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Gus Mancuso

Gus Mancuso (Baseball. Born, Galveston, TX, Dec. 5, 1905; died, Houston, TX, Oct. 26, 1984.) As the primary catcher for three Giants pennant winners in the 1930s, August Rodney Mancuso may have Commissioner Landis to thank for his career. Mancuso was under contract with the Cardinals from 1925 on but couldn’t win a job on […]

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, […]

Harry Danning

Harry Danning (Baseball.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 6, 1911; died, Valparaiso, IN, Nov. 29, 2004.)  Son of a Russian émigré, Harry Danning became one of the best-hitting catchers in the late 1930s for the Giants.  Danning originally worked in the rug business and played semipro baseball.  He became a full-time player at Bridgeport in […]

Rowdy Dick Bartell

Rowdy Dick Bartell (Baseball.  Born, Chicago, IL, Nov. 22, 1907; died, Alameda, CA, Aug. 4, 1987.)  As his nickname implies, Richard William Bartell was a peppery, aggressive player.  Bartell was also the shortstop for the Giants pennant winners in 1936 and 1937, injecting some life into what many thought was a talented but uninspired team.  […]

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