Jacob Ruppert, Jr. was an American brewer, National Guard colonel and United States Congressman who served for four terms representing New York from 1899 to 1907. He owned the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball from 1915 until his death in 1939, starting out in the family brewing business, Ruppert entered the United States National Guard in 1886 at the age of 19, eventually reaching the rank of colonel. While he was the owner of the Yankees, he purchased the contract of Babe Ruth and built Yankee Stadium, reversing the franchises fortunes, Ruppert was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2013. Ruppert was born in New York City, the son of brewer Jacob Ruppert, Sr. and his wife and he was the second oldest of six children, along with Cornelia Ruppert-Franko, Anna Schalk, Frank and Amanda Elizabeth Lizzie Ruppert-Silleck. His grandfather Franz, a brewer from Bavaria, had emigrated to the United States in 1836 or 1842 and his mother was of German ethnicity, and was herself the daughter of prominent brewer George Gillig.
Although he was a second-generation American, to the day he died he spoke with a noticeable German accent and he grew up in the Jacob Ruppert, Sr. Jacob Jr. attended the Columbia Grammar School and he was accepted into Columbia College, but instead began working in the brewing business with his father in 1887. He started as a washer, working 12-hour days for $10 a week. Ruppert enlisted in the Seventh Regiment, National Guard of New York, in 1890, he was promoted to colonel and appointed to serve on the staff of David B. Hill, the Governor of New York, serving as aide-de-camp and he became a senior aide on the staff of Roswell P. Flower, Hills successor as governor, until 1895. Ruppert was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1898 as a member of the Democratic Party to the Fifty-sixth United States Congress, low of the Republican Party in New Yorks 15th congressional district. He was supported in his election by Richard Croker, the boss of Tammany Hall. Ruppert won reelection over Alderman Elias Goodman in 1900, Ruppert was renominated for Congress, this time running in New Yorks 16th congressional district, in 1902.
Ruppert was not a candidate for reelection in 1906, and he left office in 1907, Ruppert was president of the Astoria Silk Works and the United States Brewers Association from 1911 through 1914. In January 1914, he bought J&M Haffen Brewing Company for $700,000, intending to close the brewery down and develop the property, upon his fathers death in 1915, Ruppert inherited the Jacob Ruppert Brewing Company and became the companys president. Ruppert owned real estate, including Pass-a-Grille Key in Florida, interested in baseball since his childhood, began to pursue ownership of a Major League Baseball team, and attempted to purchase the New York Giants on numerous occasions. In 1912 he was offered an opportunity to purchase the Chicago Cubs, Frank J. Farrell and William S. Devery, owners of the New York Yankees, were looking to sell their franchise. Ruppert and Tillinghast LHommedieu Huston, a former United States Army engineer and captain, purchased the Yankees from Farrell and Devery before the 1915 season for $480,000
Daniel Reid Topping was a part owner and president of the New York Yankees baseball team from 1945 to 1964. Daniel Reid Topping was the son of Rhea Reid and Henry J. Topping, daniel Topping, along with Del Webb and Larry MacPhail, purchased the Yankees for $2.8 million from the estate of the late Jacob Ruppert on January 25,1945. Topping was co-owner, along with John Simms Kelly, of the National Football Leagues Brooklyn Dodgers starting in 1931, by the mid-1940s, Topping wished to move his football team from Ebbets Field into the newer and larger Yankee Stadium. Tim Mara, owner of the New York Giants, who played in the Polo Grounds, held NFL territorial rights, Topping moved the team anyway, joining the newly formed All-America Football Conference. Toppings team retained most of its players during the jump and became the football New York Yankees, the team was not one of the AAFC teams admitted to the NFL in 1950, and folded. His first marriage was to heiress Theodora Boettger and his second was to actress Arline Judge, who went on to marry his brother Henry, and lasted from 1937-1940.
