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James Gordon Bennett, Jr.

James Gordon Bennett, Jr. (Yachting, polo.  Born, New York, NY, May 10, 1841; died, Paris, France, May 14, 1918.)  In common with many wealthy young men of his era, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., was both socially prominent and important to the development of sports in the U.S.  Bennett’s father founded the New York Herald in […]

Rex Barney

Rex Barney (Baseball.  Born, Omaha, NE, Dec. 19, 1924; died, Baltimore, MD, Aug. 12, 1997.)  After one good season on the mound, Rex Edward Barney enjoyed many good seasons behind the microphone.  Barney had an unhittable fastball but unpredictable control.  The lefthander flunked a tryout with Detroit, got signed by the wartime Dodgers, and pitched […]

Lee Ballanfant

Lee Ballanfant (Baseball.  Born, Waco, TX, Dec. 27, 1895; died, Dallas, TX, July 15, 1987.)  A broken leg while playing in the old Texas Association led Edward Lee Ballanfant to start umpiring in the same league the next season.  Ballanfant umpired 10 seasons in the minors before moving up from the Texas League to the […]

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