the Brooklyn […]

Junior Gilliam

Junior Gilliam (Baseball.  Born, Nashville, TN, Oct. 17, 1928; died, Inglewood, CA, Oct. 8, 1978.)  Signed by the Dodgers out of the Negro National League in 1950, James William Gilliam hit .287 at Montreal of the International League in his first season.  A year later, Gilliam hit .301, drove in 112 runs, and scored a […]

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 […]

Al Campanis

Al Campanis (Baseball.  Born, Kos, Greece, Nov. 2, 1916; died, Fullerton, CA, June 21, 1998.)  Born in the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, Alexander Sebastian Campanis emigrated to the U.S. with his family at age six.  Campanis was a natural all-around athlete.  He was a multi-sport standout at Manhattan’s George Washington H.S. and then matriculated at N.Y.U.  […]

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