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Russ Warren

Russ Warren (Football.  Born, Burlington, VT, June 18, 1939.)  Clearly a man not easily discouraged, Dr. Russell F. Warren did not make the cut with the Football Giants in 1962 but returned 22 years later as the team physician.  Warren was a standout halfback on the Columbia team that shared the Ivy League championship in […]

Kyle Rote

Kyle Rote (Pro football.  Born, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 27, 1927; died, Baltimore, MD, Aug. 14, 2002.)  During his 11-year career with the Giants (1951-61), William Kyle Rote was one of the team’s most popular players.  Rote, a star at Southern Methodist U., came to the Giants as a bonus choice in the N.F.L. draft, […]

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.  […]

Paul Rochester

Paul Rochester (Pro football.  Born, Lansing, MI, July 15, 1938.)  After four seasons in the A.F.L., Paul Gordon Rochester came to the Jets as a free agent at the end of 1963 and developed into a mainstay at defensive tackle.  “Rocky” started with the old Dallas Texans in 1960 after a career at Michigan State, […]

Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson (Football.  Born, Princeton, NJ, Apr. 9, 1898; died, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 23, 1976.)  One of the most complex and controversial figures in recent American history, Paul Bustill Robeson was also one of the most talented and versatile.  Robeson first gained fame as an all-America end on the Rutgers football team (1917-18).  Athletic brilliance […]

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 […]

Manny Rivero

Manny Rivero (College football.  Born, Havana, Cuba, Nov. 3, 1908; died, Rising Sun, MD, Aug. 18, 2001.)  A true pioneer among Latin athletes in major Eastern colleges, Manuel Rivero was a star running back at Columbia (1930-32) in the days of single-wing football.  Rivero, who was also an outstanding baseball player, came to New York […]

John Riggins

John Riggins (Pro football.  Born, Centralia, KS, Aug. 4, 1949.)  A bruising, 230-pound running back who was the No. 6 overall pick in the 1971 N.F.L. draft, John Riggins starred for five seasons (1971-75) with the Jets.  Riggins gained 3,880 yards on 928 carries (4.2 yards per carry) and caught 129 passes in five years […]

Bob Ricca

Bob Ricca (College football.  Born, Flushing, NY, July 26, 1947.)  For 31 seasons, Bob Ricca was head coach of St. John’s football.  Ricca, an all-City player at Holy Cross H.S. and a varsity star at C.W. Post, became an assistant for the Redmen in 1970.  He became the head coach for what was then a […]

Charles Stoneham

Charles Stoneham (Baseball.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, July 5, 1876; died, Hot Springs, AR, Jan. 6, 1936.)  During the months immediately after the end of World War I (Nov. 11, 1918), there was great anxiety in baseball circles as to whether the sport would recover from its war-shortened 1918 season and whether the game could recapture […]

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