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Dave Winfield

Dave Winfield (Baseball.  Born, St. Paul, MN, Oct. 3, 1951.)  After an elaborate mating dance that he began by chasing off other suitors, David Mark Winfield signed what was then the richest contract in baseball history to join the Yankees.  On Dec. 15, 1980, Winfield signed for 10 years with a deal estimated to be worth […]

John Williamson

John Williamson (Pro basketball.  Born, New Haven, CT, November 10, 1952; died New Haven, CT, Nov. 30, 1996.)  Signed as a free agent in 1973 by the New York Nets, John Lee (Super John) Williamson was a powerhouse guard who played critical roles in the Nets’ A.B.A. championships in 1974 and 1976.  Williamson averaged 14.5 points […]

Jeff Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy (Pro Basketball.  Born, Hemet, CA, Jan. 19, 1962.)  When he succeeded Don Nelson and became the 18th coach of the Knicks history on Mar. 8, 1996, Jeff Van Gundy was just 34, the N.B.A.’s second-youngest bench boss. However, he had already served almost seven seasons as an assistant coach under Stu Jackson, […]

Mendy Rudolph

Mendy Rudolph (Pro basketball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Mar. 8, 1938; died, New York, NY, July 4, 1979.)  During most of his record 17 seasons in the league, Marvin Rudolph was the N.B.A.’s best-known referee.  Rudolph joined the league in 1958 and worked 2,113 games during his career, including appearances in 16 straight N.B.A. championship series […]

Bert Rosenthal

Bert Rosenthal (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 10, 1936.)  Following his graduation from City College, Bert Rosenthal joined The Associated Press’ New York sports desk as a baseball statistician under Ben Olan in 1957.  Rosenthal was later to become one of the country’s leading track and field writers.  He moved to the A.P. Bureau […]

John Starks

John Starks (Pro basketball.  Born, Tulsa, OK, Aug. 10, 1965.)  During his eight seasons (1990-98) with them, John Starks was among the most popular of Knicks players.  Starks, a 6’5″ guard, played semipro and minor league basketball before signing as a free agent Oct. 1, 1990, and making the team.  His gritty style and work-hard ethic […]

Kerry Kittles

Kerry Kittles (Pro basketball.  Born, Dayton, OH, June 12, 1974.)  The only player in Villanova history to score over 2,000 career points, Kerry Kittles was raised in New Orleans, La., where he was graduated by St. Augustine H.S.  After being the first Villanova player to be a first- team A.P. All-America choice in 25 years, […]

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd (Pro basketball.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Mar. 23, 1973.)  Jason Frederick Kidd has been one of America’s most talked-about and written-about basketball players since 1990-91, when he led his high school, St. Joseph of Notre Dame (Alameda, Calif.), to the first of two straight state Div. I championships.  Unlike many other highly-touted scholastic […]

Walter Kennedy

Walter Kennedy (Executive.  Born, Stamford, CT, June 8, 1912; died, Stamford, CT, June 26, 1977.)  An energetic man of high integrity, James Walter Kennedy was commissioner of the N.B.A. for 12 years (1963-75), during which time the league grew from nine teams to 17.  Kennedy began his term by negotiating the league’s first major national television […]

Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy (Basketball.  Born, Hoboken, NJ, Jan. 28, 1908; died, New York, NY, June 16, 1957.)  Starting a career in 1928 that made him the most famous basketball referee of his time, Matthew P. Kennedy was, to say the least, flamboyant.  Kennedy would rush across the court pointing at the miscreant when a foul was […]

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