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Ross Youngs

Ross Youngs (Baseball.  Born, Shiner, TX, Apr. 10, 1897; died, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 22, 1927.)  Of all the players he managed during his lengthy reign (1902-32) at the helm of the New York Giants, John McGraw had no more than three personal favorites.  Christy Mathewson was certainly one, the young Mel Ott was probably another, and […]

Hoyt Wilhelm

Hoyt Wilhelm (Baseball.  Born, Huntersville, NC, July 26, 1923; died, Sarasota, FL, Aug. 23, 2002.)  Starting a career that was to last 21 years with nine teams, James Hoyt Wilhelm joined the New York Giants in 1952 and was 15-3 in a league-high 71 appearances.  Wilhelm was unique as a knuckleballer who specialized in relief […]

Ray Wietecha

Ray Wietecha (Pro football.  Born, East Chicago, IN, Nov. 4, 1928; died, Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 24, 2002.)  An ironman center who played 124 games in a row at center for the Giants, Raymond Walter Wietecha was drafted in 1950.  Wietecha had been the all-Big 10 center for the Northwestern team that won the 1949 Rose […]

Bill White

Bill White (Baseball.  Born, Lakewood, Fla., Jan. 28, 1934.)  A versatile man with a strong personality, William DeKova White had three distinct careers in baseball.  While in the New York Giants farm system, White attended Hiram (O.) College, but he became a big league player, not a doctor.  In 1956, he played 138 games as […]

Mickey Welch

Mickey Welch (Baseball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 4, 1859; died, Nashua, NH, July 30, 1941.)  A known quantity when he was acquired along with the rest of franchise from Troy, N.Y., after the 1882 season, Michael Francis Welch became the first great pitcher of the New York Giants.  From 1884-86, Welch won 116 of 170 […]

Arnie Weinmeister

Arnie Weinmeister (Pro football.  Born, Rhine, Sask., Mar. 23, 1923; died, Seattle, WA, June 28, 2000.)  A hard-hitting tackle who was a versatile two-way player, Arnold G. Weinmeister joined the A.A.F.C. Yankees from the University of Washington in 1948.  When the A.A.F.C. folded after the 1949 season, Weinmeister moved to the N.F.L. Giants, where he […]

Y.A. Tittle

Y.A. Tittle (Pro football.  Born, Marshall, TX, Oct. 24, 1926.)  As a star at Louisiana State from 1944-47 and for 12 seasons of pro football, Yelverton Abraham Tittle was one of the standout quarterbacks in the sport.  In 1961, he joined the New York Giants in a trade for tackle Lou Cordileone.  Over the next […]

Bob Tisch

Bob Tisch (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 29, 1926; died, New York, NY, Nov. 15, 2005.) Long a leader of New York’s cultural, educational, and charitable community, Preston Robert Tisch joined the elite of professional sports ownership in Feb. 1991. Achieving a life-long ambition, he purchased half of the Football Giants franchise from Tim Mara […]

Fresco Thompson

Fresco Thompson (Baseball.  Born, Centreville, AL, June 6, 1902; died, Fullerton, CA, Nov. 20, 1968.)  A second baseman who did brief tours with the Giants (1926, 1934) and Brooklyn (1931-32), Lafayette Fresco Thompson later became a Dodgers executive.  Thompson was named assistant farm director in 1949 and a vice president the next year after Walter […]

Bill Terry

Bill Terry (Baseball.  Born, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 30, 1898; died, Jacksonville, FL, Jan. 9, 1989.)  William Harold Terry was not only the best National League first baseman of his time, but he also compiled a lifetime .341 average in 14 seasons with the New York Giants and managed the team to three pennants.  Terry joined […]

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