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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Jon Jay already makes a name for himself

By Michael Lynch


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Even if he wins the National League Rookie of the Year, it still wouldn't make the Cardinals outfielder the most famous Jo(h)n Jay.
Among players with 200 plate appearances, the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton leads MLB with a .356 batting average. In fact, the top four are all veterans, but fifth is St. Louis Cardinals' rookie Jon Jay (.330 entering Tuesday).

Of course, the Cardinals' outfielder will have to do a lot more if he wants to become the Jo(h)n Jay. The rookie will probably forever live in the shadow of the founding father with a similar name, John Jay. In addition to serving as the 1st Chief Justice of the United States, Jay was also a president of the Continental Congress.

Now it's time to get waist-deep in an endeavor of absolute nerdiness. What other notable athletes share names with one-time members of the Continental Congress, and which person is more famous? We’ll let you decide. Dig in!

Who is William Floyd?
History Book says: Floyd was born in Brookhaven, N.Y., in 1734. After serving as a major general in the Suffolk County Militia, he went on to represent New York in the Continental Congress and then served in Congress from 1789-91. He also served as a Senator in 1809.
Sports Page says: Member of Florida State’s 1993 National Championship team, Floyd remains the last fullback taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers selected him 28th overall in 1994. He became the first rookie in nearly 30 years to score three touchdowns in a playoff game and helped lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl in his rookie season (scoring at least one TD in all three 49ers playoff games).

Who is Joseph Galloway?
History Book says: A loyalist who proposed a compromised plan for union at the Continental Congress, Galloway eventually moved to England, though some believe Galloway, N.J., is now named for him.

Sports Page says: “Joey” Galloway is 26th in NFL history with 10,777 receiving yards. Galloway had more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2007 at the age of 36 -- only Jerry Rice had a 1,000-yard season at a more advanced age.

Who is Benjamin Hawkins?
History Book says: North Carolina farmer who attended College of New Jersey (Princeton), but left to join the Continental Army. In addition to serving in the Continental Congress, he also served in Senate.

Sports Page says: “Ben” Hawkins led the NFL in receiving yards in his second season for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1967. He was also known for playing with his chin-strap unbuckled.

Who is Arthur Lee?
History Book says: American diplomat who studied medicine and law abroad and was called upon to drum up support for the colonies from Spain and Prussia.

Sports Page says: Point guard who led Stanford to the 1998 Final Four with clutch play in a come-from-behind win over Rhode Island in the Elite 8. He’s also remembered for making choking gestures as Rhode Island’s Tyson Wheeler missed crucial late free throws.

Who is Joseph Montgomery?
History Book says: Pennsylvania minister who served during the Revolutionary War before his time as a rep in the Continental Congress.

Sports Page says: “Joe” Montgomery is a former running back from Ohio State who was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played three seasons in the NFL with the Giants and Panthers.

Who is Robert Morris?
History Book says: Known as the “Financier of the Revolution,” Morris was a merchant and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Two universities (one in Pennsylvania, one in Illinois) now bear his name.

Sports Page says: “Rob” Morris, a linebacker out of BYU, was selected by the Colts in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Morris played for the Colts from 2000 to 2007, winning one Super Bowl.

Who is John Morton?
History Book says: Signed the Declaration of Independence and was instrumental in the writing of the Articles of Confederation.

Sports Page says: Scored a game-high 35 points for Seton Hall in its 1989 National Championship game loss to Michigan. Morton was just the fifth player to score at least 35 points in the NCAA Tournament Finals, joining Bill Walton, Gail Goodrich, Jack Givens and Lew Alcindor. He played three seasons in the NBA. (Honorable mention: former WR “Johnny” Morton)

Who is Jacob Read?
History Book says: A lawyer from Charleston, he represented South Carolina in the Continental Congress and later the U.S. Senate.

Sports Page says: A wide receiver out of Grambling State, “Jake Reed” amassed four consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons for the Minnesota Vikings in the mid-1990s.

Who is David Ross?
History Book says: A major in the continental army, he also served as Maryland’s rep in the Continental Congress.

Sports Page says: Currently a back-up catcher for the Atlanta Braves (his sixth team since debuting in 2002).
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Who is Matthew Thornton?
History Book says: Irish-born doctor was prominent in New Hampshire politics and signed the Declaration of Independence.

Sports Page says: White Sox middle reliever Matt Thornton made his first All-Star team in 2010.

Who is James White?
History Book says: A delegate for North Carolina in the Continental Congress, White was a Philadelphia-born physician, lawyer and politician.

Sports Page says: James “Flight” White is known as one of the best dunkers in basketball history (capable of two-handed dunks from the free-throw line). He played collegiately at Florida and Cincinnati before being selected in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft. He has drifted back and forth between the NBA, D-League and overseas pro leagues ever since.