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Amos Rusie

Amos Rusie (Baseball.  Born, Mooresville, IN, May 31, 1871; died, Seattle, WA, Dec. 6, 1942.)  Even though he won 245 games in 10 major league seasons, Amos Wilson Rusie was perhaps most famous for games he didn’t win.  Rusie missed three full seasons due to contract disputes, marital difficulties, and an 1898 sore arm.  He […]

Jacob Ruppert

Jacob Ruppert (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 5, 1867; died, New York, NY, Jan. 13, 1939.)  Col. Jacob Ruppert was a sportsman of many parts, maintaining a racing stable and a dog kennel, but gained his fame for being the man whose money and vision built the Yankees into the dominant force in New […]

Damon Runyon

Damon Runyon (Sportswriter.  Born, Manhattan, KS, Oct. 4, 1884; died, New York, NY, Dec. 10, 1946.)  Alfred Damon Runyon is one of the unique characters of American sportswriting.  He became one of the towering literary figures of the 1920s and 1930s from a base that was essentially rooted in sports.  After a newspaper career that […]

Charles Stoneham

Charles Stoneham (Baseball.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, July 5, 1876; died, Hot Springs, AR, Jan. 6, 1936.)  During the months immediately after the end of World War I (Nov. 11, 1918), there was great anxiety in baseball circles as to whether the sport would recover from its war-shortened 1918 season and whether the game could recapture […]

Horace Stoneham

Horace Stoneham (Baseball.  Born, Newark, NJ, Apr. 27, 1903; died, Scottsdale, AZ, Jan. 7, 1990.)  Following the death of his father in Jan. 1936, Horace Charles Stoneham became head of the Third Surety Co., owner of the National Exhibition Co., which, in turn, owned the New York Giants baseball club.  Stoneham was to serve as president […]

Ken Strong

Ken Strong (College and pro football.  Born, West Haven, CT, Apr. 21, 1906; died, New York, NY, Oct. 5, 1979.)  An early star for the Football Giants, and rated by most as New York University’s greatest athlete, Elmer Kenneth Strong was the leader of a college football team that enjoyed the greatest success in the school’s history.  […]

Eddie Stanky

Eddie Stanky (Baseball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 3, 1916; died, Fairhope, AL, June 6, 1999.)  About half of Edward Raymond Stanky’s 11-year career was spent with New York teams.  The Brat spent almost four years with the Dodgers (1944-47) and two more with the Giants (1950-51).  He helped both win pennants.  Stanky hit .252 and was […]

Fred Snodgrass

Fred Snodgrass (Baseball.  Born, Ventura, CA, Oct. 19, 1887; died, Ventura, CA, Apr. 5, 1974.)  After playing independent, semipro, and college ball in California, Frederick Charles Snodgrass was signed by the Giants June 21, 1908.  He played six games that season, including three as a catcher.  It was as an outfielder, though, that Snodgrass was to […]

Ken Smith

Ken Smith (Sportswriter.  Born, Danbury, CT, Jan. 8, 1902; died, Palatine Bridge, NY, Mar. 1, 1991.)  A diminutive man who became a large figure in baseball, Ken Smith came to New York to join the tabloid Evening Graphic.  In 1932, when the Graphic folded, Smith was of sufficient stature to land at the Daily Mirror, where […]

Garry Schumacher

Garry Schumacher (Public relations.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 2, 1901; died, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 22, 1978.)  He was effectively the only head publicist the Giants ever had in New York, but Garry Schumacher also had a lengthy career as a sportswriter.  Born in Greenpoint, Schumacher began as a teenager with the Brooklyn Standard-Banner and then […]

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