New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

Tag Archives: Yogi Berra

Frank Scott

Frank Scott (Player agent.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 17, 1917; died, Livingston, NJ, June 28, 1998.)  Among those who shaped contemporary sports in the last half of the 20th century was Frank Scott, who, in effect, was the first players agent.  Scott did not negotiate players’ contracts, as the many who followed in his footsteps did.  […]

Cleon Jones

Cleon Jones (Baseball.  Born, Plateau, AL, Aug. 4, 1942.)  A sometimes-indifferent fielder who was once removed from a game for failure to hustle, Cleon Joseph Jones set a team record that stood for nearly thirty years by hitting .340 in 1969.  Probably the first genuine star ever developed by the Mets, Jones joined the Mets […]

Johnny Keane

Johnny Keane (Baseball.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Nov. 3, 1911; died, Houston, TX, Jan. 6, 1967.)  A man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time in Yankees history, John Joseph Keane managed St. Louis to victory in the 1964 World Series.  When the Yankees (who lost the Series to the Cardinals) dismissed […]

Elston Howard

Elston Howard (Baseball.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Feb. 23, 1929; died, New York, NY, Dec. 14, 1980.)  In 1954, Elston Gene Howard hit .330 and drove in 109 runs for Toronto and was the International League M.V.P.  The time had come for the Yankees to have their first black player and Howard was the man.  […]

Ralph Houk

Ralph Houk (Baseball.  Born, Lawrence, KS, Aug. 9, 1918; died, Winter Haven, FL, July 21, 2010.)  Among his many distinctions, Ralph George Houk is the only man ever to manage Yankee clubs that won world championships and finished last in a 10-team American League.  A member of the Yankees organization starting in 1939, Houk joined […]

Babe Pinelli

Babe Pinelli (Baseball.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 18, 1895; died, Daly City, CA, Oct. 22, 1984.)  On his final called strike as a major league umpire, Ralph Arthur Pinelli sealed Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.  Pinelli called out pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell to end the fifth game of the Series on […]

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown (Baseball.  Born, Seattle, WA, Oct. 25, 1924.)  A cardiologist who became president of the American League, Robert William Brown was also a third baseman and clutch lefthanded hitter.  Brown received a $50,000 bonus for signing with the Yankees, and this astonishing sum caused him to be nicknamed “The Golden Boy.”  In 1946 with […]

Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra (Baseball.  Born, St. Louis, MO, May 12, 1925)  Lawrence Peter Berra’s career is a classic success story in the manner of American fiction.  Berra rose from the poor Italian working-class neighborhood of St. Louis known as “the Hill” to become the only man to manage both the Yankees and Mets to pennants.  In […]

Sandy Amoros

Sandy Amoros (Baseball.  Born, Havana, Cuba, Jan. 30, 1930; died, Miami, FL, June 27, 1992.)  Edmundo Isasi Amoros earned his New York baseball immortality with a single stab of his glove.  Amoros’ fabled catch in the sixth inning of the seventh game of the 1955 World Series paved the way for Brooklyn’s only Series triumph […]

About This Dictionary

The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel. We welcome public and scholarly contributions and suggestions.

Share Our Blog!

Sort by Last Name


Support n-yhs

Help us support our sports database and other collections.

About Bill Shannon

A prolific author, wire service sports reporter, long time Major League Baseball official scorer, football statistician, sports museum founder, theatrical agency owner and public ... read more

Submission Form

* (denotes required field)

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy