2ND NYGPS MEETING OF 2017-MAY 25 WITH JERRY LIEBOWITZ/HAL BOCK


2ND NYGPS MEETING OF 2017-MAY 25
The second NYGPS meeting of 2017 will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 6:30PM at our home base the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. We will have 2 guest speakers for the evening. Leading off will be NYGPS Member Jerry Liebowitz who is a NYG and SF Giant memorabilia collector with over 2,000 pieces of Giants history/memories many of which he will share with us on this day. Jerry’s collection is second to none and he has talked about and displayed the pieces at many events. Jerry is pictured with a John J. McGraw Bronze plaque. It was awarded to John McGraw on March 12, 1927, at a Silver Jubilee Dinner at the Hotel Venice in Venice, Florida, in honor of his 25th consecutive year as Manager of The New York Giants. He also owns the original dinner program and a number of photos of the event and two different photos of Mrs. McGraw posing in front of the plaque in the McGraw apartment.
Provenance: John McGraw, Mrs. McGraw, Barry Halper and Liebowitz.
Concluding the evening’s festivities will be author Hal Bock. Hal Bock was an award-winning sports writer at The Associated Press for 40 years covering 30 World Series, 30 Super Bowls and 11 Olympic Games. He grew up a Giants fan and spent many happy days with his father at the Polo Grounds. Oct. 3, 1951 remains a highlight of his childhood.
He has written 16 books including the narratives for The Associated Press Pictorial History of Baseball and Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball Drawings. His latest book is “Banned Baseball’s Blacklist of All-Stars and Also-Rans,” and it includes some tales about our favorite team. Here are a few:
Willie Kauff was a star in the Federal League and then for McGraw’s Giants. Unfortunately, he went from stolen bases to stolen cars, leading Judge Landis to suspend him for life.
Shufflin’ Phil Douglas had an affinity for liquid refreshment causing frequent clashes with McGraw. Angered by his manager’s repeated fines and lectures, he wrote a letter to an opposing player, offering to disappear in order to cost the Giants the pennant. When Landis found this out, he shuffled Douglas out of baseball.
Dr. Joseph Creamer tried to bribe umpire Bill Klem before the 1908 playoff game between the Cubs and Giants. He is the only team physician ever banned from baseball.
Bock will discuss these and other episodes in his book at our May 25 meeting at Bergino’s Baseball Clubhouse. His book will be available for sale/autographed that evening.
Please RSVP ASAP as this event will surely be well attended. Once again, we thank Jay Goldberg for allowing his Bergino Baseball Clubhouse www.bergino.com to be our home base for the evening.

THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: APRIL 25, 1937

APRIL 25, 1937
Cliff Melton becomes to first rookie to fan at least 10 batters in his major league debut, finishing with 13 strikeouts in a complete-game loss to the Braves at the Polo Grounds. The 25-year old southpaw, who loses the contest due to the Giants poor defense in the ninth inning, will hold the rookie record for K’s in his debut until Dodger freshman Karl Spooner whiffs 15 batters in his first major league start in 1954.(Nationalpastime.com)
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THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: APRIL 18, 1952 & 1955

APRIL 18, 1952
On Opening Day in Brooklyn, Willie Mays is knocked unconscious when he smashes into the Ebbets Field wall after chasing pinch hitter Bob Morgan’s seventh-inning, two-out base-loaded line drive into the gap in left field. All three Dodgers base runners cross the plate, but do not score when the motionless Giants center fielder comes to his feet and jogs into the dugout, apparently unhurt, having held onto the ball after making an amazing catch for the third out to end the inning.(Nationalpastime.com)

APRIL 18, 1955
In his first major league appearance, 25-year old Pirates reliever Al Grunwald, getting just one batter out, gives up a single to Don Mueller‚ a double to Monte Irvin‚ a triple to Willie Mays‚ and a homer to Whitey Lockman. The Giants fourth- inning ‘cycle’ contributes to an eight-run frame in the eventual 12-3 victory over Pittsburgh at the Polo Grounds.(Nationalpastime.com)

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THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: APRIL 17, 1912

APRIL 17, 1912
In front of a larger than usual crowd at the Polo Grounds of over 14,000 patrons that includes Broadway legend George M. Cohan, the Giants beat the new-look Yankees, now sporting pinstripes, in an unscheduled exhibition game, 11-2, to raise money for the survivors of the HMS Titanic. The charity contest, the first Sunday game ever played between major league teams at the Coogan’s Bluff ballpark, raises over $9,000 when each individual fan donates the price of an admission ticket to purchase a special program for the event.
(Nationalpastime.com)
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THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: APRIL 14, 1911

APRIL 14, 1911
Shortly after midnight, a tremendous fire breaks out destroying much of the Polo Grounds leaving the Giants without a place to play. The Highlanders invite the McGraw men to share Hilltop Park, an offer the displaced National League team accepts for six weeks until temporary stands are completed at their damaged ballpark.
(Nationalpastime.com)
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