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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Not-Quite-Legendary in New York Sports History: Jeff Beukeboom

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We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

Jeff Beukeboom was a giant. He was a monster. He was a fan favorite. And he was a Stanley Cup winner for the New York Rangers. Known for his bone-crunching checks and knack for clearing the crease, the hulking defenseman was an enforcer, but more than that, he was a great …

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