He was married to three-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist Sonja Henie from 1940 to 1946 and his fourth marriage was to actress Kay Sutton in 1946. From 1954-1958, he was married to Manhattan model Alice Lowthers and his final marriage was to Charlotte Lillard which lasted from 1957 until his death. He died of complications from an ailment in Miami Beach, Florida on May 18,1974, at age 61 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx. Dan Topping at Find a Grave
Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra was an American professional baseball catcher and coach who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was an 18-time All-Star, and won 10 World Series championships as a player—more than any player in MLB history. Berra had a batting average of.285, while hitting 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of five players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, Berra was a native of St. Louis, and signed with the Yankees in 1943 before serving in the U. S. Navy in World War II. He made his debut at age 21 in 1946 and was a mainstay in the Yankees lineup during the teams championship years beginning in 1949. Despite his short stature, Berra was a power hitter and strong defensive catcher and he caught Don Larsens perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. After playing 18 seasons with the Yankees, Berra retired following the 1963 season and he spent the next season as their manager, joined the New York Mets in 1965 as coach.
Berra remained with the Mets for the decade, serving the last four years as their manager. He returned to the Yankees in 1976, coaching them for eight seasons and he was one of seven managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. Berra appeared as a player, coach or manager in one of the 13 World Series that New York baseball teams competed in from 1957 through 1981. In all, he appeared in 21 World Series,13 on the winning side, the Yankees retired his uniform number 8 in 1972, in an unusual twist, Bill Dickey wore number 8, and both catchers had that number retired by the Yankees. The club honored him with a plaque in Monument Park in 1988, Berra was named to the MLB All-Century Team in a vote by fans in 1999. For the remainder of his life, he was involved with the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. Berra quit school after the eighth grade and he was known for his malapropisms as well as pithy and paradoxical statements, such as It aint over til its over, while speaking to reporters.
He once simultaneously denied and confirmed his reputation by stating, I really didnt say everything I said, Yogi Berra was born Lorenzo Pietro Berra in a primarily Italian neighborhood of St. Louis called The Hill to Italian immigrants Pietro and Paolina Berra. Pietro was originally from Malvaglio near Milan in northern Italy, he arrived at Ellis Island on October 18,1909 at the age of 23, in a 2005 interview for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Yogi said, My father came over first. He came from the old country, and he didnt know what baseball was
Mel Allen was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. During the peak of his career in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Allen was arguably the most prominent member of his profession, years after his death, he is still promoted as having been The Voice of the Yankees. In his years, he gained a professional life as the first host of This Week in Baseball. This is the only home run ever to occur in a Game 7 of a World Series. Allen was born in Birmingham, Alabama and he attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Kappa Nu Fraternity as an undergraduate. During his time at Alabama, Israel served as the public address announcer for Alabama Crimson Tide football games, in 1933, when the station manager or sports director of Birminghams radio station WBRC asked Alabama coach Frank Thomas to recommend a new play-by-play announcer, he suggested Allen. His first broadcast was Alabamas home opener that year, against the Tulane Green Wave, Allen graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1937.
Shortly after graduating, Allen took a train to New York City for a weeks vacation, while on that weeks vacation, he auditioned for a staff announcers position at the CBS Radio Network. CBS executives already knew of Allen, the networks top sportscaster and he was hired at $45 a week. He often did non-sports announcing such as for big band remotes, or emceeing game shows such as Truth or Consequences, in his first year at CBS, he announced the crash of the Hindenburg when the station cut away from singer Kate Smiths show. He first became a celebrity when he ad libbed for a half-hour during the rain-delayed Vanderbilt Cup from an airplane. In 1939, he was the announcer for the Warner Brothers & Vitaphone film musical short-subject, On the Air, with Leith Stevens, stephen Borelli, in his biography How About That. States that it was at CBSs suggestion in 1937, the year Melvin Israel joined the network and he chose Allen, his fathers middle name as well as his own, and legally changed his name to Melvin Allen in 1943.
