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Tom Harmon

Tom Harmon (Pro football.  Born, Gary, IN, Sept. 28, 1919; died, Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 15, 1990.)  A little-known fact about the 1940 Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan is that Thomas Dudley Harmon played his first pro game in New York.  Harmon played one game for the New York Americans of the American Football League in […]

Eddie Layton

Eddie Layton (Organist. Born, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 19, 1925; died, Forest Hills, NY, Dec. 26, 2004.) In one of the strange twists of fate, Eddie Layton began his college studies as a potential meteorologist minoring in music and wound up as the organist at both Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. He was playing for […]

Tami Mauriello

Tami Mauriello (Boxing. Born, New York, NY, Jan. 4, 1920; died, The Bronx, NY, Dec. 3, 1999.) Among the best gate attractions in boxing during the 1940s, Tami Mauriello fought for both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles during his career. He didn’t win either crown but he sold plenty of tickets. Mauriello started his […]

Roger Maris

Roger Maris (Baseball. Born, Hibbing, MN, Sept. 10, 1934; died, Houston, TX, Dec. 14, 1985.) An excellent defensive outfielder with an exceptional arm and a good baserunner, Roger Eugene Maris (originally Maras) was also a winner. Maris played in seven World Series in his final nine seasons in the major leagues. To a great degree, […]

Tim Mara

Tim Mara (Pro football. Born, New York, NY, July 29, 1887; died, New York, NY, Feb. 16, 1959.) One of the legendary names not only in New York sports but in all of pro football, Timothy J. Mara created the second-oldest continuous sports franchise in the New York area, the New York Football Giants, in […]

George Magerkurth

George Magerkurth (Baseball. Born, McPherson, KS, Dec. 30, 1888; died, Rock Island, IL, Oct. 7, 1966.) Two incidents stand out in the memory of New York fans about the 19-year career of N.L. umpire George Levi Magerkurth. Thanks to a Daily News photo, the one most fans recall is his being attacked Sept. 16, 1940, […]

Red Grange

Red Grange (Pro football.  Born, Forksville, PA, June 13, 1903; died, Lake Wales, FL, Jan. 28, 1991.)  In the 1920s, during the so-called “Golden Age of Sports” in America, Harold Edward Grange was the star who put pro football on the big-time stage.  Grange’s sensational exploits at the University of Illinois grabbed headlines across the […]

Al Gionfriddo

Al Gionfriddo (Baseball.  Born, Dysart, PA, Mar. 8, 1922; died, Solvang, CA, Mar. 14, 2003.)  In his brief major league career, Albert Francis Gionfriddo had one moment in the baseball sun, but it was among the most famous defensive gems in World Series history.  In the sixth inning of the sixth game of the 1947 […]

Rich Garcia

Rich Garcia (Baseball.  Born, Key West, FL, May 22, 1942.)  One of the better A.L. umpires during his career, Richard Raul Garcia will always be coupled with Jeffrey Maier whenever his name is mentioned.  Garcia umpired 25 seasons (1975-99) in the A.L., twice worked the All-Star Game, four times the World Series and six times […]

Two-Ton Tony Galento

Two-Ton Tony Galento (Boxing.  Born, Orange, NJ, Mar. 12, 1910; died, Livingston, NJ, July 22, 1979.)  Among the most colorful and popular characters in boxing during his career, Dominic Anthony Galento was a heavy heavyweight contender in the 1930s.  Galento’s most celebrated bout came against champion Joe Louis June 28, 1939, before 34,852 at Yankee Stadium, […]

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