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  1. #26
    Despite those two recent deaths, 48 living players from a team that hasn't played a game in 52 years is pretty darn good. Nice longevity among former NY "Jints".

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    Quote Originally Posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
    Despite those two recent deaths, 48 living players from a team that hasn't played a game in 52 years is pretty darn good. Nice longevity among former NY "Jints".
    To say nothing of the longevity of we fans. :-)
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    Hey Ralph, where do you live now? You're in the Bay Area, right?

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    Alameda, Bitter.
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    Cool beans. I'm from the City across the bay that has been, ahem, borrowing your team for the last 51 years.

    Live across the pond now but we should have a beer at Lefty's when I get back. I've always wanted to pick the brain of an NY Giants fan. A friend knows Fred Stein and gave me his email. I think he conveniently deleted the 500 word spiel I sent him in a senior moment, if you get my drift..

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    Sadly, with Davey Williams' recent passing, that now leaves us with 46 living New York Giants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinese home run View Post
    With the recent passing of Davey Williams, our alumni is now just forty-six former New York Giants. The above list has been updated.
    The updated list is still in post #10; I tried to move it but haven't been successful. If anyone knows how to do it let me know.

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    Sadly, with the recent passings of Lonny Frey and Buddy Blattner, we are now down to forty-four men who played for the Giants at the Polo Grounds.

    Our forty-four remaining players are treasures to us New York Giants fans; Willie Mays, Monte Irvin, Bobby Thomson, Al Dark, Johnny Antonelli and the other thirty-nine are people that I cherish. I've even been lucky enough to meet or talk to quite a few of them. It's been an honor to meet many of my heroes over the years. It sounds corny, but out of the ones I've talked to or met, none of them have disappointed me.

    Thanks for the memories, gentlemen.

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    Lonnie (also spelled Lonny) Frey was the second oldest living major leaguer. At the time of his passing on September 13 he was 99 years and 21 days old.
    He was a member of two World's Champion teams: the 1940 Cincinnati Reds and 1947 New York Yankees, but his best years were probably with the Chicago Cubs in the '30s. He broke into the majors as a Cub in 1933. He was a four- time National League All-star, twice with the Cubs and twice with the Reds.

    The 1948 New York Giants were his final stop in the majors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitter Fan View Post
    Cool beans. I'm from the City across the bay that has been, ahem, borrowing your team for the last 51 years.

    Live across the pond now but we should have a beer at Lefty's when I get back. I've always wanted to pick the brain of an NY Giants fan. A friend knows Fred Stein and gave me his email. I think he conveniently deleted the 500 word spiel I sent him in a senior moment, if you get my drift..
    Yes, "borrowing" is a word but not the
    word. The word is Thunderbird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Zig Tyko View Post
    Yes, "borrowing" is a word but not the
    word. The word is Thunderbird.
    Oh? I hadn't heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinese home run View Post
    Surviving members from other defunct teams have been covered; I thought it was time to post a list of surviving New York Giants. As of April 29th, 2008, fifty-four men who made the Polo Grounds their home field at one time or another still survive. Here is a listing in chronological order of their births, along with the years they played for the Giants.


    Some members asked for an updated list; as of November 1st, 2010, we are now down to thirty-seven men who played for the Giants at the Polo Grounds.



    Monte Irvin- 2/25/1919 (1949-1955)
    Charlie Mead- 4/29/1921 (1943-1945)
    Les Layton- 11/18/1921 (1948)
    Alvin Dark- 1/7/1922 (1950-1956)
    Gil Coan- 5/18/1922 (1955)
    Hub Andrews- 8/31/1922 (1947-1948)
    Red Schoendienst- 2/2/1923 (1956-1957)
    Chuck Diering- 2/5/1923 (1952)
    Hal Bamberger- 10/29/1924 (1948)
    Wayne Terwilliger- 6/27/1925 (1955-1956)
    Windy McCall- 7/18/1925 (1954-1957)
    Joe Garagiola-2/12/1926 (1954)
    Harvey Gentry- 5/27/1926 (1954)
    Mario Picone- 7/5/1926 (1947, 1952, 1954)
    George Spencer- 7/7/1926 (1950-1955)
    Don Mueller- 4/14/1927 (1948-1957)
    Jack Harshman- 7/12/1927 (1952)
    Billy Gardner- 7/19/1927 (1954-1955)
    Stu Miller- 12/26/1927- (1957)
    Al Worthington- 2/5/1929 (1953- 1954;1956-1957)
    Daryl Spencer- 7/13/1929 (1952-1953; 1956-1957)
    Bill Taylor-12/30/1929 (1954-1957)
    Joe Margoneri- 1/13/1930 (1956-1957)
    Ron Samford- 2/28/1930 (1954)
    Johnny Antonelli-4/12/1930 (1954-1957)
    Pete Burnside-7/2/1930 (1955, 1957)
    Foster Castleman- 1/1/1931 (1954-1957)
    Willie Mays- 5/6/1931-(1951-1952; 1954-1957)
    Ray Crone- 8/7/1931 (1957)
    Gail Harris- 10/15/1931 (1955-1957)
    Ed Bressoud- 5/2/1932 (1956-1957)
    Ozzie Virgil,Sr.- 5/17/1933 (1956-1957)
    Roy Wright- 9/26/1933 (1956)
    Joe Amalfitano- 1/23/1934 (1954-1955)
    Bill White-1/28/1934 (1956)
    Jackie Brandt- 4/28/1934 (1956)
    Mike McCormick-9/29/1938 (1956-1957)
    This updates the list, and as I said before, these men are our treasures.

  13. #38
    Thanks for posting.

    I'm surprised the list is so short, Though maybe I shouldn't be.

    FWIW I saw my first baseball and football games in the Polo Grounds. AlthoughI was only 6 in '62 I still remember so many details of the place.

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    Sadly, I just heard about Bill Taylor's passing. Bill passed away on September 15th and was with the Giants from 1954 to 1957, when he was traded to the Detroit Tigers organization. I had talked to him for a book I had written about the 1954 team and he was very gracious to me. My heart goes out to his family.

    Now I'M the one with the senior moment- I forgot if we're down to thirty-five or thirty-six former New York Giants. Whichever it is, treasure them, folks. You won't see the likes of people like Monte Irvin, Willie Mays and the like anytime soon.
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    I don't know why I always feel like the Grim Reaper whenever I do this, but I just heard that Don Mueller passed away this past Wednesday. He was 84 years old, and had been in poor health for the past few years. He had to be the National League equivalent of Nellie Fox in the early fifties- both of them struck out about as many times in one season as a power hitter would in a week now. I was lucky enough to meet him 10 years ago at an autograph show in Long Island and he seemed like a nice man with a dry sense of humor.

    If I'm not mistaken, that now leaves us with thirty-four men still living that played for the Giants at the Polo Grounds.

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    We are now down to thirty-three former New York Giants with Hub Andrews' passing this past March 11th.

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    I hate to be the grim reaper dressed in Giants' black and orange, but with the recent passings of Gail Harris and Chuck Diering, we are now down to thirty-one former New York Giants.

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