September 10 – Happy Birthday Eddie Sawyer

sawyer222You couldn’t blame Amsterdam Rugmaker Manager Admiral Martin for feeling pretty confident about his job security during the winter of 1938-39. After all, he had piloted the New York Yankees Class C minor league affiliate to a Can-Am League Pennant during the team’s first year in Amsterdam, and the organization’s local braintrust led by Herb Shuttleworth and Judge Felix Aulisi wanted Martin back in the dugout for the upcoming 1939 season. But the front office of the New York Yankees had other ideas. It seems that the Bronx Bomber super scout, Paul Krichell, who was responsible for player signings and development in this area of the country was not a huge fan of the often gruff way Martin communicated with his young players. So he told the team’s local braintrust that they could keep Martin in the organization if they wanted but only as a general manager. The job of field boss was going to a 27-year-old outfielder who had a masters degree in biology and physiology from Cornell, and a bachelors degree from Ithaca College, where he taught biology and phys. ed. in the offseason. His name was Eddie Sawyer and he would become the only Amsterdam Rugmaker skipper to go on to manage in a big league World Series…

How would Eddie Sawyer fare as Rugmaker manager? You can find out in my complete birthday post for this former local skipper. It will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. I also distribute an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that includes the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I recognize each month. Each newsletter also includes an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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