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Mel Triplett

(Pro football.  Born, Indianola, MS, Dec. 24, 1930; died, Toledo, OH, July 2, 2002.)  A high school football, basketball, track and field, and gymnastics star, Melvin Christopher Triplett chose to attend the University of Toledo after receiving twenty-six scholarship offers to play football.  After his graduation, the Giants made him the 56th overall pick in […]

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 […]

Jerry Koosman

Jerry Koosman (Baseball. Born, Appleton, Minn., Dec. 23, 1943.) The primary lefthanded starter on two Mets pennant winners, Jerry Martin Koosman was both a 20-game winner and 20-game loser (in successive seasons) in his 12 seasons with the team. Koosman was a durable pitcher who made 30 or more starts all but one of those […]

Tony Jackson

Tony Jackson (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 24, 1940; died, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 28, 2005.)  An electrifying jump shooter, Tony B. Jackson lost a chance at an N.B.A. career when he was tainted by the 1961 college basketball point shaving scandals for failing to report a bribe offer.  Instead, he became an All-Star in […]

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