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Carl Martin

Carl Martin (Public address. Born, West New York, NJ, Mar. 13, 1919; died, Lakewood, NJ, May 10, 2009 .) Carl Martin worked as a sports columnist, a publicist and group ticket salesman before finding a niche as a public address announcer, initially as a backup to the great John Condon at Madison Square Garden. Martin began filling […]

Fred Podesta

Fred Podesta (Executive.  Born, Hoboken, NJ, Mar. 3, 1914; died, New York, NY, Nov. 15, 1999.)  Distinguished as the Knicks’ first official general manager, Frederick Joseph Podesta was also a pioneer in the promotion of tennis with the coming of the Open Era in 1968.  After 11 years as traveling secretary and a business manager […]

Al Picker

Al Picker (Sportswriting.  Born, Newark, NJ, Apr. 8, 1932.)  In a career reaching over a half-century, Alvin Picker became easily the most honored tennis writer in New Jersey history.  Beginning while a student on a part-time basis, Picker continuously covered tennis for The Star-Ledger of Newark from 1954 to 2005.  He became the paper’s tennis […]

Vitas Gerulaitis

Vitas Gerulaitis (Tennis.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 26, 1954; died, Southampton, NY, Sept. 18, 1994.)  Leaving Columbia after his freshman year to turn pro was a good decision for Vitas K. Gerulaitis, although it generated some condemnation at the time.  By 1977, Gerulaitis had broken into the top 10 money winners on the pro tour, […]

Ed Furgol

Ed Furgol (Golf.  Born, New York Mills, NY, Mar. 27, 1919; died, Miami Shores, FL, Mar. 6, 1997.)  For sheer determination, there has rarely been a professional golfer who equaled Edward B. Furgol.  Furgol played touring pro with a crooked left arm as the result of a childhood accident. Yet, he challenged for most of […]

Johnny Farrell

Johnny Farrell (Golf.  Born, White Plains, NY, Apr. 1, 1901; died, Boynton Beach, FL, June 14, 1988.)  After a career that lasted some 15 years as a touring pro, Johnny Farrell achieved additional fame as the home pro at the fabled Baltrusol club in Springfield, N.J., for 38 years.  Farrell first hit the touring circuit […]

Olin Dutra

Olin Dutra (Golf.  Born, Monterrey, CA, Jan. 17, 1901; died, Newman, CA, May 5, 1983.)  A touring pro in the 1930s, Olin Dutra won many major tournaments, including the Metropolitan Open and P.G.A. championship in 1932 and the U.S. Open in 1934.

Jimmy Demaret

Jimmy Demaret (Golf.  Born, Houston, TX, May 10, 1910; died, Houston, TX, Dec. 28, 1983.)  Although his appearances in the northeast were limited mainly to the U.S. Open, James Newton Demaret was a major name in golf thanks to his three victories at the Masters (1940, ’47, ’50).

Wiffy Cox

Wiffy Cox (Golf.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 27, 1897; died, Washington, DC, Feb. 20, 1969.)  Tied with Walter Hagen as a runner-up in the 1934 Metropolitan Open, Wilfred Hiram Cox was also a long-time pro at Dyker Beach.  Cox was a fireman aboard the battleship U.S.S. Nevada during World War I but was then drawn to […]

Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors (Tennis.  Born, Belleville, IL, Sept. 2, 1952.)  Perhaps the player most emblematic of tennis’ transition in the late 1960s and early 1970s from genteel country-club amateurism to noisy professionalism, James Scott Connors won the U.S. Open five times on three surfaces in two venues, but may today be best remembered for an Open […]

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