JOHN MCGRAW WAS NAMED MANAGER OF THE GIANTS
On July 16th, 1902: John McGraw was named Manager of the New York Giants after one year managing the Baltimore Orioles. Previously a famed baseball player, McGraw—nicknamed “Little Napoleon” and Muggsy”—is most known for his accomplishments as a manager. Known to take chances on players—often ones who had been discarded by other teams—, McGraw was adored by players, fans, and critics. Over his 33 years managing—32 of which were spend managing the Giants—McGraw complied 2,763 wins and 1,948 losses for a .586 winning percentage. His teams won an impressive 10 National League titles, three World Series championships, and had 11 second place finishes.
THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING LIT UP
On July 16th, 1990: The Empire State Building caught fire. The blaze began shortly before 6:30 P.M. on the 51st floor of the 102-story landmark and took over two hours to contain. Thankfully, no one died in the fire, but 38 people—including 31 of the 120 firefighters who helped put it out—were injured. After an extensive search of the premises, on July 17th, the Fire Department filed criminal charges against the building’s management, alleging that the defects in the alarm system may have delayed the response of the fire fighters.
BORN ON THIS DAY: BESS MYERSON
On July 16th, 1924: Beauty Queen and Bronx native Bess Myerson was born. In 1945, Myerson became the first Jewish Miss America contestant to win the crown. Later in her career, she dabbled in NYC politics, and enjoyed a successful television career as a TV personality, actress, and commercial pitchwoman for various popular products.
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