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Sandy Saddler

Sandy Saddler (Boxing.  Born, Boston, MA, June 23, 1926; died, Bronx, NY, Sept. 18, 2001.)  Born Joseph Saddler in Boston, where he also began his pro ring career, Sandy Saddler was a boxing dynamo who fought 162 times in a career stretching from 1944-56 and entered the ring no less than 56 times in the New […]

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth (Baseball.  Born, Baltimore, MD, Feb. 6, 1895; died, New York, NY, Aug. 16, 1948.)  Television was the springboard to fame for most of the celebrated athletes of the 20th century and the reason many of the greats in the second half of the century earned name recognition far greater than those preceding them.  […]

Mad Dog Russo

Mad Dog Russo (Radio host.  Born, Syosset, NY, Oct. 18, 1959.)  The boisterous and combative half of the tandem, Christopher Michael Russo paired with Mike Francesa to become part of the most celebrated radio talk combination in the history of New York sports (“Mike and the Mad Dog”) on WFAN.  Russo and Francesa came together […]

William Russell

William Russell (College sports.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 12, 1884; died, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 18, 1929.)  A standout all-around athlete at Fordham under his birth name William Lerche, William Russell became a leading movie star in the silent film era.  Russell mixed a modest boxing career with some vaudeville and stage work before […]

Amos Rusie

Amos Rusie (Baseball.  Born, Mooresville, IN, May 31, 1871; died, Seattle, WA, Dec. 6, 1942.)  Even though he won 245 games in 10 major league seasons, Amos Wilson Rusie was perhaps most famous for games he didn’t win.  Rusie missed three full seasons due to contract disputes, marital difficulties, and an 1898 sore arm.  He […]

Jacob Ruppert

Jacob Ruppert (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 5, 1867; died, New York, NY, Jan. 13, 1939.)  Col. Jacob Ruppert was a sportsman of many parts, maintaining a racing stable and a dog kennel, but gained his fame for being the man whose money and vision built the Yankees into the dominant force in New […]

Paul Runyon

Paul Runyon (Golf.  Born, Hot Springs, AR, July 12, 1908; died, Palm Springs, CA, Mar. 17, 2002.)  Considered among the best ever with irons and the putter, Paul Scott Runyon became a major golf figure in the 1930s.  Runyon began as a protégé of Craig Wood, turned pro in 1922, and won over 50 tournaments […]

Damon Runyon

Damon Runyon (Sportswriter.  Born, Manhattan, KS, Oct. 4, 1884; died, New York, NY, Dec. 10, 1946.)  Alfred Damon Runyon is one of the unique characters of American sportswriting.  He became one of the towering literary figures of the 1920s and 1930s from a base that was essentially rooted in sports.  After a newspaper career that […]

Red Ruffing

Red Ruffing (Baseball.  Born, Granville, IL, May 5, 1904; died, Mayfield Heights, OH, Feb. 17, 1986.)  Another pitcher who traveled the well-worn road from Boston to New York, Charles Herbert Ruffing was traded to the Yankees by the Red Sox May 6, 1930, for outfielder Cedric Durst.  Ruffing promptly became one of the mainstays of […]

Joe Rue

Joe Rue (Baseball.  Born, Danville, KY, June 14, 1898; died, Laguna Hills, CA, Dec. 1, 1984.)  An A.L. umpire for 10 seasons (1938-47), Joseph William Rue was involved in a unique event in the modern history of the major leagues.  On Sept. 3, 1945, Rue was behind the plate in the second game of a […]

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