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

Tag Archives: John McEnroe

Frank Hammond

Frank Hammond (Tennis.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 16, 1929; died, Staten Island, NY, Nov. 23, 1995.)  Considered the first full-time tennis chair umpire during the 1980s, Frank M. Hammond had his most famous moment in 1979 when he was removed from the chair during a U.S. Open match.  On Aug. 30, third-seeded (and eventual […]

John McEnroe

John McEnroe (Tennis. Born, Wiesbaden, West Germany, Feb. 16, 1959.) John Patrick McEnroe, Jr., was often considered a tennis artist, using a deft touch and the possibilities afforded by the game’s geometry to craft court brilliance. And, like many artists, he was boorish, vulgar, and impatient with societal norms, his transgressions sometimes – though not […]

Vitas Gerulaitis

Vitas Gerulaitis (Tennis.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 26, 1954; died, Southampton, NY, Sept. 18, 1994.)  Leaving Columbia after his freshman year to turn pro was a good decision for Vitas K. Gerulaitis, although it generated some condemnation at the time.  By 1977, Gerulaitis had broken into the top 10 money winners on the pro tour, […]

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg (Tennis.  Born, Sodertalje, Sweden, June 6, 1956.)  Seldom has any world-class athlete come to New York more often for more frustration than Bjorn Borg.  Borg first appeared in the U.S. Open in 1972 and played every year through 1981, compiling a 40-10 record.  Although he was a dominant player everywhere in the world […]

Smokey Alston

Smokey Alston (Baseball.  Born, Venice, OH, Dec. 1, 1911; died, Oxford, OH, Oct. 1, 1984.)  Although his major league playing career was limited to one at-bat with the St. Louis Cardinals (he struck out), Walter Emmons Alston earned a special place in the hearts of Brooklyn Dodgers fans.  Alston managed the club its last four […]

About This Dictionary

The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel. We welcome public and scholarly contributions and suggestions.

Share Our Blog!

Sort by Last Name

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Support n-yhs

Help us support our sports database and other collections.

About Bill Shannon

A prolific author, wire service sports reporter, long time Major League Baseball official scorer, football statistician, sports museum founder, theatrical agency owner and public ... read more

Submission Form

* (denotes required field)

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy