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Jack Murphy

Jack Murphy (Broadcasting. Born, Trenton, NJ, Mar. 31, 1914; died, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dec. 24, 1984.) Prior to 1948, there was no local television of baseball in New York as the three teams then active in the City generally agreed not to venture into the new medium. But after the successful telecast of the 1947 […]

Carl Hubbell

Carl Hubbell (Baseball.  Born, Carthage, MO, June 22, 1903; died, Scottsdale, AA, Nov. 21, 1988.)  Carl Owen Hubbell, a lefthanded pitcher who helped make the screwball famous, became the most renowned pitcher for the New York Giants since the heyday of Christy Mathewson.  Known as “King Carl,” Hubbell helped pitch the Giants to three pennants […]

Russ Hodges

Russ Hodges (Broadcaster.  Born, Covington, KY, June 12, 1911; died, Mill Valley, CA, Apr. 19, 1971.)  Russ Hodges will be forever remembered as the announcer whose famous radio call of Bobby Thomson’s epic home run ended, “The Giants win the pennant . . . the Giants win the pennant . . . the Giants win […]

Jim Hickman

Jim Hickman (Baseball.  Born, Henning, TN, May 10, 1937.)  Among the modestly successful of the young original Mets, James Lucius Hickman was acquired in the expansion draft of Oct. 10, 1961, for $50,000 from the St. Louis Cardinals.  By 1966, Hickman was the only Mets player who had been continuously with the team during its […]

Merle Hapes

Merle Hapes (Pro football.  Born, Garden Grove, CA, May 9, 1919; died, Biloxi, MS, July 18, 1994.)  Joining the Giants out of Mississippi in 1942, fullback Merle Hapes returned from military duty in 1946 to play 10 games, rushing for 161 yards as well as receiving and doing some punting.  When the Giants reached that […]

Willie Mays

Willie Mays (Baseball. Born, Westfield, AL, May 6, 1931.) Most observers agree that Willie Howard Mays, Jr., is the most complete baseball player of his generation. He brought a joy to playing that was apparent to even the most casual observer. His New York career was divided into two distinct parts. From 1951-57 (except for […]

Carl Mays

Carl Mays (Baseball. Born, Liberty, KY, Nov. 12, 1891; died, El Cajon, CA, Apr. 4, 1971.) Winning 53 games in his first two full seasons with the Yankees, submarining righthander Carl William Mays was most noted for a tragic incident on Aug. 16, 1920, at the Polo Grounds, when he beaned Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman. […]

Tim Mara

Tim Mara (Pro football. Born, New York, NY, July 29, 1887; died, New York, NY, Feb. 16, 1959.) One of the legendary names not only in New York sports but in all of pro football, Timothy J. Mara created the second-oldest continuous sports franchise in the New York area, the New York Football Giants, in […]

Ruby Goldstein

Ruby Goldstein (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 7, 1907; died, Miami Beach, FL, Apr. 22, 1984.)  Known as “the Jewel of the Ghetto” during his days as a professional fighter, Reuben Goldstein is perhaps best remembered as a boxing referee who  worked 39 championship fights in over two decades as the third man in […]

George Furey

George Furey (College football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 8, 1914; died, Nyack, NY, Jan. 20, 1986.)  Co-captain of the 1936 Columbia football team, George Francis Furey returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown Nov. 28 to give the Lions another 7-0 victory over Stanford, this time at the Polo Grounds.  (Columbia had also […]

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