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Duke Snider

Duke Snider (Baseball.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 19, 1926; died, Escondido, CA, Feb. 27. 2011.)  As the lefthand-hitting slugger and superstar centerfielder, Edwin Donald Snider was one of the main forces that carried the Dodgers to five pennants and a world championship in the team’s final nine seasons at Ebbets Field.  “The Duke of Flatbush” […]

Garry Schumacher

Garry Schumacher (Public relations.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 2, 1901; died, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 22, 1978.)  He was effectively the only head publicist the Giants ever had in New York, but Garry Schumacher also had a lengthy career as a sportswriter.  Born in Greenpoint, Schumacher began as a teenager with the Brooklyn Standard-Banner and then […]

Joe King

Joe King (Sportswriter.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, May 19, 1908; died, Ridgewood, NJ, Apr. 16, 1979.)  Recognized as one of the first writers to see pro football as a major national sport, Joseph King began his career as a yachting writer.  King joined the Evening Telegram in 1930.  The paper became the World-Telegram in 1931 […]

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 […]

Freddie Lindstrom

Freddie Lindstrom (Baseball. Born, Chicago, IL, Nov. 21, 1905; died, Chicago, IL, Oct. 4, 1981.) In the 1924 World Series, Frederick Charles Lindstrom became part of baseball lore for three reasons. Lindstrom became the youngest man ever to appear in a Series (18 years, 10 months, 13 days), played all seven games (getting 10 hits, […]

Van Lingle Mungo

Van Lingle Mungo (Baseball. Born, Pageland, SC, June 8, 1911; died, Pageland, SC, Feb. 12, 1985.) High-kicking, hard-throwing, and sometimes hard-drinking, righthander Van Lingle Mungo twice won 18 games (1934 and 1936) for bad Brooklyn teams. But Mungo’s temper and off-field escapades sometimes created more headlines than his pitching, although he once struck out seven […]

Clarence Mitchell

Clarence Mitchell (Baseball. Born, Franklin, NE, Feb. 22, 1891; died, Aurora, NE, Nov. 6, 1963.) Of the nine spitball pitchers allowed to continue throwing the messy pitch after it was outlawed in 1920, the only lefthander in the N.L. was Brooklyn’s Clarence Elmer Mitchell. Mitchell is perhaps best remembered for hitting into the only unassisted […]

Fred Merkle

Fred Merkle (Baseball. Born, Watertown, WI, Dec. 20, 1888; died, Daytona Beach, FL, Mar. 2, 1956.) On Sept. 23, 1908, Frederick Charles Merkle failed to touch second base at the Polo Grounds and thereby earned eternal baseball notoriety. Al Bridwell’s ninth-inning single apparently scored Harry McCormick with the winning run for a 2-1 Giants victory […]

Ducky Medwick

Ducky Medwick (Baseball. Born, Carteret, NJ, Nov. 24, 1911; died, St. Petersburg, FL, Mar. 21, 1975.) While he gained his baseball stature with the St. Louis Cardinals (where he won the Triple Crown in 1937), Joseph Michael Medwick was under contract with all three New York teams during his career. Medwick came to Brooklyn with […]

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