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Mel Triplett

(Pro football.  Born, Indianola, MS, Dec. 24, 1930; died, Toledo, OH, July 2, 2002.)  A high school football, basketball, track and field, and gymnastics star, Melvin Christopher Triplett chose to attend the University of Toledo after receiving twenty-six scholarship offers to play football.  After his graduation, the Giants made him the 56th overall pick in […]

Ross Youngs

Ross Youngs (Baseball.  Born, Shiner, TX, Apr. 10, 1897; died, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 22, 1927.)  Of all the players he managed during his lengthy reign (1902-32) at the helm of the New York Giants, John McGraw had no more than three personal favorites.  Christy Mathewson was certainly one, the young Mel Ott was probably another, and […]

Don Williams

Don Williams (Sportswriter.  Born, Jamaica, NY, Aug. 31, 1932; died, Westbury, NY, Sept. 1, 2011.)  A quiet, unassuming presence, Clement Donald Williams spent nearly a half-century covering sports, primarily pro football.  Williams was hired by the Long Island Press in 1950 and worked a wide range of inside jobs at the paper, moving into sports […]

Hoyt Wilhelm

Hoyt Wilhelm (Baseball.  Born, Huntersville, NC, July 26, 1923; died, Sarasota, FL, Aug. 23, 2002.)  Starting a career that was to last 21 years with nine teams, James Hoyt Wilhelm joined the New York Giants in 1952 and was 15-3 in a league-high 71 appearances.  Wilhelm was unique as a knuckleballer who specialized in relief […]

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 […]

Gordon White

Gordon White (Sportswriter.  Born, Paterson, NJ, Sept. 15, 1926.)  During a 40-year career at The New York Times, Gordon Stowe White, Jr., became the paper’s leading college sports writer.  Over his last 30 years at The Times, White covered over 100 college football bowl games and 28 N.C.A.A. Final Four basketball championships.  He began with […]

Bill White

Bill White (Baseball.  Born, Lakewood, Fla., Jan. 28, 1934.)  A versatile man with a strong personality, William DeKova White had three distinct careers in baseball.  While in the New York Giants farm system, White attended Hiram (O.) College, but he became a big league player, not a doctor.  In 1956, he played 138 games as […]

Phil Weintraub

Phil Weintraub (Baseball.  Born, Chicago, IL Oct. 12, 1907; died, Palm Springs, CA, June 21, 1987.)  A thickly-built lefthanded hitter, Philip Weintraub was a noted minor league hitter in the 1930s and played 103 games for the Giants in parts of three seasons (1933-35), primarily as an outfielder.  Weintraub hit just .278 in that span […]

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 […]

Monte Ward

Monte Ward (Baseball.  Bellefonte, PA, Mar. 3, 1860; died, Augusta, GA, Mar. 4, 1925.)  Few, if any, players cast as long a shadow for as many years as John Montgomery Ward.  Then again, Ward was a most unusual character for the 19th century anywhere in America, let alone baseball.  A graduate of Penn State and, […]

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