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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 […]

Burt Shotton

Burt Shotton (Baseball.  Born, Brownhelm, OH, Oct. 18, 1884; died, Lake Wales, FL, July 29, 1962.)  Managing the Brooklyn Dodgers twice to the N.L. pennant, Burton Edwin (Barney) Shotton seemed to play musical managerial chairs with Leo Durocher.  Shotton was first summoned to Flatbush when Durocher was suspended for the year by Commissioner Happy Chandler just […]

Len Koenecke

Len Koenecke (Baseball. Born, Baraboo, WI, Jan. 18, 1904; died, Toronto, Ont., Sept. 17, 1935.) A prolific hitter as a minor league outfielder, Leonard George Koenecke lost the war with booze and a battle with a fire extinguisher. A lefthanded hitter, Koenecke hit .343, .389, and .397 with his first three minor league clubs (1927-28). […]

Ed Konetchy

Ed Konetchy (Baseball. Born, LaCrosse, WI, Sept. 3, 1885; died, Fort Worth, TX, May 27, 1947.) The first baseman for Brooklyn’s 1920 N.L.champions, Edward Joseph Konetchy had a long career before he joined the Dodgers, starting in 1907. In 1919, he came to Brooklyn from the Boston Braves and hit .308 for the 1920 pennant […]

Bruiser Kinard

Bruiser Kinard (Pro football.  Born, Pelahatchie, MS, Oct. 23, 1914; died, Jackson, MS, Sept. 7, 1985.)  Best of a Mississippi football-playing family, Frank Kinard was an all-N.F.L. tackle four times in his seven seasons (1938-44) with Brooklyn.  Kinard was a linebacker who helped form the core of the Dodgers defense in addition to playing tackle […]

Shipwreck Kelly

Shipwreck Kelly (Pro football.  Born, Simmstown, NY, July 8, 1910; died, Lighthouse Point, FL, Aug. 17, 1986.)  A star running back at Kentucky, John Simms Kelly played for the Football Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, of which he was a part-owner for a time.  Kelly appeared in five games with the Giants in 1932 but was […]

Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax (Baseball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 30, 1935.) A product of Lafayette High School, Sanford Koufax preferred basketball to baseball and really wanted to be an architect. Koufax earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. Brooklyn signed him for a $14,000 bonus and he wound up at Ebbets Field in 1955 thanks […]

Ernie Koy, Sr.

Ernie Koy, Sr. (Baseball. Born, Sealy, TX, Sept. 17, 1912; died, Bellville, TX, Jan. 1, 2007.) An outfielder in the Yankees’ farm system starting in 1933, Ernest Anyz Koy was waived to Brooklyn Apr. 15, 1938, and became a regular for the Dodgers, hitting .299 in 142 games. Known as “Chief” even though he had […]

Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly (Baseball.  Born, Sedan, KS, Dec. 9, 1898; died, Sarasota, FL, Mar. 28, 1979.)  Celebrated worldwide as one of the greatest circus clowns of all time, Emmett Kelly created the “Weary Willie” character.  After decades of circus work (including a lengthy stay with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey), Kelly was hired in 1957 […]

Wee Willie Keeler

Wee Willie Keeler (Baseball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 3, 1872; died, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 1, 1923.)  “Hit ‘em where they ain’t” was how William Henry Keeler explained his success as a major league hitter.  Keeler was more than a success.  He was great despite his size (or lack of it) at 5”4½’, 140 pounds.  Keeler, […]

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