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George Smith

George Smith (Baseball.  Born, Byram, CT, May 31, 1892; died, Greenwich, CT, Jan. 7, 1965.)  During his senior season at Columbia in 1916, righthander George Allen Smith finished with a flourish.  In his last five starts, Smith was 5-0, allowing one run on 12 hits and striking out 79 in 45 innings.  His final start was […]

Paul Krichell

Paul Krichell (Baseball. Born, New York, NY, Dec. 19, 1882; died, New York, NY, June 4, 1957.) Perhaps the most noted scout of his time, Paul Bernard Krichell joined the Yankees in 1920. During his career, Krichell signed or discovered Lou Gehrig, Whitey Ford, Tony Lazzeri, Mark Koenig, and Vic Raschi, along with dozens of […]

Carl Hubbell

Carl Hubbell (Baseball.  Born, Carthage, MO, June 22, 1903; died, Scottsdale, AA, Nov. 21, 1988.)  Carl Owen Hubbell, a lefthanded pitcher who helped make the screwball famous, became the most renowned pitcher for the New York Giants since the heyday of Christy Mathewson.  Known as “King Carl,” Hubbell helped pitch the Giants to three pennants […]

Thurman Munson

Thurman Munson (Baseball. Born, Akron, OH, June 7, 1947; died, Canton, OH, Aug. 2, 1979.) Thurman Lee Munson had a testy relationship with writers covering the Yankees, particularly over the last five years of his career, because he felt he was unduly criticized. His feud with teammate Reggie Jackson is legendary. But Munson was the […]

Long Bob Meusel

Long Bob Meusel (Baseball. Born, San Jose, CA, July 19, 1896; died, Downey, CA, Nov. 28, 1977.) On 10 years with the Yankees, Robert William Meusel was the regular leftfielder and an integral part of the start of the dynasty. Meusel, a tall (6’3”) righthand hitter, had enough power to balance the strength from the […]

Bill McGowan

Bill McGowan (Baseball. Born, Wilmington, DE, Jan. 18, 1896; died, Silver Spring, MD, Dec. 9, 1954.) Considered during most of his nearly 29 years (1925-54) in the A.L. as the best umpire in the league, William A. McGowan was a diabetic. McGowan began umpiring in 1915 in the Virginia League; by 1919, he was in […]

Bill McCarthy

Bill McCarthy (College Baseball. Born, Holyoke, MA, Feb. 19, 1895; died, Palm Beach, FL, Apr. 15, 1986.) Bill McCarthy, a baseball coach who sent New York University teams to the College World Series and players to the major leagues, led the Violets for 40 seasons. McCarthy became the baseball coach at N.Y.U. in 1922, succeeding […]

Lyn Lary

Lyn Lary (Baseball. Born, Armona, CA, Jan. 28, 1906; died, Downey, CA, Jan. 9, 1973.) Primarily a shortstop, Lynford Hobart Lary played a bit over five seasons for the Yankees (1929-34). Lary and second baseman Jimmy Reese were purchased for $125,000 from Oakland of the Pacific Coast League in 1929. He was the regular in […]

Gene Larkin

Gene Larkin (College baseball. Born, Flushing, NY, Oct. 24, 1962.) A senior season seldom equalled in Eastern college baseball catapulted Eugene Thomas Larkin into a seven-year major league career and two trips to the World Series. During his four years (1981-84) at Columbia, where he was a third baseman, the switch-hitting Larkin set career records […]

Frank Graham

Frank Graham (Sportswriting.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 13, 1893; died, New York, NY, Mar. 9, 1965.)  There is little doubt that Frank Graham was one of the major forces in the evolution of sportswriting in New York.  His keen ear for dialogue and incredible memory enabled him to recreate dugout and lockerroom conversation verbatim […]

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