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Mickey Welch

Mickey Welch (Baseball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 4, 1859; died, Nashua, NH, July 30, 1941.)  A known quantity when he was acquired along with the rest of franchise from Troy, N.Y., after the 1882 season, Michael Francis Welch became the first great pitcher of the New York Giants.  From 1884-86, Welch won 116 of 170 […]

Joe Torre

Joe Torre (Baseball.  Born Brooklyn, NY, July 18, 1940.) On November 2, 1995, Joseph Paul Torre became the 31st field manager of the Yankees and, within less than a year, he was only the eighth to manage the team to a World Series championship. The Yankees won four World Series and six A.L. pennants in his […]

Paul Tagliabue

Paul Tagliabue (Pro football.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, Nov. 24, 1940.)  When Pete Rozelle (q.v.) announced his retirement as N.F.L. commissioner in Mar. 1989, a search was begun for the successor to the man widely hailed as a visionary sports leader.  Paul John Tagliabue, a graduate of N.Y.U. School of Law, was the resultant choice.  […]

Wilbert Robinson

Wilbert Robinson (Baseball.  Born, Hudson, MA, June 29, 1864; died, Atlanta, GA, Aug. 8, 1934.)  After a distinguished playing career as a catcher with Philadelphia (1886-90), Baltimore (1890-99), St. Louis (1900), and Baltimore again (for the new American League franchise, 1901-02), Wilbert Robinson became known to a whole new generation of baseball fans as manager […]

Cal Ramsey

Cal Ramsey (Basketball.  Born, Selma, AL, July 13, 1937.)  As a sophomore out of Commerce H.S., Calvin Ramsey had the third-best scoring season in N.Y.U. history up to that time (401 points) and went on to set new standards in almost every offensive category.  Ramsey had N.Y.U.’s first 40-point game (Feb. 7, 1959, vs. Hunter at […]

Harry Hillman

Harry Hillman (Track and field.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 8, 1881; died, Hanover, NH, Aug. 9, 1945.)  Starting in 1899 with the Knickerbocker A.C., Harry Livingston Hillman, Jr., was primarily a hurdler.  Hillman, a bank teller by trade, joined the New York A.C. in 1902, two years before he won three Olympic golds.  Hillman was […]

Joe Garagiola

Joe Garagiola (Baseball.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Feb. 12, 1926.)  While he is far more famous as a broadcaster, Joseph Henry Garagiola had a respectable nine-year career as a major league catcher.  When he turned to broadcasting, Garagiola joined NBC’s “Game of the Week” telecasts in 1961.  He remained part of that package through 1988.  […]

Dave Foutz

Dave Foutz (Baseball.  Born, Baltimore, MD, Sept. 7, 1856; died, Waverly, MD, Mar. 5, 1897.)  A powerhouse righthander who pitched St. Louis to four straight pennants in the big league American Association, David Luther Foutz was sold to Brooklyn along with Parisian Bob Caruthers (q.v.) for an astonishing $13,500 before the 1888 season.  Also a […]

Tiny Bonham

Tiny Bonham (Baseball.  Born, Ione, CA, Aug. 16, 1913; died, Pittsburgh, PA, Sept. 15, 1949.)  A husky righthander (6’2”, 220 pounds), Ernest Edward Bonham helped pitch the Yankees to the 1942 A.L. pennant with a 21-5 record.  Bonham spent seven seasons with the Yankees (1940-46) and was 79-50, with over a quarter of his victories […]

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