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Frank Cashen

Frank Cashen  (Baseball.  Born, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 13, 1925.)  There is little doubt that J. Frank Cashen was the principal architect of the Mets championship team of 1986.  Having previously served the Orioles in his native Baltimore, Cashen was working in the office of Commissioner Bowie Kuhn when the Mets were sold by the Payson […]

Mel Woody

Mel Woody (Sportswriter.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 18, 1922; died, Anderson, SC, Mar. 15, 2007.)  As the last writer for the Newark Evening News to cover the baseball Giants, Esteen Melvin Woody also was the last to cover the Mets before the paper folded Aug. 31, 1972.  Woody joined the News in 1947 as […]

Mookie Wilson

Mookie Wilson (Baseball.  Born, Bamberg, SC, Feb. 9, 1956.)  Coming to the Mets late in the 1980 season, William Hayward Wilson almost immediately became a fan favorite.  In his first full season (the strike-shortened 1981 campaign), Wilson established himself as a more-or-less regular centerfielder, hitting .271 with 24 stolen bases in 92 games.  He set […]

Fred Wilpon

Fred Wilpon (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 22, 1936.) A graduate of the University of Michigan, Fred Wilpon entered the real estate field as vice president of Hanover Equities in 1959 and a decade later moved to Peter Sharp & Co. Since 1971, he has been chairman of Sterling Equities and owner of extensive real […]

George Willis

George Willis (Sportswriter.  Born, Las Cruces, NM, May 31, 1960.)  After covering virtually every major sport for three newspapers, George Allen Willis became a columnist for the Post in 1997.  Willis began his career as a general-assignment sportswriter for the Memphis (Tenn.) Commercial Appeal in 1983 and came to New York four years later.  He […]

Ben Walker

Ben Walker (Sportswriter.  Born, Washington, DC, Oct. 8, 1957.)  A bulwark of The Associated Press coverage for over two decades, Benjamin Staud Walker has covered every World Series game since 1983 and every baseball All-Star Game since 1984.  Walker joined the A.P. in 1980 in Albany, N.Y., out of Syracuse U.  He moved to the […]

Frank Viola

Frank Viola (College and pro baseball.  Born, Hempstead, NY, Apr. 19, 1960.)  Probably the finest lefthander produced by St. John’s, Frank John Viola was 26-2 in his three collegiate seasons with a 1.67 e.r.a.  Viola pitched the Redmen into the 1980 College World Series and the 1981 N.C.A.A. playoffs.  He was the winning pitcher in […]

Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine (Baseball.  Born, Stamford, CT, May 13, 1950.)  Though his relationship with the press was often tempestuous, Robert John Valentine presided over the development of the Mets into one of baseball’s most exciting teams in the late 1990s.  He became the first Mets manager ever to guide the club into the post-season in successive […]

Joe Torre

Joe Torre (Baseball.  Born Brooklyn, NY, July 18, 1940.) On November 2, 1995, Joseph Paul Torre became the 31st field manager of the Yankees and, within less than a year, he was only the eighth to manage the team to a World Series championship. The Yankees won four World Series and six A.L. pennants in his […]

Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas (Baseball.  Born, Pittsbugh, PA, June 11, 1929.)  It perhaps said more about the early Mets than about his ability that Frank Joseph Thomas was the first real star of the team.  Thomas was a dead pull hitter from the right side whose stroke was ideally suited to the leftfield confines of the Polo […]

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