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Buddy Young

Buddy Young (Pro football.  Born, Chicago, IL, Jan. 5, 1926; died, Terrell, TX, Sept. 4, 1983.)  A small, elusive package of halfback, Claude (Buddy) Young was a thrilling part of New York pro football for five seasons with teams in two leagues based in Yankee Stadium.  As a rookie in 1947, Young first excited New […]

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth (Baseball.  Born, Baltimore, MD, Feb. 6, 1895; died, New York, NY, Aug. 16, 1948.)  Television was the springboard to fame for most of the celebrated athletes of the 20th century and the reason many of the greats in the second half of the century earned name recognition far greater than those preceding them.  […]

Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 25, 1917; died, West Orange, NJ, Aug. 13, 2007.)  Philip Francis Rizzuto was a part of the New York Yankees longer than any other man in the history of the franchise, except perhaps only public address announcer Bob Sheppard.  Joining the team in 1941 as a reserve […]

Casey Stengel

Casey Stengel (Baseball.  Born, Kansas City, MO, July 30, 1889; died, Glendale, CA, Sept. 30, 1975.)  Charles Dillon Stengel for two decades was, perhaps, the most recognizable figure in baseball.  His period of great recognition began twenty years after his active playing career ended.  Casey Stengel was a better-than-journeyman outfielder.  He played with five National League […]

George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner (Executive.  Born, Rocky River, OH, July 4, 1930; died, Tampa, FL, July 13, 2010.) One of the most visible figures in New York sports history, George Michael Steinbrenner, III, owned the Yankees longer than anyone else had, and reestablished the team as the sport’s flagship franchise team during his tumultuous 37-year ownership, though his […]

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 […]

Chuck Knoblauch

Chuck Knoblauch (Baseball.  Born, Houston, TX, July 7, 1968.)  An All-Star second baseman and steady hitter with Minnesota, Edward Charles Knoblauch essentially forced the trade that sent him to the Yankees Feb. 6, 1998, for four players and cash reported as $3 million.  Knoblauch immediately became an enigma in New York.  A lifetime .304 hitter […]

Clyde Kluttz

Clyde Kluttz (Baseball.  Born, Rockwell, NC, Dec. 12, 1917; died, Salisbury, NC, May 12, 1979.)  A journeyman major league catcher, Clyde Franklin Kluttz became known as the scout who signed righthander Catfish Hunter – twice.  Kluttz convinced the Kansas City Athletics to sign Hunter for some $75,000 in June 1964, even though the pitcher had […]

Moss Klein

Moss Klein (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, July 27, 1950.)  Now deputy sports editor of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Moss H. Klein was the paper’s Yankees beat writer for 17 seasons (1976-92).  Klein went on the beat four years after joining The Star-Ledger and landed in the middle of a tumultuous period of Yankees history.  His […]

Mike Michalske

Mike Michalske (Pro football. Born, Cleveland, OH, Apr. 24, 1903; died, Green Bay, WI, Oct. 26, 1983.) As a guard who was the best interior lineman on the team, Michael Michalske played for all three original Yankees teams (A.F.L. 1926, N.F.L. 1927-28). After the Yankees disbanded, Michalske went to Green Bay for eight seasons (1929-35, […]

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