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Ross Youngs

Ross Youngs (Baseball.  Born, Shiner, TX, Apr. 10, 1897; died, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 22, 1927.)  Of all the players he managed during his lengthy reign (1902-32) at the helm of the New York Giants, John McGraw had no more than three personal favorites.  Christy Mathewson was certainly one, the young Mel Ott was probably another, and […]

Jeff Tesreau

Jeff Tesreau (Baseball.  Born, Silver Mine, MO, Mar. 5, 1899; died, Hanover, NH, Sept. 24, 1946.)  Beginning with a semipro club in Perryville, Mo., Charles Monroe Tesreau became a standout righthander with the Giants and then a popular coach at Dartmouth.  Tesreau was 22-15 in two seasons in the Texas League when his contract was sold […]

Bill Terry

Bill Terry (Baseball.  Born, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 30, 1898; died, Jacksonville, FL, Jan. 9, 1989.)  William Harold Terry was not only the best National League first baseman of his time, but he also compiled a lifetime .341 average in 14 seasons with the New York Giants and managed the team to three pennants.  Terry joined […]

Wilbert Robinson

Wilbert Robinson (Baseball.  Born, Hudson, MA, June 29, 1864; died, Atlanta, GA, Aug. 8, 1934.)  After a distinguished playing career as a catcher with Philadelphia (1886-90), Baltimore (1890-99), St. Louis (1900), and Baltimore again (for the new American League franchise, 1901-02), Wilbert Robinson became known to a whole new generation of baseball fans as manager […]

Charles Stoneham

Charles Stoneham (Baseball.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, July 5, 1876; died, Hot Springs, AR, Jan. 6, 1936.)  During the months immediately after the end of World War I (Nov. 11, 1918), there was great anxiety in baseball circles as to whether the sport would recover from its war-shortened 1918 season and whether the game could recapture […]

Bill Klem

Bill Klem (Baseball.  Born, Rochester, NY, Feb. 22, 1874; died, Miami, FL Sept. 1, 1951.)  Considered by most observers the greatest umpire ever, William Joseph Klem once told players waiting for a call, “It ain’t nothing till I call it.”  When he did call it, Klem rarely missed one in an N.L. career that spanned […]

Freddie Lindstrom

Freddie Lindstrom (Baseball. Born, Chicago, IL, Nov. 21, 1905; died, Chicago, IL, Oct. 4, 1981.) In the 1924 World Series, Frederick Charles Lindstrom became part of baseball lore for three reasons. Lindstrom became the youngest man ever to appear in a Series (18 years, 10 months, 13 days), played all seven games (getting 10 hits, […]

Tom Meany

Tom Meany (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 21, 1903; died, New York, NY, Sept. 11, 1964.) A well-travelled but very skilled member of the sportswriting corps, Thomas William Meany was also the Mets’ first public relations director in 1962. Meany covered the Dodgers for the Brooklyn Daily Times for six seasons, starting in 1923, and […]

John McGraw

John McGraw (Baseball. Born, Truxton, NY, Apr.7, 1873; died, New York, NY, Feb. 25, 1934.) Colorful, combative and creative, John Joseph McGraw is one of the most significant characters in the history of New York baseball. McGraw came to the Giants as their manager in 1902 and transformed the team. New York had not been […]

Mel Ott

Mel Ott (Baseball.  Born, Gretna, LA, Nov. 21, 1909; died, New Orleans, LA, Nov. 21, 1958.)  Melvin Thomas Ott won six National League home run crowns during his long career with the New York Giants.  At his retirement in 1947, he had hit more home runs than any other man in N.L. history (511).  Ott […]

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