Which bowler fell through a plate-glass window as a kid, leaving him with permanently curled fingers? Which cyclist was the highest paid athlete of the early 20th century? Did you even know pedestrianism was a sport? It’s for facts like these and more that the Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports was born. With over 1,750 entries, it’s a one-stop guide to everything about New York sports.
The vast majority of the entries were written by Bill Shannon, the legendary official scorer at Mets and Yankees home games for over 30 years, former Madison Square Garden executive, baseball and tennis historian, author and one of the founders of the New York Sports Museum & Hall of Fame. The entries cover well-known sports stars like Derek Jeter and Don Carney, to lesser-known athletes like Gertrude Ederle, a New Yorker and the first woman to swim the English Channel.
“It would have given Bill great pleasure to see this body of work find a home at an institution he so admired,” said Yankees official scorer Jordan Sprechman, who along with former Yankees publicist Marty Appel serves as a guest editor on the site. “To have it readily available to researchers, historians and fans was his ultimate dream, and now it can also serve as a legacy to his scholarly research and love of New York sports history.”