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Ray Wietecha

Ray Wietecha (Pro football.  Born, East Chicago, IN, Nov. 4, 1928; died, Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 24, 2002.)  An ironman center who played 124 games in a row at center for the Giants, Raymond Walter Wietecha was drafted in 1950.  Wietecha had been the all-Big 10 center for the Northwestern team that won the 1949 Rose […]

Arnie Weinmeister

Arnie Weinmeister (Pro football.  Born, Rhine, Sask., Mar. 23, 1923; died, Seattle, WA, June 28, 2000.)  A hard-hitting tackle who was a versatile two-way player, Arnold G. Weinmeister joined the A.A.F.C. Yankees from the University of Washington in 1948.  When the A.A.F.C. folded after the 1949 season, Weinmeister moved to the N.F.L. Giants, where he […]

Y.A. Tittle

Y.A. Tittle (Pro football.  Born, Marshall, TX, Oct. 24, 1926.)  As a star at Louisiana State from 1944-47 and for 12 seasons of pro football, Yelverton Abraham Tittle was one of the standout quarterbacks in the sport.  In 1961, he joined the New York Giants in a trade for tackle Lou Cordileone.  Over the next […]

Bob Tisch

Bob Tisch (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 29, 1926; died, New York, NY, Nov. 15, 2005.) Long a leader of New York’s cultural, educational, and charitable community, Preston Robert Tisch joined the elite of professional sports ownership in Feb. 1991. Achieving a life-long ambition, he purchased half of the Football Giants franchise from Tim Mara […]

Harold Rosenthal

Harold Rosenthal (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 11, 1914; died, Colorado Springs, CO, June 29, 1999.)  Joining the Herald Tribune at age 17, Harold Rosenthal rose to become a leading baseball and pro football writer.  Rosenthal began covering local tennis events in the 1930s and became a contributor to annual guides on the sport.  […]

William Roberts

William Roberts (Pro football.  Born, Miami, FL, Aug. 5, 1962.)  A first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 1984, William Harold Roberts was a 10-year offensive lineman for the Football Giants.  Roberts began as an offensive tackle.  He missed all of 1985 due to a training camp knee injury after playing 11 games as […]

Tara Sullivan

Tara Sullivan (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 20, 1968.)  In less than a decade, Tara Pauline Sullivan rose from a writer covering high school sports to the beat writer following the Football Giants.  Sullivan joined Newsday in 1993, handling the school beat, and moved in the middle of the following year to the Daily News.  […]

Barry Stanton

Barry Stanton (Sportswriter.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 30, 1955.)  For nearly a quarter-century, Barry Jon Stanton was a mainstay of the sports staff of the Gannett Westchester newspapers (now consolidated as the Journal News).  Fresh out of Colgate, Stanton began his career with the old Daily Item in Port Chester, N.Y., in 1976.  He moved […]

Hank Soar

Hank Soar (Pro football, baseball.  Born, Alton, RI, Aug. 17, 1914; died, Pawtucket, RI, Dec. 24, 2001.)  Many athletes in the post-World War II era were involved in more than one sport, but Henry Albert Soar was something of an extreme case.  Soar not only played in the Football Giants backfield for nine seasons but also […]

Bob Schnelker

Bob Schnelker  (Pro football.  Born, Gahon, O., Oct. 17, 1928.)  Slow-footed but sure-handed, Robert Bernard Schnelker caught 189 passes for 3,312 yards (16.2 average) in seven seasons with the Giants.  Obtained from Philadelphia, Schnelker joined the Giants in 1954, playing for an N.F.L. championship team in 1956 and two division winners (1958, ’59).  In the 1959 […]

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