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Eddie Layton

Eddie Layton (Organist. Born, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 19, 1925; died, Forest Hills, NY, Dec. 26, 2004.) In one of the strange twists of fate, Eddie Layton began his college studies as a potential meteorologist minoring in music and wound up as the organist at both Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. He was playing for […]

William J. Donovan

William J. Donovan (College football.  Born, Buffalo, NY, Jan. 1, 1883; died, Washington, DC, Feb. 8, 1959.)  Known primarily as the founder of the Office of Strategic Services, Gen. William J. Donovan was also influential in college football.  Donovan was a backup quarterback for Columbia (1903-05) who also rowed crew (1904-06) and ran track (1906).  […]

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 […]

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