Allen was used as a commentator for CBSs radio broadcast of the 1938 World Series. Senators owner Clark Griffith wanted Walter Johnson, a former Senators pitcher, instead of Allen, in June 1939, Garnett Marks, McDonalds partner on Yankee broadcasts, twice mispronounced Ivory Soap, the Yankees sponsor at the time, as Ovary Soap. He was fired, and Allen was tapped to replace him and he periodically recounted an anecdote that occurred during his first full season as Yankee play-by-play man. Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig had been forced to retire the year before after having been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal illness. Speaking with Allen in the Yankee dugout, Gehrig told him Mel, but I want you to know theyre the only thing that keeps me going
WCBS, often referred to as WCBS Newsradio 880, is a radio station located in New York City. Owned by CBS Radio, the broadcasts on a clear channel and is the flagship station of CBS Radio News. The stations studios are located in the combined CBS Radio facility in the Hudson Square area of Manhattan, WCBS broadcasts in the HD format. The stations history back to 1924, when Alfred H. Grebe started WAHG at 920 AM. WAHG was a station in New York, and was one of the first commercial radio stations to broadcast from remote locations including horse races. After a short time broadcasting CBS programming three days a week, CBS president William S. Paley purchased WABC and it became a subsidiary of CBS. Soon after this purchase the station moved to a new frequency, this time to 860 AM, the station moved its studios into the CBS headquarters at 485 Madison Avenue. The station, still operating as WABC, featured a mix of local interest programming, ethnic content and music programs from CBSs national feed.
As time went by, WABC turned more and more to the programming provided by CBS and its affiliates. In 1939, the operations were moved across 52nd Street from the headquarters to the new CBS Studio Building. As a result, this station has no relation to the longtime ABC radio flagship station on 770 AM that began in 1921 as WJZ, and has operated as WABC since 1953. During this time WCBS featured well-known personalities including Arthur Godfrey, future CBS News President Bill Leonard, author Emily Kimbrough, one cause célèbre involving WCBS emerged in the 1950s. One of its hosts, John Henry Faulk, was part of an anti-blacklisting wing that took over leadership of the flagship New York chapter of the broadcasters union AFTRA. After Faulk and WCBS came under pressure from anti-Communist group Aware and attorney Louis Nizer sued Aware, Inc. for libel, a case often considered one of the key turning points in the battle against McCarthyism. Faulk was supported by fellow CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, according to Murrow biographer Joe Persico, Murrow gave Faulk the money he needed to retain Nizer as his lawyer.
The controversy became the subject of the 1975 CBS television movie Fear on Trial, since 1924, WCBS has been known for announcing the time consistently every three minutes. This is because during the early 20th century, not all listeners had reliable time pieces and they relied on synchronising their clocks up with the radio almost every day. To this day, WCBS announces the time frequently, on the hour, WCBS plays the iconic and distinctive CBS network ding indicating that the time is on the hour
James Alan Jim Bouton is an American retired professional baseball player. Bouton played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros and he has been a best-selling author, activist and one of the creators of Big League Chew. Bouton played college baseball at Western Michigan University, before signing his first professional contract with the Yankees and he was a member of the 1962 World Series champions, appeared in the 1963 MLB All-Star Game, and won both of his starts in the 1964 World Series. Later in his career, he developed and threw a knuckleball, Bouton authored the baseball book Ball Four, which was a combination diary of his 1969 season and memoir of his years with the Yankees and Astros. Bouton was born in Newark, New Jersey, at first Jim lived in Rochelle Park N. J. He moved his family in Ridgewood, New Jersey until he was 15, when his family relocated to Chicago Heights, Illinois. Bouton enrolled at Bloom High School, where he played for the baseball team.
Bouton was nicknamed Warm-Up Bouton because he never got to play in a game, blooms star pitcher at that time was Jerry Colangelo, who would become owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns. In summer leagues, Bouton did not throw particularly hard, Bouton attended Western Michigan University, and pitched for the Western Michigan Broncos baseball team. He earned a scholarship for his second year and that summer, he played amateur baseball, catching the attention of scouts. Yankees scout Art Stewart signed Bouton for $30,000, Bouton signed with the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1959. After playing in minor baseball, Bouton started his major league career in 1962 with the Yankees. By this time, he had developed a formidable fastball, Bouton appeared in 36 games during the 1962 season, including 16 starts, and had a win-loss record of 7–7. He did not play in the Yankees 1962 World Series victory over the San Francisco Giants, when the game was postponed a day because of rain, Ralph Terry pitched instead.
Bouton went 21–7 and 18–13 in the two seasons, and appeared in the 1963 All-Star Game. He was 2–1 with a 1.48 ERA in World Series play, a memorable duel between Bouton and Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers occurred in Game 3 of the 1963 World Series before a crowd of 55,912 at Dodger Stadium. Drysdale pitched a shutout in a 1-0 victory, Bouton giving up just four hits for the Yankees. The only run scored in the first inning on a walk, wild pitch, Bouton won both his starts in the 1964 World Series. Boutons frequent use by the Yankees during these years probably contributed to his subsequent arm troubles, in 1965, an arm injury slowed his fastball and ended his status as a pitching phenomenon
A pennant is a commemorative flag typically used to show support for a particular athletic team. Pennants have been used in all types of athletic levels, high school, collegiate. Traditionally, pennants were made of felt and fashioned in the colors of a particular team. Often graphics, usually the mascot symbol, as well as the name were displayed on pennants. The images displayed on pennants were either stitched on with contrasting colored felt or had screen-printing, vintage pennants with rare images or honoring special victories have become prized collectibles for sporting enthusiasts. While pennants are typically associated with teams, pennants have been made to honor institutions and vacation spots. In Major League Baseball, a pennant typically refers to such a flag flown specifically by the National League or American League championship team of a given season, the last few weeks of the regular American professional baseball season are known as a pennant race. This is a holdover from the time when the championships were determined by the team with the best record at the end of the regular season.
In Australian sports, the flag is used in the same context. The pennant is waved around in the crowd to support to the sport team they are cheering for
Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston
Tillinghast LHommedieu Huston, popularly known as Cap Huston, was co-owner of the Major League Baseball team that became the New York Yankees with Jacob Ruppert from 1915 to 1922. They had purchased the club from Frank J. Farrell and William S. Devery, in 1922, Huston retired and sold his share to Ruppert for $1.50 million. He was born in Buffalo, New York in 1867, Huston was a captain in the 16th Regiment of Engineers, serving in Cuba during the Spanish–American War. In August 1917, Huston arrived in France, and became commander of 16th Regiment of Engineers in spring of 1918 with rank of Lt. Colonel, Huston died on March 29,1938, in Darien, Georgia at the age of 70. New York Yankees managers and ownership Tillinghast LHommedieu Huston at Find a Grave
1964 Major League Baseball season
The 1964 Major League Baseball season is often remembered for the end of the New York Yankees third dynasty, as they won their 29th American League Championship in 44 seasons. However, the Yankees lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games, as of 2015, the Cardinals are the only National League team to have an edge over the Yankees in series played, amongst the non-expansion teams. February 2 – Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, february 17 – Former Chicago White Sox shortstop Luke Appling is selected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in a runoff vote. In 1953, the first year of eligibility for Appling, he received just two votes, april 8 – Houston Colt. 45s relief pitcher Jim Umbricht dies of cancer at the age of 33. The franchise would retire his number in 1965, by time it is known as the Astros. April 17 – The New York Mets play their first game at brand-new Shea Stadium, willie Stargell hits the first home run in the stadiums history, a second-inning solo shot off the Mets Jack Fisher.
