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Casey Stengel

Casey Stengel (Baseball.  Born, Kansas City, MO, July 30, 1889; died, Glendale, CA, Sept. 30, 1975.)  Charles Dillon Stengel for two decades was, perhaps, the most recognizable figure in baseball.  His period of great recognition began twenty years after his active playing career ended.  Casey Stengel was a better-than-journeyman outfielder.  He played with five National League […]

Jack Kearns

Jack Kearns (Boxing.  Born, Waterloo, MI, July 17, 1883; died, Miami Beach, FL, June 17, 1963.)  One of the celebrated characters of boxing for decades, Jack Kearns (born John Leo McKernan) managed six world champions.  Kearns managed heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey for eight years (1917-25) and combined with Tex Rickard to promote Dempsey into a million-dollar gate […]

Johnny Keane

Johnny Keane (Baseball.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Nov. 3, 1911; died, Houston, TX, Jan. 6, 1967.)  A man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time in Yankees history, John Joseph Keane managed St. Louis to victory in the 1964 World Series.  When the Yankees (who lost the Series to the Cardinals) dismissed […]

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 […]

Chuck Dressen

Chuck Dressen (Baseball.  Born, Decatur, IL, Sept. 20, 1898; died, Detroit, MI, Aug. 10, 1966.)  In three eventful seasons. Charles Walter Dressen made a distinct impression on the Brooklyn Dodgers.  In 1951, his first season, the Dodgers were able, through concentrated effort, to squander a 13½-game August lead over their hated crosstown rivals, the Giants, […]

Wild Bill Donovan

Wild Bill Donovan (Baseball.  Born, Lawrence, MA, Oct. 13, 1876; died, Forsyth, NY, Dec. 9, 1923.)  Nicknamed for his lack of control as a pitcher, William Edward Donovan was a modestly successful righthander for the Dodgers and a modestly unsuccessful manager for the Yankees.  Donovan first came to the majors with the N.L. Washington club […]

Bill Brady

Billy Brady (Boxing, bike racing.  Born, San Francisco, CA, June 19, 1863; died, New York, NY, Jan. 6, 1950.)  A successful Broadway producer and sports promoter, Billy Brady was also a theatre operator and the only man to manage two heavyweight champions.  Brady promoted bike racing champion Major Taylor and managed both James J. Corbett and […]

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