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Toots Shor

Toots Shor (Drinking.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, May 6, 1903; died, New York, NY, Jan. 23, 1977.)  A magnificent character who cast a big shadow in the New York sports world for decades, Bernard Shor was basically a saloon keeper who liked his own products very much.  After working in several other local establishments (most notably Leon […]

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 […]

Buddy Kerr

Buddy Kerr (Baseball.  Born, Astoria, New York, Nov. 6, 1922; died, New York, NY, Nov. 7, 2006.)  A lean, lantern-jawed shortstop with a great glove is the way most Giants fans remember John Joseph Kerr.  Kerr did not start out as a smooth fielder.  Despite hitting just .209 at Jersey City, he was called up […]

Don Mueller

Don Mueller (Baseball. Born, St. Louis, MO, Apr. 14, 1927; died, St. Louis, MO, Dec. 28, 2011.) Known to his teammates as “Mandrake the Magician” for his skill in handling the bat, Donald Fred Mueller was a lefthand choke-up hitter who was key to the Giants’ 1951 and 1954 N.L. pennant winners. Mueller had an […]

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 […]

Ruben Gomez

Ruben Gomez (Baseball.  Born, Arroyo, P.R., July 13, 1927; died, Carolina, P.R., July 26, 2004.)  Noted perhaps more for walks and hit batsmen that pitching efficiency, Ruben Colon Gomez was nonetheless critical to the Giants’ 1954 world championship, their last in New York.  Gomez had by far his best major league season that year with […]

Carl Furillo

Carl Furillo (Baseball.  Born, Stony Creek Mills, PA, Mar. 8, 1922; died, Stony Creek Mills, PA, Jan. 21, 1989.)  “Skoonj” and “The Reading Rifle” were two of the nicknames hung on rightfielder Carl Anthony Furillo during his years with the  Brooklyn Dodgers.  The opposition mainly called him “poison.”  Famed as one of the best throwing […]

Leo Durocher

Leo Durocher (Baseball.  Born, West Springfield, MA, July 27, 1905; died, Palm Springs, CA, Oct. 7, 1991.)  One of the most colorful and controversial figures in the history of New York baseball, Leo Ernest Durocher was a brash and flamboyant man who rose from being an average major league infielder to celebrated managerial mastermind.  Durocher […]

Alvin Dark

Alvin Dark (Baseball.  Comanche, OK, Jan. 7, 1922.)  A football player at L.S.U., Alvin Ralph Dark was the 1948 N.L. Rookie of the Year with the pennant-winning Boston Braves.  But much of his career is connected to the Giants (both in New York and San Francisco).  Dark was traded by Boston to New York Dec. […]

Walker Cooper

Walker Cooper (Baseball.  Born, Atherton, Mo., Jan. 8, 1915; died, Scottsdale, AZ, Apr. 11, 1991.)  Once part of a celebrated brother battery with the St. Louis Cardinals, William Walker Cooper was a capable catcher who thrived during a short tour with the Giants.  Cooper’s brother, righthander Mort, was the N.L. M.V.P. in 1942, when he […]

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