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Dave Klein

Dave Klein (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Mar. 10, 1940.)  Three times in six years, David S. Klein had his work chosen as the No. 1 submission to the Best Sports Stories anthology.  Klein was adjudged the winner in the national compendium in 1974 for his coverage of the Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King tennis match in […]

Junius Kellogg

Junius Kellogg (College basketball.  Born, Haverstraw, NY, Mar. 16, 1927; died, The Bronx, NY, Sept. 16, 1998.)  As a sophomore center on the Manhattan College varsity, Junius Kellogg reported a bribe offer to coach Ken Norton, triggering the 1951 “point-shaving” scandal that enveloped college basketball.  The scandal eventually included not only Manhattan but such national […]

Larry Holmes

Larry Holmes (Boxing. Born, Cuthbert, GA, Nov. 3, 1949.)  No heavyweight ever demonstrated a sharper left jab than Larry Holmes. He could unleash his signature punch while back pedaling and still snap an opponent’s head. This was the consummate boxer. Though not particularly fast, Holmes mastered the art of cutting off the ring until his […]

Jack Powers

Jack Powers (College basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Oct. 22, 1935.)  A three-year star at Manhattan, John J. Powers then became the school’s head basketball coach (1968-78) and athletic director (1980-87) before becoming executive director of the N.I.T. in 1988.  A 6’2” guard, Powers played on Jaspers teams that were 47-27 in his three varsity […]

George Foreman

George Foreman (Boxing. Born, Marshall, TX, Jan. 10, 1949.)  Heavyweight George Foreman first captured public attention by winning an Olympic gold medal in 1968.  He made his professional debut in Madison Square Garden on June 23, 1969 with a third round knockout over journeyman Don Waldheim. After that victory, Foreman turned New York City into […]

Neil Cohalan

Neil Cohalan (College and pro basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, July 31, 1906; died, New York, NY, Dec. 2, 1967.)  As the first coach of the Knickerbockers in 1946, Cornelius J. Cohalan brought an illustrious background from Manhattan College.  Cohalan won 11 letters in football, basketball, track and field, and baseball for the Jaspers before […]

Michael Burke

Michael Burke (Executive.  Born, Enfield, CT, June 8, 1916; died, Galway, Ireland, Feb. 5, 1987.)  One of the most colorful characters in New York sports in the 1960s and 1970s, Edward Michael Burke was president of both the Yankees (1966-73) and Madison Square Garden (1973-81).  Burke spent nearly a third of his life in Europe for […]

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (Boxing.  Born, Louisville, KY, Jan. 17, 1942.)  Known in his earlier years as Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali is one of the most exciting and controversial heavyweight champions in the history of the sport and, by his own admission, “The Greatest.”  Ali was the national A.A.U. light heavyweight champion, the Golden Gloves heavyweight titlist […]

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