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A Veteransí Day Surprise

Monday, November 11, 2013

First, thanks to all who visited my website, Tribute to the Crew of USS Philadelphia
This morning I received an email from a visitor to the site who solved a 70 year old mystery.

I got my love of sports from my Dad, specifically NY Sports Ė The old Brooklyn Dodgers and even the Yankees once the Dodgers deserted us for Los Angeles.

Dad told me that during WWII he served with LT MacPhail who was the general manager of the Yankees. He even had a picture of the shipís baseball team which is now part of my website. I could never confirm Dadís memory although 2 of the surviving crew members backed up his story.

This morningís email was from a man whose boss was the former Lt. MacPhail. It seems that Lt WILLIAM MacPhail was the SON of Larry MacPhail and BROTHER of Lee MacPhail who are now both in the baseball hall of fame. So Dad got it almost right.

My source told me that he remembers a plaque on his bossís desk with Lt - USS Philadelphia under his name. After the war Lt MacPhail joined the family business (baseball), but left for a career in Sports Broadcasting (President of CBS Sports and founder of CNN Sports).

So although Dadís shipmate wasnít running the Yankees as he thought, he was responsible for much of the sports we watched together on TV and thatís a nice memory.

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CARI2012 11/12/2013 11:22AM


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PHOENIX1949 11/12/2013 10:29AM

    emoticon I love when this kind of 'stuff' happens when I'm working with genealogy. I refer to it as 'happy dance time.'

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SUZYMOBILE 11/12/2013 10:27AM


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KANOE10 11/12/2013 8:00AM

    Nice story for veteran's day.

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MARYJEANSL 11/11/2013 9:57PM

  What a wonderful story!

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WATERMELLEN 11/11/2013 7:53PM

    Very nice indeed -- and what appropriate timing!

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LOLATURTLE 11/11/2013 7:41PM

    Such a cool story! I'm glad they got in touch with you.

My grandfather was once Walter Cronkite's boss, that's our claim to fame. haha.

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GINIEMIE 11/11/2013 6:14PM

    So cool that you solved this after all this time, and that your dad was so close to having it right.
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COASTAL6 11/11/2013 4:11PM

    Thanks for sharing.
I love to here great family story's and yours a great one.
Have a great week!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/11/2013 2:17PM

    Don't you love it when mysteries are solved just when you thought you might never know? Congratulations.

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CELIAMINER 11/11/2013 1:02PM

    Great story on this Veterans' Day!

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STR458 11/11/2013 12:26PM


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BLUENOSE63 11/11/2013 11:28AM

  Wow that is a great memory to have! See you were meant to get involved in that project!

Happy Remembrance Day from Canada.

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