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Henry MacCracken

Henry MacCracken (College executive. Born, Oxford, OH, September 28, 1840; died, New York, NY, December 24, 1918.) As Vice Chancellor (1885-91) and Chancellor (1891-1910) of New York University, Henry Mitchell MacCracken was an enthusiastic supporter of intercollegiate athletics. He persuaded N.Y.U. alumni from his native Ohio to contribute sufficient funds to build athletic facilities for […]

Steve Gutman

Steve Gutman (Executive.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Jan. 24, 1935.)  After being named Jets president June 14, 1988, succeeding the late Jim Kensil, Steve Gutman became one of the most respected chief executives in the N.F.L.  Upon the death of owner Leon Hess (May 7, 1999), Gutman was named in the owner’s Will to assist […]

Luther Halsey Gulick

Luther Halsey Gulick (Executive.  Born, Honolulu, H.T., Dec. 14, 1865; died, South Casco, ME, Aug. 13, 1918.)  At least partial credit for the invention of basketball goes to Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick.  Gulick was Dr. James Naismith’s supervisor at the Springfield (Mass.) Y.M.C.A. school in 1891 when he urged Naismith to create “an indoor game” to […]

Len Grant

Len Grant (College football.  Born, Boston, MA, Jan. 17, 1905; died, Dedham, MA, Aug. 6,1938.)  One of the standout interior linemen in the East during his career, Leonard T. Grant played for N.Y.U. from 1927 to 1929 and captained the Violets in his senior season.  Grant then played eight seasons with the Football Giants (1930-37).  […]

John Goldner

John Goldner (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 1, 1911; died, Elmhurst, NY, Dec. 10, 1999.)  John August Goldner began his administrative career as a student assistant to N.Y.U. graduate manager of athletics Albert Nixon in 1930.  Following his graduation (1932), he moved to the Rockefeller Center offices of Ned Irish (1934) to assist in the […]

Dave Fultz

Dave Fultz (Baseball.  Born, Staunton, VA, May 29, 1875; died, DeLand, FL, Oct. 30, 1959.)  Although earning a footnote in Yankees history as the man who got the team’s first extra-base hit in 1903, David Lewis Fultz was better known as an organizer and administrator.  Following a major league outfield stint with Philadelphia (N.L. 1898-99 […]

Lou Eisenstein

Lou Eisenstein (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 27, 1913; died, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 20, 1996.)  Rated one of the top referees for over 30 years, Leo Eisenstein was an official in both college and pro ball in the 1940s and 1950s.  Eisenstein began as a college referee but signed up with the new Basketball […]

Joe Durso

Joe Durso (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 22, 1924; died, Stony Brook, NY, Dec. 31, 2004.)  Known in baseball press boxes as “The Count,” Joseph Paul Durso was an elegant baseball writer for The New York Times for over two decades who later wrote extensively about thoroughbred racing.  In the 1970s, Durso covered primarily […]

Howard Dunney

Howard Dunney (College football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 19, 1912; died, Paramus, NJ, Jan. 31, 2004.)  Among the leading punters in the nation during his career, Howard Edwin Dunney was an end on N.Y.U.’s football varsity from 1935 to 1937.  His punting prowess earned him game Most Valuable Player honors in the 7-6 upset of […]

Hugh Devore

Hugh Devore (College football.  Born, Newark, NJ, Nov. 25, 1910; died, Edmond, OK, Dec. 8, 1992.)  A football player at Notre Dame and captain of its 1934 team, Hugh John Devore was also the last head coach of N.Y.U. varsity football.  Devore was hired to resurrect a failing program that had once filled Yankee Stadium […]

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