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Charlie Segar

Charlie Segar (Sportswriter.  Born, Liverpool, England, Oct. 29, 1903; died, Sun City West, AZ, June 2, 2001.)  As the youngest member of the B.B.W.A.A. ever, Charles M. Segar later became its national president and then a long-time baseball executive.  Segar emigrated to the U.S. as a youngster, becoming an active semipro baseball player before joining the […]

Stan Lomax

Stan Lomax (Broadcaster. Born, Pittsburgh, PA, May 20, 1899; died, Ossining, NY, June 26, 1987.) While Mel Allen, Red Barber and Russ Hodges were the sports voices of New York summers for decades, Henry Stanley Lomax was the voice for all seasons. Lomax presented “the day’s doings in the world of sports,” a 15-minute nightly broadcast […]

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 […]

George Magerkurth

George Magerkurth (Baseball. Born, McPherson, KS, Dec. 30, 1888; died, Rock Island, IL, Oct. 7, 1966.) Two incidents stand out in the memory of New York fans about the 19-year career of N.L. umpire George Levi Magerkurth. Thanks to a Daily News photo, the one most fans recall is his being attacked Sept. 16, 1940, […]

Warren Giles

Warren Giles (Baseball.  Born, Tiskilwa, IL, May 28, 1896; died, Cincinnati, OH, Feb. 7, 1979.)  From 1918 to 1986, the National League had just four presidents, and Warren Crandall Giles had the longest term in N.L. history, over 18 years.  A veteran of World War I, a minor league club operator and former general manager […]

Ford Frick

Ford Frick (Baseball.  Born, Wawaka, IN., Dec. 19, 1894; Bronxville, NY, Apr. 8, 1978.)  Although his impact on the events was minimal, Ford Christopher Frick left baseball dramatically different than he found it after 14 years as Commissioner.  A graduate of Indiana’s DePauw University, and a former schoolteacher in Colorado, Frick came to New York […]

Spike Eckhart

Spike Eckhart (Baseball.  Born, Freeport, IL, Jan. 20, 1909; died, Freeport, Grand Bahama I., Apr. 16, 1971.)  A retired Lt. General in the U.S. Air Force, William Dole Eckert was the fourth Commissioner of Baseball, although no one seemed sure why.  Eckert served from Nov. 11, 1965 (succeeding Ford Frick), until Feb. 3, 1969, when […]

Cullen Cain

Cullen Cain (Baseball.  Born, Warsaw, MO, Dec. 3, 1874; died, Coral Gables, FL, Nov. 26, 1958.)  An itinerant newspaperman who became a baseball writer for the Philadelphia Public Ledger, Cullen Cain was the first publicity director for the National League.  Cain sold the idea of opening a Service Bureau in New York to N.L. president John […]

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