New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

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Sam Mele

Sam Mele (College baseball. Born, Astoria, NY, Jan. 21, 1923.) Though his N.Y.U. career was disrupted by service in the Navy during World War II, Sabath Anthony Mele attracted attention while playing for coach Bill McCarthy’s Violets that led to his signing by the Boston Red Sox in 1946. That year, he hit .342 to […]

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 […]

Al Campanis

Al Campanis (Baseball.  Born, Kos, Greece, Nov. 2, 1916; died, Fullerton, CA, June 21, 1998.)  Born in the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, Alexander Sebastian Campanis emigrated to the U.S. with his family at age six.  Campanis was a natural all-around athlete.  He was a multi-sport standout at Manhattan’s George Washington H.S. and then matriculated at N.Y.U.  […]

Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca (Baseball.  Born, Mount Vernon, NY, Jan. 6, 1926.)  Another N.Y.U. star who graduated to the major leagues, Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca had a lengthy career (1944-53, 1956) with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Branca’s finest season was 1947, when he was 21-12, helping pitch Brooklyn to the N.L. pennant.  That year, he won the sixth game […]

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