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Harry Wismer

Harry Wismer (Sportscaster and club owner.  Born, Port Huron, MI, June 30, 1913; died, New York, NY, Dec. 4, 1967.)  From his start at WJR in Detroit in 1935, Harry Wismer was one of America’s leading sportscasters.  In 1941, Wismer became the sports director and lead announcer for NBC’s second radio network (“Blue”), which shortly […]

Sonny Werblin

Sonny Werblin (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 17, 1910; died, New York, NY, Nov. 21, 1991.)  David A. Werblin first gained wide public notice in the sports field when in 1963 he led the syndicate that purchased the bankrupt New York Titans and turned the A.F.L. club into the Jets.  In 1951, Werblin was named […]

Joe Namath

Joe Namath (Pro football.  Born, Beaver Falls, PA, May 31, 1943.)  During his collegiate career at the University of Alabama (under the legendary Bear Bryant), Joseph Alexander Namath quarterbacked teams that lost only three games in three years.  His Alabama teams played in three Bowl games.  In 1965, Namath became one of the most celebrated […]

Leon Hess

Leon Hess (Pro football.  Born, Asbury Park, NJ, Mar. 13, 1914; died, New York, NY, May 7, 1999.)  While he became distinguished as a benevolent owner in his later years, Leon Hess was the junior partner in the five-man syndicate that purchased the bankrupt Titans of the American Football League in 1963.  Hess was also […]

Wahoo McDaniel

Wahoo McDaniel (Pro football. Born, Bernice, LA, June 19, 1938; died, Houston, TX, April 18, 2002.) Son of a Choctaw Indian, Edward Wahoo McDaniel was a linebacker who spent two seasons (1964-65) with the Jets. Arriving in the year the Jets moved into the new Shea Stadium, McDaniel became a promotional tool for Jets president […]

Joe McCrane

Joe McCrane (Executive. Born, Clifton, NJ, July 11, 1924; died, Napa, CA, Sept. 28, 2003.) A football and lacrosse player at West Point, Joseph Matthew McCrane, Jr., was also general manager of the Garden State Park racetrack in Cherry Hill, N.J. It was this combination of experiences that led him to create the N.J. Sports […]

Joe Namath

Joe Namath (Pro football.  Born, Beaver Falls, PA, May 31, 1943.)  During his collegiate career at the University of Alabama (under the legendary Bear Bryant), Joseph Alexander Namath quarterbacked teams that lost only three games in three years.  His Alabama teams played in three Bowl games.  In 1965, Namath became one of the most celebrated […]

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