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Tag Archives: New York City Marathon

Grete Waitz

Grete Waitz  (Running.  Born, Oslo, Norway, Oct. 1, 1953; died, Oslo, Norway, April 19, 2011.)  When the New York City Marathon was run for the first time around Central Park, it was considered unusual for the time (1970) for women to be part of the entry field.  In fact, no woman finished that first race.  […]

Bill Rodgers

Bill Rodgers (Running.  Born, Hartford, CT, Dec. 23, 1947.)  William Rodgers was the right man in the right place at the right time for the history of the New York City Marathon.  When the Marathon moved out of Central Park and became a five-borough event in 1976, Rodgers not only won the event but set […]

Leon Schweir

Leon Schweir (Television sports.  Born, Manchester, CT, Aug. 17, 1952.)  Beginning his career with Connecticut Public Television in 1974, Leon Schweir worked with born ESPN and USA Network in 1979-80 before joining MSG Network as a staff producer and director in 1980.  Schweir produced Knicks telecasts from 1983-89, when MSG began televising the Yankees, and he […]

Stan Saplin

Stan Saplin (Public address.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 12, 1914; died, New York, NY, Mar. 1, 2002.)  One of the most respected figures in the New York sports field, Stanley Saplin became most identified with New York University during his long career. However, he also served such varied  organizations as the New York Rangers, the […]

Fred Lebow

Fred Lebow (Running. Born, Transylvania, Rumania, June 3, 1932; died, New York, NY, Oct. 9, 1994.) Few individuals can claim to be virtually the single-handed inspiration for national interest by millions of Americans in anything. Fred Lebow is perhaps unique in that he has done it twice. As a member of the Central Park runners […]

Charlie McCabe

Charlie McCabe (Marketing. Born, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 27, 1937.) A banking executive who exerted enormous influence in New York sports, Charles Henry McCabe, Jr., supported dozens of events through sponsorships. McCabe created a substantial image for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company by sponsoring events such as the New York City Marathon (starting in 1976), Mets […]

Joey Goldstein

Joey Goldstein (Public relations.  Born, Conway, SC, July 20, 1927; died, Boca Raton, FL, Feb. 14, 2009.)  Cast in the mold of the great Broadway press agents of the 1930s and ’40s, Joey Goldstein carved a unique position for himself in the world of sports as the most dynamic, exciting and, sometimes, controversial public relations […]

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