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Shipwreck Kelly

Shipwreck Kelly (Pro football.  Born, Simmstown, NY, July 8, 1910; died, Lighthouse Point, FL, Aug. 17, 1986.)  A star running back at Kentucky, John Simms Kelly played for the Football Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, of which he was a part-owner for a time.  Kelly appeared in five games with the Giants in 1932 but was […]

Bill Dwyer

Bill Dwyer (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 23, 1883; died, Belle Harbor, NY, Dec. 10, 1946.)  Best known during the early years of Prohibition as the “King of the Bootleggers,” William V. Dwyer became a major force in New York sports.  In 1925, Dwyer bought the distressed Hamilton (Ont.) Tigers for $75,000 and turned them […]

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