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  • Happy birthday Mr. Irvin

    Happy birthday to Negro Leagues' (Newark (NJ) Eagles) and New York Giants' Star, Hall Of Famer Monte Irvin, who turns 95 today.
    http://www.nj.com/sports/ledger/izen...l#incart_river
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 02-25-2014, 07:39 AM.

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    Leave it to Good Old Jerry Izenberg to write a proper tribute to the great Monte Irvin. I grew up on his columns in the 1960s , which were always on point, truthful and often very, very humorous. A Newark, NJ native, Izenberg grew up on Newark Bears (a Yankees AAA team) and the Negro Leagues' Newark Eagles baseball.
    Jerry, is not getting any younger himself. Born in 1930, he turns 84 sometime this year. He retired a few years ago from the daily grind of the Star Ledger in Newark, NJ, but he is listed as a writer emeritus, and still contributes columns when the subject moves him or is dear to his heart, like Monte Irvin. He writes non-fiction books, about sports and other topics. He got involved in sports journalism early serving as a part-time clerk/editorial assistant for the Newark Evening News sports Dept. during his college (and possibly even his high school days). His full-time reporting career was delayed by his service in the army as a soldier in the Korean War directly after college graduation. After the war's end he was a beat reporter covering baseball until about 1960 or 1961 , but then got the assignment he was really born for: Sports Columnist. Izenberg's knowledge and in-depth analysis of all sports is ideal and his slightly off-kilter sense of humor are attributes that made him ideal for that job. - He's one of the most entertaining writers I've ever read!
    Izenberg has supposedly been working for the last few years on what might be his master work - an autobiographical book on his Korean War experiences.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 02-25-2014, 08:06 AM.

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    • #3
      Many happy and healthy returns of the day Mr. Irvin. Monte Irvin should have been the National League MVP in 1951. He led the league in RBI's and was an integral part of the Miracle at Coogan's Bluff.

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      • #4
        Monte Irvin is the only New York Giants player who played in the 1940s who is still alive.

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        • #5
          [QUOTE=Cowtipper;2530031]Monte Irvin is the only New York Giants player who played in the 1940s who is still alive.[/QUOTE/]

          So there are no living NY Giants other than Irvin who played in 1949 or earlier. Willie Mays came along in May of 1951. So my questions are:
          Are there any other living players besides Irvin & Mays who were on the 1950 & 1951 teams?
          and
          Who is still living from the NY Giants World's Championship team of 1954?

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          • #6
            Hall of Famer Monte Irvin dies at 96
            http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...s-96/78694934/
            The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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            • #7
              Well that didn't last long!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by philliesfiend55 View Post

                So there are no living NY Giants other than Irvin who played in 1949 or earlier. Willie Mays came along in May of 1951. So my questions are:
                Are there any other living players besides Irvin & Mays who were on the 1950 & 1951 teams?
                and
                Who is still living from the NY Giants World's Championship team of 1954?
                1. No & No. Last living guy from those teams: Al Dark (d. 2014).

                2. Joey Amalfitano, Johnny Antonelli, Foster Castleman, Joe Garagiola, Billy Gardner, Harvey Gentry, Windy McCall, Ron Samford, Al Worthington. Oldest: McCall (90); Youngest: Amalfitano (81).

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                  ■Foster Castleman 1954-57 B: 1/1/1931 INF
                  ■Joey Amalfitano 1954-55 B:1/23/1934 INF
                  ■Al Worthington 1953-54, 1956-57 B: 2/5/1929 P
                  ■Joe Garagiola 1954 B: 2/12/1926 C
                  ■Ron Samford 1954 B: 2/28/1930 SS
                  ■Johnny Antonelli 1954-57 B: 4/12/1930 LP
                  ■Willie Mays 1951-52, 1954-57 B: 5/6/1931 OF
                  ■Harvey Gentry 1954 B: 5/27/1926 ?
                  ■Windy McCall 1954-57 B: 7/18/1925 LEFTY RELIEF
                  ■Billy Gardner 1954-55 B: 7/19/1927 2B

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GMONEY View Post
                    ■Foster Castleman 1954-57 B: 1/1/1931 INF
                    ■Joey Amalfitano 1954-55 B:1/23/1934 INF
                    ■Al Worthington 1953-54, 1956-57 B: 2/5/1929 P
                    ■Joe Garagiola 1954 B: 2/12/1926 C
                    ■Ron Samford 1954 B: 2/28/1930 SS
                    ■Johnny Antonelli 1954-57 B: 4/12/1930 LP
                    ■Willie Mays 1951-52, 1954-57 B: 5/6/1931 OF
                    ■Harvey Gentry 1954 B: 5/27/1926 ?
                    ■Windy McCall 1954-57 B: 7/18/1925 LEFTY RELIEF
                    ■Billy Gardner 1954-55 B: 7/19/1927 2B
                    Breaking this down further:

                    1950 and all prior seasons: No surviving players.
                    1951: Only living player: Willie Mays - due to turn 85 in May.
                    1952: Only living player: Willie Mays - due to turn 85 in May.
                    1953: Only living player: Al Worthington: - due to turn 87 three weeks from now. (Willie Mays missed entire 1953 season due to military service.)
                    1954: Ten survivors. - Windy McCall - is the oldest at about 90 years, 6 months. Youngest: Joey Amalfitano - 20 years of age in 1954, turns 82 in less than a week and a half.

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                    • #11
                      Daryl Spencer, who turns 88 in July, played for the Giants towards the end of 1952 and all of 1953. He was in the military in 1954 when the Giants won the World Series, although he was carried on the roster.
                      Originally posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
                      Breaking this down further:

                      1950 and all prior seasons: No surviving players.
                      1951: Only living player: Willie Mays - due to turn 85 in May.
                      1952: Only living player: Willie Mays - due to turn 85 in May.
                      1953: Only living player: Al Worthington: - due to turn 87 three weeks from now. (Willie Mays missed entire 1953 season due to military service.)
                      1954: Ten survivors. - Windy McCall - is the oldest at about 90 years, 6 months. Youngest: Joey Amalfitano - 20 years of age in 1954, turns 82 in less than a week and a half.

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