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Len Koenecke

Len Koenecke (Baseball. Born, Baraboo, WI, Jan. 18, 1904; died, Toronto, Ont., Sept. 17, 1935.) A prolific hitter as a minor league outfielder, Leonard George Koenecke lost the war with booze and a battle with a fire extinguisher. A lefthanded hitter, Koenecke hit .343, .389, and .397 with his first three minor league clubs (1927-28). […]

Mark Koenig

Mark Koenig (Baseball. Born, San Francisco, CA, July 19, 1902; died, Willows, CA, Apr. 22, 1993.) Noted as the shortstop for the 1927 “Murderers Row” Yankees, Mark Anthony Koenig played in three World Series (1926-28) with the Yankees, but also played against them in two Series. Koenig was a better hitter than a fielder as […]

Dave Klein

Dave Klein (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Mar. 10, 1940.)  Three times in six years, David S. Klein had his work chosen as the No. 1 submission to the Best Sports Stories anthology.  Klein was adjudged the winner in the national compendium in 1974 for his coverage of the Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King tennis match in […]

Dave Koslo

Dave Koslo (Baseball. Born, Menasha, WI, Mar. 31, 1920; died, Menasha, WI, Dec. 1, 1975.) Born George Bernard Koslowski, Dave Koslo was a lefthander whose 10 years with the Giants were interrupted by military service in World War II. Koslo came to the Giants in 1941 and was 4-8 before entering the service in 1943. […]

Joe King

Joe King (Sportswriter.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, May 19, 1908; died, Ridgewood, NJ, Apr. 16, 1979.)  Recognized as one of the first writers to see pro football as a major national sport, Joseph King began his career as a yachting writer.  King joined the Evening Telegram in 1930.  The paper became the World-Telegram in 1931 […]

Buddy Kerr

Buddy Kerr (Baseball.  Born, Astoria, New York, Nov. 6, 1922; died, New York, NY, Nov. 7, 2006.)  A lean, lantern-jawed shortstop with a great glove is the way most Giants fans remember John Joseph Kerr.  Kerr did not start out as a smooth fielder.  Despite hitting just .209 at Jersey City, he was called up […]

Les Keiter

Les Keiter (Broadcasting.  Born, Seattle, Wash., Apr. 27, 1919; died, Kailua, Hawaii, April 14, 2009.)  For nearly a decade starting in 1954, Les R. Keiter was one of the most recognizable voices in New York sports radio.  Keiter became sports director at WINS (AM 1010) in 1954 and began doing a pre-game show before Yankees […]

Tim Keefe

Tim Keefe (Baseball.  Born, Cambridge, MA, Jan. 1, 1857; died, Cambridge, MA, Apr. 23, 1933.)  One of the premier righthanders of the 1880s, Timothy John Keefe pitched for New York teams in three different leagues and won pennants with two of them.  Keefe began his big league career with Troy, N.Y., in 1880 and came […]

Dick Lynch

Dick Lynch (Pro football. Born, Oceanside, NY, Apr. 29, 1936; died, New York, NY, Sept, 24, 2008.) Drafted in the sixth round by Washington in 1958 out of Notre Dame, Richard Dennis Lynch was acquired by the Giants in a spring 1959 trade. Lynch was a Giants defensive back (1959-66) who twice led the league […]

Larry Jansen

Larry Jansen (Baseball.  Born, Verboort, OR, July 16, 1920; died, Verboort, OR, Oct. 10, 2009.)  After a stunning 30-6 season with San Francisco of the P.C.L., Lawrence Joseph Jansen was sold to the Giants.  Jansen did not disappoint, winning 21 of 26 decisions in 1947 with a team that finished fourth and would have done […]

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