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Branch Rickey

Branch Rickey (Baseball.  Born, Stockdale, OH, Dec. 20, 1881; died, Columbia, MO, Dec. 9, 1965.)  When Branch Rickey came to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942, he inherited a club that had won the 1941 National League championship.  The team, however, was soon to yield to the ravages of age, accelerated by the onset of World […]

Vic Raschi

Vic Raschi (Baseball.  Born, West Springfield, MA, Mar. 28, 1919; died, Groveland, NY, Oct. 14, 1988.)  A hard-throwing righthander whom Mel Allen called “the Springfield Rifle,” Victor John Angelo Raschi was a 21-game winner three straight years (1949-51).  Raschi began his minor league career in 1941 but began to hit his stride after three years […]

Eddie Stanky

Eddie Stanky (Baseball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 3, 1916; died, Fairhope, AL, June 6, 1999.)  About half of Edward Raymond Stanky’s 11-year career was spent with New York teams.  The Brat spent almost four years with the Dodgers (1944-47) and two more with the Giants (1950-51).  He helped both win pennants.  Stanky hit .252 and was […]

Tim Hurst

Tim Hurst (Baseball.  Born, Ashland, PA, June 30, 1865; died, Pottsville, PA, June 4, 1915.)  It was his voice that got him his job and his temper that lost it for him.  In the days before public address systems, umpires had to announce lineups and changes.  Timothy Carroll Hurst was a famed boxing ring announcer.  […]

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 […]

Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez (Baseball.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 20, 1953.)  Considered the best-fielding first baseman of his time, Keith Hernandez a vital piece in the Mets’ championship puzzle.  Hernandez was not only an exceptional fielder but an excellent situational hitter and a powerful force in the clubhouse.  He came to the Mets June 15, 1983, […]

Mickey Owen

Mickey Owen (Baseball.  Born, Nixa, MO, Apr. 4, 1916; died, Mount Vernon, MO, July 13, 2005.)  In the long catalogue of Brooklyn Dodgers frustration in World Series games, Arnold Malcolm Owen always earns prominent mention.  Mickey Owen failed to catch a third strike to the Yankees Tommy Henrich that would have ended the fourth game of […]

Pat Leahy

Pat Leahy (Pro football. Born, St. Louis, MO, Mar. 19, 1951.) Few, if any, athletes have come to New York with so little fanfare and had such long, productive careers as Patrick Leahy. An injury in 1974 to Bobby Howfield, their placekicker, forced the Jets to find a replacement. Leahy, a college soccer player at […]

Frankie Frisch

Frankie Frisch (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 9, 1898; died, Wilmington, DE, Mar. 12, 1973.)  Frankie Francis Frisch was known throughout his baseball career as the “Fordham Flash” for good reason.  Fordham  incubated Frisch’s talents. He attended Fordham Grammar School, Fordham Prep and Fordham College.  His speed earned him the sobriquet “flash” as a youngster and […]

Bing Devine

Bing Devine (Baseball.  Born, Overland, MO, Mar. 1, 1917; died, St. Louis, MO, Jan. 27, 2007.)  While spending the majority of his baseball executive career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Vaughan P. Devine was the second man to serve as president of the Mets.  Devine started with St. Louis while an undergraduate at Washington Univ., […]

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