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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History; Sal Maglie -- April 26, 1917

Many people considered the decade following World War II as a high point for New York City's baseball rivalries. After all, there were three teams competing for attention then, and they all won championships between 1947 and 1957.

Sal Maglie knew all about that. The Niagara Falls native pitched for all three teams in that span.

Maglie spent some time in the minors and then four years in the Mexican League. Finally, he landed with the Giants in 1950. He went 23-6 for New York in '51, and had a ringside seat for the Giants' comeback that was capped by Bobby Thomson's homer that won the deciding playoff game.

After a stop in Cleveland, Maglie landed with Brooklyn in 1956. He was the other starting pitcher when Don Larsen threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Then it was on to the Yankees in 1957.

Maglie finished his career with a 119-62 record, a 3.15 earned-run average, and 25 shutouts. He also had a great nickname -- the Barber, as his high and tight pitches were something of a "close shave" for opposing batters.

He came back to Niagara Falls in 1970 as general manager of the Pirates, and stayed there until his death in 1992.

-- Budd Bailey

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