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Ray Walsh

Ray Walsh (Pro football.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 18, 1916; died, White Plains, NY, Aug. 6, 1998.)  A skilled jack-of-all-trades, Raymond J. Walsh served the Football Giants from 1947-91 in a wide range of positions.  Walsh was a scout, publicist, business manager, and negotiator.  He was active in the lease negotiation and planning that […]

Dazzy Vance

Dazzy Vance (Baseball.  Born, Orient, IA, Mar. 4, 1891; died, Homosassa Springs, FL, Feb. 16, 1961.)  Given up on by the Yankees, Clarence Arthur Vance became a Brooklyn legend and nearly pitched the Dodgers to the 1924 pennant.  After being 0-4 with Pittsburgh and the Yankees (1915, 1918) and knocking around the minors, Vance was […]

Frank Umont

Frank Umont (Pro football, baseball.  Born Staten Island, NY, Nov. 17, 1917; died, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan. 20, 1991.)  Even without the benefit of college, Frank William Umont was good enough to be a lineman with the wartime Football Giants (1943-45).  In 1944, the 5’11”, 220-pound Umont was also employed as a blocking fullback.  One […]

Emlen Tunnell

Emlen Tunnell (Pro football.  Born, Bryn Mawr, PA, Mar. 29, 1925; died, Pleasantville, NY, July 23, 1975.)  One of the premier defensive backs in the history of pro football, Emlen Lewis Tunnell came undrafted out of the University of Iowa in 1948.  He had to plead with the Giants for a tryout.  With the N.F.L. […]

Dan Topping

Dan Topping (Baseball, pro football.  Born, Grennwich, CT, June 11, 1912; died, Miami, FL, May 18, 1974.)  Grandson of a former president of Republic Steel on his father’s side and a tin millionaire on his mother’s, Daniel Reid Topping was an above-average amateur golfer, owner of two pro football teams, and an owner of the […]

Bobby Thomson

Bobby Thomson (Baseball.  Born, Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 25, 1923; died, Savannah, GA, Aug. 16, 2010.)  In his 15-year career, Robert Brown Thomson had 1,705 hits and 264 home runs, but he will be remembered as long as baseball history is recalled for only one.  On Oct. 3, 1951, Thomson’s three-run, ninth-inning homer, won the N.L. […]

Jeff Tesreau

Jeff Tesreau (Baseball.  Born, Silver Mine, MO, Mar. 5, 1899; died, Hanover, NH, Sept. 24, 1946.)  Beginning with a semipro club in Perryville, Mo., Charles Monroe Tesreau became a standout righthander with the Giants and then a popular coach at Dartmouth.  Tesreau was 22-15 in two seasons in the Texas League when his contract was sold […]

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, […]

Andy Robustelli

Andy Robustelli (Pro football.  Born, Stamford, CT, Dec. 6, 1925; died, Stamford, CT, May 31, 2011.)  Acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in 1956, Andrew Richard Robustelli was a standout defensive end on six Giants division champions and helped the team win the 1956 N.F.L. title.  In 1962, while still playing every game at defensive […]

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 […]

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