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Dick Young

Dick Young (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 17, 1917; died, New York, NY, Aug. 31, 1987.)  From the day he started to cover baseball in 1943 until just before his death 44 years later, Richard Leonard Young was the most quoted, controversial, and widely-read sportswriter in New York for the better part of four […]

Whit Wyatt

Whit Wyatt (Baseball.  Born, Kensington, GA, Sept. 27, 1907; died, Buchanan, GA, July 16, 1999.)  In a nine-year A.L. career during which he was 26-43 (1929-37), John Whitlow Wyatt was at best a journeyman righthander.  But after a 23-7 season at Triple-A (Milwaukee of the American Association) in 1938, Wyatt was sold to Brooklyn and […]

Harry Wismer

Harry Wismer (Sportscaster and club owner.  Born, Port Huron, MI, June 30, 1913; died, New York, NY, Dec. 4, 1967.)  From his start at WJR in Detroit in 1935, Harry Wismer was one of America’s leading sportscasters.  In 1941, Wismer became the sports director and lead announcer for NBC’s second radio network (“Blue”), which shortly […]

Zack Wheat

Zack Wheat (Baseball.  Born, Hamilton, MO, May 23, 1886; died, Sedalia, MO, Mar. 11, 1972.)  For 18 seasons, Zachary Davis (Buck) Wheat was the pride of Brooklyn.  Wheat was a lifetime .317 hitter, a steady leftfielder, and the cleanup hitter for Dodgers teams that contended often and twice won N.L. pennants (1916 and 1920).  He […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Fresco Thompson

Fresco Thompson (Baseball.  Born, Centreville, AL, June 6, 1902; died, Fullerton, CA, Nov. 20, 1968.)  A second baseman who did brief tours with the Giants (1926, 1934) and Brooklyn (1931-32), Lafayette Fresco Thompson later became a Dodgers executive.  Thompson was named assistant farm director in 1949 and a vice president the next year after Walter […]

Pete Reiser

Pete Reiser (Baseball.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Mar. 17, 1919; died, Palm Springs, CA, Oct. 25, 1981.)  A lefthanded hitter with speed, Harold Patrick Reiser held out the promise of greatness.  In 1940, Reiser was tearing up the Eastern League, hitting .378 at Elmira (N.Y.) with 55 runs scored in 67 games.  He was called up […]

Bill Rafter

Bill Rafter (Sports editor.  Born, Rhinecliff, NY, Sept. 1, 1875; died, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 13, 1926.)  William A. Rafter was unique among the sports editors of the four principal Brooklyn dailies in the first quarter of the 20th century.  Rafter, unlike his confreres, was not born in Brooklyn and, even more unusual, was not a […]

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