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H. Roy Hamey New York Yankees Travel Bag and Magazine Stand
Lot #473

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H. Roy Hamey New York Yankees Travel Bag and Magazine Stand
Lot #473

This New York Yankees travel bag and magazine rack where acquired from the estate of H. Roy Hamey, former General Manager of the New York Yankees.

Henry Roy Hamey was a longtime employee of the New York Yankees who was appointed the general manager of the Yanks in November 1960.  He produced three American League champions and two World Series champions in his three full seasons in the GM chair, before retiring in the autumn of 1963.

Hamey joined the Yankees in 1934 as front office boss of their Class A Binghamton Triplets club in the New York-Pennsylvania League.  After leaving the Yanks in 1945, Hamey was rewarded with his first major league GM position with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1946.  He stayed with the Bucs until 1950.  Hamey then returned to the Yankees where George Weiss had finally been promoted to general manager in October 1947.  He served as Weiss's top assistant from 1951 through mid-April 1954.  On April 16 of that year, he joined the Philadelphia Phillies as general manager.  For the next five years Hamey guided the Phillies with mixed results.  Hamey then rejoined Weiss and the Yankees as assistant general manager for 1959 and 1960.

After a heart-breaking seventh game loss of the 1960 World Series to the Pirates, the Yankees "discharged" manager Casey Stengel and forced Weiss into retirement, promoting Hamey to general manager on November 3, 1960.  Hamey guided the Yankess to World Series titles in 1961 and 1962.  The 1963 Yankees won 104 games and again represented the AL in the Fall Classic.  But in the 1963 World Series, the Dodgers beat the Yanks in four straight games, the first time the Yanks had ever been swept in a World Series.

After the 1963, season Hamey retired from the general manager job and became a scout.  Ralph Houk was promoted to succeed Hamey, and Yogi Berra, a player/coach in 1963, became the team's manager.  Hamey's last high profile job in baseball occurred during the winter of 1969-70, when AL president Joe Cronin appointed him caretaker chief executive of the Seattle Pilots as the team struggled to find new ownership.  He relinquished that responsibility when the Pilots were purchased by Bud Selig and moved to Milwaukee for the 1970 season.

Roy Hamey died there of a heart attack at age 81 on December 14, 1983 and these items were acquired from his estate.