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Buck Showalter

(Baseball.  Born, DeFuniak Springs, FL, May 23, 1956.)  Generally acknowledged today as a top major league manager, William Nathaniel Showalter, III, began his career as a player in the Yankees farm system in 1977. Buck (so nicknamed because he would walk around minor league clubhouses naked) played in the minors for seven seasons.  His first […]

Sid Tanenbaum

Sid Tanenbaum (College Basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 8, 1925; died, Far Rockaway, NY, Sept. 4, 1986.)  Even though not all of his games were against what would later be classified as collegiate opposition, Sidney Tanenbaum was the first player to score 1,000 points in his N.Y.U. basketball career (1,074).  As a sophomore, in 1944-45, […]

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 […]

Rich Caster

Rich Caster (Pro football.  Born, Mobile, AL, Nov. 16, 1948.)  A wide receiver who moved to tight end, Richard Caster was a major deep-receiving threat for the Jets.  In a game against the then-Baltimore Colts in 1972, Caster had 204 yards on just six receptions.  Over his eight-year career with the Jets (1970-77), he averaged […]

Ken Burkhart

Ken Burkhart (Baseball.  Born, Knoxville, TN, Nov. 18, 1916; died, Knoxville, TN, Dec. 29, 2004.)  A major league pitcher with the Cardinals and Reds (1945-49), Kenneth William Burkhart was a National League ironman umpire.  Burkhart worked his entire 17-season career (1957-73) without missing a day.  He became the center of controversy during the 1970 World Series […]

Walter Budko

Walter Budko (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, June 30, 1925.)  A 6’5”, 220-pound center, Walter Budko, Jr., was the first man in Columbia basketball history to score over 1,000 career points.  He led the wartime 1942-43 varsity in scoring as a freshman (251 points in 18 games, a 13.9 p.p.g. average), but entered the service after his […]

Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 23, 1963.)  The general impression that Roberto Martin Antonio Bonilla did nothing positive during his two tours with the Mets (1992-95, 1999) is not entirely correct.  Signed as a free agent (and telling sportswriters they’d never be able to “wipe the smile off my face”), Bonilla, in […]

Al Atkinson

Al Atkinson (Pro football.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, July 28, 1943.)  A middle linebacker out of Villanova, Allen Edward Atkinson played the entire second half of the Jets’ Super Bowl III victory over Baltimore with a separated shoulder that he didn’t reveal until after the 16-7 win at Miami.  Originally drafted by Buffalo, Atkinson came to […]

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