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David Wells

David Wells (Baseball.  Born, Torrance, CA, May 20, 1963.)  A talented but undisciplined lefthander, David Lee Wells spent four seasons with the Yankees and helped pitch them into two World Series.  Extremely popular with fans, Wells threw the Yankees’ first regular-season perfect game ever and compiled a 68-28 record in those four seasons (1997-98, 2002-03) […]

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 […]

George Weiss

George Weiss (Baseball.  Born, New Haven, CT, June 23, 1895; died, Greenwich, CT, Aug. 13, 1972.)  If any baseball executive in New York history matched the acumen of Ed Barrow or Branch Rickey, George Martin Weiss was that man.  Weiss was the Yankees general manager from 1948-60, during which time the team exerted the greatest […]

Phil Weintraub

Phil Weintraub (Baseball.  Born, Chicago, IL Oct. 12, 1907; died, Palm Springs, CA, June 21, 1987.)  A thickly-built lefthanded hitter, Philip Weintraub was a noted minor league hitter in the 1930s and played 103 games for the Giants in parts of three seasons (1933-35), primarily as an outfielder.  Weintraub hit just .278 in that span […]

Del Webb

Del Webb (Baseball.  Born, Fresno, CA, May 17, 1899; died, Rochester, MN, July 4, 1974.)  A major construction magnate and a former minor league pitcher, Del E. Webb was an ownership partner of the Yankees for two decades.  Along with Dan Topping (q.v.) and Larry MacPhail (q.v.), Webb bought the Yankees Jan. 26, 1945, for […]

Mo Vaughn

Mo Vaughn (Baseball.  Born, Norwalk, CT, Dec. 15, 1967.)  Following a stellar career at Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) high school, Maurice Samuel Vaughn was rated as a sure-fire college baseball star.  The lefthanded power hitter more than lived up to his advance billing, hitting a school-record 28 home runs in his freshman season at Seton Hall.  In three […]

Lon Warneke

Lon Warneke (Baseball.  Born, Mount Ida, AR, Mar. 28, 1909; died, Hot Springs, AR, June 23, 1976.)  A three-time 20-game winner during his 16-season career with the Cubs and Cardinals, Lonnie Warneke became known to another generation of fans as an N.L. umpire (1949-55).  Warneke was known as the “Arkansas Hummingbird” for his sing-song voice.  […]

Monte Ward

Monte Ward (Baseball.  Bellefonte, PA, Mar. 3, 1860; died, Augusta, GA, Mar. 4, 1925.)  Few, if any, players cast as long a shadow for as many years as John Montgomery Ward.  Then again, Ward was a most unusual character for the 19th century anywhere in America, let alone baseball.  A graduate of Penn State and, […]

Dixie Walker

Dixie Walker (Baseball.  Born, Villa Rica, GA, Sept. 24, 1910; died, Birmingham, AL, May 17, 1982.)  Another Yankees reject who made his name in Brooklyn, Fred Walker was doubtless one of the best $10,000 investments in baseball history.  After parts of five seasons with the Yankees, Walker was sent to the White Sox via waivers […]

Dazzy Vance

Dazzy Vance (Baseball.  Born, Orient, IA, Mar. 4, 1891; died, Homosassa Springs, FL, Feb. 16, 1961.)  Given up on by the Yankees, Clarence Arthur Vance became a Brooklyn legend and nearly pitched the Dodgers to the 1924 pennant.  After being 0-4 with Pittsburgh and the Yankees (1915, 1918) and knocking around the minors, Vance was […]

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