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Beto Villa

Beto Villa (Sportscaster.  Born, Caracas, Venzuela, Feb. 7, 1947.)  Beginning in 1996, the voice of Beto Villa became a familiar one to Spanish-speaking fans of the Yankees.  That year, Villa began calling play-by-play of the soon-to-be World Series champions on WADO (1280 AM).  When the MSG Network added the SAP option to its telecasts, his […]

Michael Kay

Michael Kay (Sportscaster.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 2, 1961.)  A sportswriter-turned-broadcaster, Michael Kay became an integral part of the Yankees after joining veteran John Sterling as their radio tandem on WABC in 1992.  A 1982 graduate of Fordham, Kay joined the New York Post that year as a general news reporter, moving to sports […]

Jim Kaat

Jim Kaat (Baseball.  Born, Zeeland, MI, Nov. 7, 1938.)  A solid lefthander who pitched for 25 years in the major leagues, James Lee Kaat had a playing career that touched four decades (1959-83).  Kaat, who was also an excellent fielder, was 283-237 in his career with five teams.  He had his best seasons with Minnesota […]

Bobby Murcer

Bobby Murcer (Baseball. Born, Oklahoma City, OK, May 20, 1946; died, Oklahoma City, OK, July 12, 2008.) Of his 17 years in the major leagues, Bobby Ray Murcer spent 12 of them with the Yankees but missed the championship seasons of 1976-78. During those years, Murcer was in the N.L. with the Giants (1975-76) and […]

John Moore

John Moore (Baseball. Born, Mount Vernon, NY, July 9, 1956.) For over a quarter-century, John F. Moore has been an integral part of New York baseball telecasts. Moore joined WPIX in 1980 and spent eight seasons as an assistant director (1980-87) and then eight more as producer-director (1988-95) on Yankees games airing over Channel 11. […]

Jack Curry

Jack Curry (Sportswriter.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, Nov. 25, 1964.)  A year after his graduation from Fordham, Jack Curry became a sports reporter for The New York Times in 1987.  Curry handled high school and college sports for three years and became The Times’ beat writer on the Nets (1990-91).  He then took over the […]

Marty Appel

Marty Appel (Baseball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 7, 1948.)  Martin Eliot Appel spent nearly a decade with the Yankees, first as assistant public relations director (1968-73) before succeeding Bob Fishel as public relations director when the latter moved to the American League office.  Appel left in 1977 to become public relations director of the New York […]

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