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Otto Schnellbacher

Otto Schnellbacher (Pro football.  Born, Sublette, KS, Apr. 15, 1923; died, Topeka, KS, Mar. 10, 2008.)  Though he was with the team for only two seasons (1950-51), Otto Schnellbacher was a corner of Giants coach Steve Owen’s (q.v.) “umbrella defense.”  Along with Tom Landry (q.v.), Harmon Rowe, and Emlen Tunnell (q.v.), Schnellbacher formed a unit that […]

Dave Klein

Dave Klein (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Mar. 10, 1940.)  Three times in six years, David S. Klein had his work chosen as the No. 1 submission to the Best Sports Stories anthology.  Klein was adjudged the winner in the national compendium in 1974 for his coverage of the Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King tennis match in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Doug Kotar

Doug Kotar (Pro football. Born, Canonsburg, PA, June 11, 1951; died, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 16, 1983.) Acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers in July 1974, Douglas Allan Kotar became a very productive running back during his seven seasons (1974-80) with the Giants. Kotar led the Giants in rushing in 1976 (731 yards) and 1978 (625). He […]

Rich Kotite

Rich Kotite (Pro football. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 13, 1942.) Though largely remembered for two disastrous seasons as head coach of the Jets, Richard Edward Kotite was a record-setting receiver at Wagner and did two tours as a player for the Giants. Kotite transferred to Wagner from Miami (O.) and, at the time of his […]

Ernie Koy, Jr.

Ernie Koy, Jr. (Pro football. Born, Bellville, TX, Oct. 22, 1942.) A 225-pound running back from the U. of Texas, Ernest Melvin Koy was a No. 1 draft choice by the Giants in 1965. Koy was a member of the “Baby Bulls” backfield with 220-pounders Steve Thurlow and Tucker Frederickson. He played at 225. Injuries […]

Dave Jennings

Dave Jennings (Pro football.  Born, New York, NY, June 8, 1952.)  A top punter who played for the Giants (1974-84) and Jets (1985-87), David Tuthill Jennings then became an outstanding radio color commentator for both teams.  Jennings, who played collegiately at St. Lawrence (Canton, N.Y.), twice led the N.F.L. in punt yardage while with the […]

Les Keiter

Les Keiter (Broadcasting.  Born, Seattle, Wash., Apr. 27, 1919; died, Kailua, Hawaii, April 14, 2009.)  For nearly a decade starting in 1954, Les R. Keiter was one of the most recognizable voices in New York sports radio.  Keiter became sports director at WINS (AM 1010) in 1954 and began doing a pre-game show before Yankees […]

Jim Katcavage

Jim Katcavage (Pro football.  Born, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Oct. 28, 1934; died, Maple Glen,  PA, Feb. 22, 1995.)  Drafted out of Dayton as the Giants’ fourth pick in 1956, James R. Katcavage became a standout defensive left end.  Katcavage was an all-N.F.L. choice three straight years (1961-63) and was a Pro Bowl selection in both 1963 […]

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