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Harry Wismer

Harry Wismer (Sportscaster and club owner.  Born, Port Huron, MI, June 30, 1913; died, New York, NY, Dec. 4, 1967.)  From his start at WJR in Detroit in 1935, Harry Wismer was one of America’s leading sportscasters.  In 1941, Wismer became the sports director and lead announcer for NBC’s second radio network (“Blue”), which shortly […]

Don Williams

Don Williams (Sportswriter.  Born, Jamaica, NY, Aug. 31, 1932; died, Westbury, NY, Sept. 1, 2011.)  A quiet, unassuming presence, Clement Donald Williams spent nearly a half-century covering sports, primarily pro football.  Williams was hired by the Long Island Press in 1950 and worked a wide range of inside jobs at the paper, moving into sports […]

Sonny Werblin

Sonny Werblin (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 17, 1910; died, New York, NY, Nov. 21, 1991.)  David A. Werblin first gained wide public notice in the sports field when in 1963 he led the syndicate that purchased the bankrupt New York Titans and turned the A.F.L. club into the Jets.  In 1951, Werblin was named […]

Curley Johnson

Curley Johnson (Pro football.  Born, Anna, TX, July 2, 1935.)  Traded to the Titans by the Dallas Texans during the 1961 training camp, John Curley Johnson became the Jets’ top punter through 1968.  Johnson was originally signed for his versatility, as he had experience at running back and offensive end.  But by 1963, he was […]

Robert F. Kelley

Robert F. Kelley (Sportswriter.  Born, Narragansett Pier, RI, Sept. 15, 1900; died, Huntington, NY, Dec. 14, 1975.)  Emerging as a man for many seasons, Robert Fulton Paul Anthony Kelley began his career at the New York Evening Post in 1920.  Kelley covered horse racing, a little baseball, polo, yachting, and even the occasional football game.  […]

Bob Mischak

Bob Mischak (College and pro football. Born, Newark, NJ, Oct. 25, 1932.) An outstanding all-around athlete at West Point, Robert Michael Mischak was later to play for both the Giants and the Titans. While at West Point, Mischak earned three letters as a football end, three more in baseball, and another in basketball (1951-54). He […]

Leon Hess

Leon Hess (Pro football.  Born, Asbury Park, NJ, Mar. 13, 1914; died, New York, NY, May 7, 1999.)  While he became distinguished as a benevolent owner in his later years, Leon Hess was the junior partner in the five-man syndicate that purchased the bankrupt Titans of the American Football League in 1963.  Hess was also […]

Pat McDonough

Pat McDonough (Sportswriter. Born, Fargo, ND, Mar. 11, 1906; died, Kearny, NJ, Mar. 1, 1996.) On July 1, 1925, when the Evening Telegram was still located at 73 Dey Street in Manhattan, Patrick J. McDonough reported to work as a copy boy. In 1927, McDonough – who was known as “the figure filbert of the […]

Don Maynard

Don Maynard (Pro football. Born, Crosbyton, TX, Jan. 25, 1936.) Although he played parts of seasons with three other teams, Don Maynard will always be identified with the New York Jets, with whom he became one of the great pass receivers in the history of football. When he retired after the 1973 season, he was […]

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