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Roy Worters

Roy Worters (Hockey.  Born, Toronto, Ont., Oct. 19, 1900; died, Toronto, Ont., Nov. 7, 1957.)  Known as “Shrimp” because of his 5’3”, 135-pound stature, Roy Worters was also one of the best N.H.L. goaltenders of the 1920s and 1930s.  Worters was the goalie for the Pittsburgh amateur team that joined the N.H.L. in 1925.  On […]

John Reed Kilpatrick

John Reed Kilpatrick (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, June 15, 1889; died, New York, NY, May 7, 1960.)  An end who earned All-America honors at Yale in 1909 and 1910, John Reed Kilpatrick was a military officer, a construction executive, a boxing promoter, president of the Rangers for the better part of three decades, and […]

Barney Kremenko

Barney Kremenko (Spotrswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, May 8, 1909; died, Mineola, NY, Jan. 20, 1990.) Easily one of the most popular sportswriters of his time, Bernard Irwin Kremenko worked for the Journal-American for 27 years (1939-66). During that period, Kremenko covered many of the most famous moments in New York baseball history, including Bobby Thomson’s […]

Ching Johnson

Ching Johnson (Hockey.  Born, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dec. 7, 1897; died, Silver Spring, MD, June 16, 1979.)  As the backbone of the defense that helped the New York Rangers win two Stanley Cups (1928 and 1933), Ivan Johnson ranks as one of the finest backliners in hockey annals.  Ching was anything but polite, however, leading the […]

Tom Harmon

Tom Harmon (Pro football.  Born, Gary, IN, Sept. 28, 1919; died, Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 15, 1990.)  A little-known fact about the 1940 Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan is that Thomas Dudley Harmon played his first pro game in New York.  Harmon played one game for the New York Americans of the American Football League in […]

Al Laney

Al Laney (Sportswriter. Born, Pensacola, FL, Jan. 11, 1896; died, Spring Valley, NY, Jan. 31, 1988.) Starting with the Pensacola Journal in his birthplace, Albert Gillies Laney moved to newspapers in Dallas, Tex., amd Minneapolis, Minn., before joining the U.S. Army during World War I. After two years in the service, Laney mustered out in […]

Bunk MacBeth

Bunk MacBeth (Sportswriter. Born, Ingersoll, Ont., Aug. 19, 1884; died, Saratoga Springs, NY, Aug. 5, 1937.) Very few sportswriters can claim to have helped bring a major sport to a major city, but William J. MacBeth is one about whom that can be said. Bill MacBeth was largely responsible for bringing the N.H.L. to New […]

Shorty Green

Shorty Green (Hockey.  Born, Sudbury, Ont., July 17, 1896; died, Sudbury, Ont., Apr. 19, 1960.)  When the Americans were created in 1925 out of the wreckage that had been the Hamilton Tigers to become New York’s first N.H.L. team, Wilfred (Shorty) Green was one of the better players brought to the Garden.  Green had scored […]

Tommy Gorman

Tommy Gorman (Hockey.  Born, Ottawa, Ont., June 9, 1886; died, Ottawa, Ont., May 15, 1961.)  Among the most influential figures in bringing the N.H.L. to the United States, Thomas Patrick Gorman was also the business manager of seven teams that won the Stanley Cup.  Gorman was deputized by N.H.L. president Frank Calder to expand the N.H.L. […]

Eddie Gerard

Eddie Gerard (Hockey.  Born, Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 22, 1890; died, Ottawa, Ont., Aug. 7, 1937.)  A star with the original Ottawa Senators in the N.H.A. and N.H.L. (1913-23), Edward George Gerard coached the Americans for two seasons (1929-31).  Gerard previously was bench coach for the Montreal Maroons, winning the Stanley Cup in 1926.  He was […]

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