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Gene Michael

Gene Michael (Baseball. Born, Kent, OH, June 2, 1938.) After spending seven years (1968-74) of his major league career with the Yankees, lean Eugene Richard Michael (known as “Stick”) became one of the most important characters in the Yankees’ executive cast. Michael played 10 years in the majors as a switch-hitting shortstop. He batted .229 in […]

Long Bob Meusel

Long Bob Meusel (Baseball. Born, San Jose, CA, July 19, 1896; died, Downey, CA, Nov. 28, 1977.) On 10 years with the Yankees, Robert William Meusel was the regular leftfielder and an integral part of the start of the dynasty. Meusel, a tall (6’3”) righthand hitter, had enough power to balance the strength from the […]

Stump Merrill

Stump Merrill (Baseball. Born, Brunswick, ME, Feb. 15, 1944.) A member of the organization for over 25 years, Carl Harrison Merrill did a stint as the Yankees manager (1990-91) and two as a coach (1985, 1986-87), mostly at first base. Merrill succeeded Bucky Dent as Yankees manager after the team started 18-31. He was dismissed after […]

Fred Merkle

Fred Merkle (Baseball. Born, Watertown, WI, Dec. 20, 1888; died, Daytona Beach, FL, Mar. 2, 1956.) On Sept. 23, 1908, Frederick Charles Merkle failed to touch second base at the Polo Grounds and thereby earned eternal baseball notoriety. Al Bridwell’s ninth-inning single apparently scored Harry McCormick with the winning run for a 2-1 Giants victory […]

Cash ‘n’ Carry Pyle

Cash ‘n’ Carry Pyle (Promoter.  Born, Van Wert, OH, Mar. 15, 1882; died, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 3, 1939.)  Easily the best-known sports promoter of the 1920s, Charles C. Pyle earned his nickname by his demands for upfront money (and a share of the team) while representing Red Grange in contract negotiations with the Chicago […]

Red Grange

Red Grange (Pro football.  Born, Forksville, PA, June 13, 1903; died, Lake Wales, FL, Jan. 28, 1991.)  In the 1920s, during the so-called “Golden Age of Sports” in America, Harold Edward Grange was the star who put pro football on the big-time stage.  Grange’s sensational exploits at the University of Illinois grabbed headlines across the […]

Ed Barrow

Ed Barrow (Baseball.  Born, Springfield, IL, May 10, 1868; died, Port Chester, NY, Dec. 15, 1953.)  Considered by most observers to be the architect of the New York Yankees dynasty, Edward Grant Barrow was the man who engineered the deal that brought Babe Ruth to New York and then constructed the supporting cast.  Barrow, perhaps […]

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