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Bobby Thomson

Bobby Thomson (Baseball.  Born, Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 25, 1923; died, Savannah, GA, Aug. 16, 2010.)  In his 15-year career, Robert Brown Thomson had 1,705 hits and 264 home runs, but he will be remembered as long as baseball history is recalled for only one.  On Oct. 3, 1951, Thomson’s three-run, ninth-inning homer, won the N.L. […]

Eddie Stanky

Eddie Stanky (Baseball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 3, 1916; died, Fairhope, AL, June 6, 1999.)  About half of Edward Raymond Stanky’s 11-year career was spent with New York teams.  The Brat spent almost four years with the Dodgers (1944-47) and two more with the Giants (1950-51).  He helped both win pennants.  Stanky hit .252 and was […]

Lou Jorda

Lou Jorda (Baseball.  Born, New Orleans, LA, May 22, 1893; died, Largo, FL, May 27, 1964.)  In an almost unique circumstance, Louis D. Jorda had two tours as an N.L. umpire separated by eight seasons in the I.L. (1932-39).  Jorda came up from the Southern League to the N.L. in 1927 and worked until 1931.  […]

Don Mueller

Don Mueller (Baseball. Born, St. Louis, MO, Apr. 14, 1927; died, St. Louis, MO, Dec. 28, 2011.) Known to his teammates as “Mandrake the Magician” for his skill in handling the bat, Donald Fred Mueller was a lefthand choke-up hitter who was key to the Giants’ 1951 and 1954 N.L. pennant winners. Mueller had an […]

Russ Hodges

Russ Hodges (Broadcaster.  Born, Covington, KY, June 12, 1911; died, Mill Valley, CA, Apr. 19, 1971.)  Russ Hodges will be forever remembered as the announcer whose famous radio call of Bobby Thomson’s epic home run ended, “The Giants win the pennant . . . the Giants win the pennant . . . the Giants win […]

Sal Maglie

Sal Maglie (Baseball. Born, Niagara Falls, NY, Apr. 26, 1917; died, Niagara Falls, NY, Dec. 28, 1992.)  He wasn’t called “The Barber” for no reason. Salvatore Anthony Maglie, during his years with the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, dished out more close shaves to hitters than any pitcher in either league. That was particularly […]

Leo Durocher

Leo Durocher (Baseball.  Born, West Springfield, MA, July 27, 1905; died, Palm Springs, CA, Oct. 7, 1991.)  One of the most colorful and controversial figures in the history of New York baseball, Leo Ernest Durocher was a brash and flamboyant man who rose from being an average major league infielder to celebrated managerial mastermind.  Durocher […]

Chuck Dressen

Chuck Dressen (Baseball.  Born, Decatur, IL, Sept. 20, 1898; died, Detroit, MI, Aug. 10, 1966.)  In three eventful seasons. Charles Walter Dressen made a distinct impression on the Brooklyn Dodgers.  In 1951, his first season, the Dodgers were able, through concentrated effort, to squander a 13½-game August lead over their hated crosstown rivals, the Giants, […]

Alvin Dark

Alvin Dark (Baseball.  Comanche, OK, Jan. 7, 1922.)  A football player at L.S.U., Alvin Ralph Dark was the 1948 N.L. Rookie of the Year with the pennant-winning Boston Braves.  But much of his career is connected to the Giants (both in New York and San Francisco).  Dark was traded by Boston to New York Dec. […]

Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca (Baseball.  Born, Mount Vernon, NY, Jan. 6, 1926.)  Another N.Y.U. star who graduated to the major leagues, Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca had a lengthy career (1944-53, 1956) with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Branca’s finest season was 1947, when he was 21-12, helping pitch Brooklyn to the N.L. pennant.  That year, he won the sixth game […]

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