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Robert F. Kelley

Robert F. Kelley (Sportswriter.  Born, Narragansett Pier, RI, Sept. 15, 1900; died, Huntington, NY, Dec. 14, 1975.)  Emerging as a man for many seasons, Robert Fulton Paul Anthony Kelley began his career at the New York Evening Post in 1920.  Kelley covered horse racing, a little baseball, polo, yachting, and even the occasional football game.  […]

Rich Kahn

Rich Kahn (Public address.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 27, 1951.)  A television public relations executive, Richard A. Kahn served as the Jets public address announcer for 19 seasons (1983-2001).  Kahn’s first season was the team’s last at Shea Stadium.  His tenure was the longest in that job ever for the Jets.  Kahn also did public […]

Mickey Morabito

Mickey Morabito (Baseball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 11, 1951.) Beginning as the on-field liaison among umpires, the bench, and the press box, Michael Morabito advanced to assistant director of public relations of the Yankees in 1974. Under Marty Appel, Morabito was part of the staff when the Yankees both moved back into the renovated Yankee […]

Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz (Pro football.  Born, Follansbee, WV, Jan. 6, 1937.)  One of the most successful college football coaches of his time, Louis L. Holtz spent slightly less than one ill-fated season as Jets head coach.  Holtz led North Carolina State to a 31-11-2 record in four seasons before being hired as Jets coach Feb. 10, […]

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy (Television sports. Born, The Bronx, NY, April 1, 1960.) Executive producer of MSG Sports (1992-2005) and FOX Sports New York (1997-2005), Mike McCarthy was chief production executive for Mets, Knicks, Liberty, Rangers, Nets, Islanders, and Devils telecasts, and various sports news productions on these cable networks. McCarthy was also executive producer of Yankees telecasts […]

Lauren Matthews

Lauren Matthews (Public address. Born, Derby, CT, July 2, 1947.) As a member of the Mets promotion department, Lauren Ellsworth Matthews also served as the team’s public address announcer for nearly seven seasons. Matthews replaced the late Jack Lightcap during the 1970 season and was the Mets voice at Shea Stadium through 1976. He was […]

Pete Lammons

Pete Lammons (Pro football. Born, Crockett, TX, Oct. 20, 1943.) As a linebacker and end at Texas, Pete Spencer Lammons, Jr., attracted only mild interest from pro scouts. Lammons was thought to be too small to be a linebacker and too slow to be an end. He did intercept two passes by Alabama’s Joe Namath […]

Bill Arnsparger

Bill Arnsparger (Pro football.  Born, Paris, KY, Dec. 16, 1926.)  William Stephen Arnsparger was the only head coach of Football Giants teams to play home games in three different stadiums on a regular basis.  At Yale Bowl in 1974, the Giants were 2-12 in Arnsparger’s first season.  In 1975, the team was based at Shea […]

Alex Anthony

Alex Anthony (Public address.  Born, Flushing, NY, June 5, 1972.)  Starting with three seasons at the Islanders (1995-98), Alex Anthony has become a major public address voice in New York.  In 2002, Anthony succeeded Rich Kahn as the Jets stadium announcer.  Two years later, he took over the Shea Stadium microphone for the Mets.  Anthony […]

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