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John Goldner

John Goldner (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 1, 1911; died, Elmhurst, NY, Dec. 10, 1999.)  John August Goldner began his administrative career as a student assistant to N.Y.U. graduate manager of athletics Albert Nixon in 1930.  Following his graduation (1932), he moved to the Rockefeller Center offices of Ned Irish (1934) to assist in the […]

Bernard Gimble

Bernard Gimble (Executive.  Born, Vincennes, IN, Apr. 10, 1885; died, New York, NY, Sept. 29, 1966.)  A burly former Penn football player, Bernard Feustman Gimble had a life-long interest in sports.  Gimble joined the family dry goods business in 1907 and later served as president (1922-53) and chairman (1953-66) of what became a major national […]

Ahmet Ertegun

Ahmet Ertegun (Executive.  Born, Istanbul, Turkey, July 31, 1923; died, New York, NY, Dec. 14, 2006.)  Son of a major force in Turkish political history and a founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun was also one of the most important figures in American soccer in the 20th century.  In 1971, Ertegun and his older brother […]

Bill Dwyer

Bill Dwyer (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 23, 1883; died, Belle Harbor, NY, Dec. 10, 1946.)  Best known during the early years of Prohibition as the “King of the Bootleggers,” William V. Dwyer became a major force in New York sports.  In 1925, Dwyer bought the distressed Hamilton (Ont.) Tigers for $75,000 and turned them […]

Nelson Doubleday

Nelson Doubleday (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, July 20, 1933.)  Scion of the famous New York publishing house (since sold to Germany’s Bertelsmann A.G.), Nelson Doubleday, Jr., graduated Princeton in 1954, served nearly five years in the U.S. Air Force and joined the family business in 1959. He became vice president of Doubleday & Co. […]

Charles Dolan

Charles Dolan (Executive.  Born, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 16, 1926.)  One of the acknowledged pioneers of the cable television industry, Charles Francis Dolan has also become one of the most important forces in New York sports.  Dolan founded the original Sterling Manhattan cable system in 1961.  After being involved in the formation of several important cable […]

Bill Devery

Bill Devery (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 9, 1854; died, Far Rockaway, NY, June 20, 1919.)  A notoriously corrupt police official, William S. Devery was also one of the founding owners of the team that became the Yankees.  Devery joined the City Police force in 1874 and almost instantly became controversial for his shakedowns and […]

Jay Cross

Jay Cross (Executive.  Born, Toronto, Ont., Feb. 15, 1953.) A three-time Olympic sailor (1976, 1980, 1984) for his native Canada, Jay Cross joined the Jets July 25, 2000, to spearhead the project for building the team its own stadium, and he became Jets president March 1, 2001, following the retirement of Steve Gutman.  He came to […]

Alvin Cooperman

Alvin Cooperman (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 24, 1923; died, New York, NY, Aug. 11, 2006.)  After two hitches with the Shubert Organization (1939-51, 1963-67) and two with NBC Television (1951-63, 1967-68), Alvin Isaac Cooperman became executive vice president of Madison Square Garden in late 1968, effectively succeeding Ned Irish as chief operating officer of […]

Joe Cohen

Joe Cohen (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 4, 1947.)  Until his resignation in 2002, Joseph Maxwell Cohen was responsible for strategic planning for a new Garden, the fifth in the arena’s history.  After joining the Garden for the first time in 1970, Cohen rose to vice president of Madison Square Garden Cable in 1975 and […]

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