In the first-ever Kiners Korner from Shea, Ralph Kiners guest is Casey Stengel, april 23 – At Colt Stadium, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt. 45s no-hits the Cincinnati Reds, and loses 1–0. To date, the game is the one in Major League history whose losing pitcher had pitched a nine-inning no-hitter. August 27 – The New York Mets sign Jerry Koosman as a free agent. May 31 – The second game of a header at Shea Stadium between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets lasts 23 innings. The Giants eventually win it, 8–6, june 4 – Sandy Koufax pitches the third of his four career no hitters, defeating the Phillies 3–0 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. June 15 – The Chicago Cubs trade Lou Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ernie Broglio, Doug Clemens and Bobby Shantz. The swap eventually gains notoriety as perhaps the most lopsided in the history of baseball, Bunning becomes the first pitcher to throw no-hitters in both leagues, and Gus Triandos becomes the first catcher to catch a no-hitter in each league.
Bunning throws just 90 pitches in winning his second no-hitter, the next time Bunning faces the Mets he will shut them out, the first no-hit pitcher in the 20th century to do that. The Mets fare little better in the nightcap, as 18-year-old rookie Rick Wise pitches into the inning to win his first game. The Phillies increase their National League lead to two games over the San Francisco Giants. July 7 – At Shea Stadium, Johnny Callisons ninth-inning three-run home run off Dick Radatz caps a four-run rally, Callison is named Game MVP as the NL triumph evens the series at 17. July 19 – Luis Tiant pitches a complete-game, four-hit shutout in his Major League debut, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3–0 victory over Whitey Ford, Tiant allowed just four singles while striking out eleven
Gerald Francis Jerry Coleman was a Major League Baseball second baseman for the New York Yankees and manager of the San Diego Padres for one year. Coleman was named the rookie of the year in 1949 by Associated Press, Yankees teams on which he was a player appeared in six World Series during his career, winning four times. Coleman served as a Marine Corps pilot in WW II and the Korean War, flying missions with the VMSB-341 Torrid Turtles. He became a broadcaster, and he was honored in 2005 by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford C, Frick Award for his broadcasting contributions. Born in San Jose, Coleman graduated from Lowell High School and he played six years in the Yankees minor league system before reaching the big club in 1949. Coleman hit.275 in his first year and led all second basemen in fielding percentage and he was the Associated Press rookie of the year in 1949, and finishing third in balloting by Baseball Writers Association of America. Coleman avoided a sophomore jinx by earning a selection to the All-Star team in 1950 and he shined in the World Series with brilliant defense, earning him the BBWAAs Babe Ruth Award as the seriess most valuable player.
While a Marine Corps aviator he flew 120 combat missions, and received numerous honors and medals including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. In recent years Coleman received numerous honors, being inducted into the USMC Sports Hall of Fame, Coleman was the only Major League Baseball player to have seen combat in two wars. Colemans career declined after he was injured the season, relegating him to a bench role. He was forced to retire after the 1957 season, but he left on a good note and he appeared in the World Series six times in his career, winning four of them. In 1958, New York Yankees general manager George Weiss named Coleman personnel director, roy Hamey terminated Coleman from that position, when Harney became the Yankees general manager. It was only after Coleman met with Howard Cosell that Coleman considered becoming a broadcaster, in 1960, Coleman began a broadcasting career with CBS television, conducting pregame interviews on the networks Game of the Week broadcasts. His broadcasting career ended that year, he was in the midst of an interview with Cookie Lavagetto when the national anthem began playing.
Coleman kept the interview going through the anthem, prompting an avalanche of angry letters to CBS, in 1963 he began a seven-year run calling Yankees games on WCBS radio and WPIX television. Colemans WPIX call of ex-teammate Mickey Mantles 500th career home run in 1967 was brief and from the heart, Heres the payoff pitch. During his time broadcasting with the Yankees he lived in Ridgewood, New Jersey, which he described as being 19.9 miles from Yankee Stadium and he was known in San Diego for his signature catchphrase, You can hang a star on that one, baby. Which he would deliver after a spectacular play, during home games, the phrase would be accompanied by a tinsel star swinging from a fishing pole that emanated from his broadcast booth