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but a whole pie. He visited me in El Paso and I spent time with him in his home in Somerville, Mass."

From this story, the reader can see that the fact that Andy was Jewish certainly did not harm his relations with his teammates. And although Andy left the Giants at the end of the 1929 season, he had plenty of good memories.

"Mel Ott and I," he recalled, "joined the club about the same time. He was a fuzzy-faced kid, kinda small, who came up as a catcher." And he remembered "Phil Weintraub, Goody Rosen (who used to be batboy for Toronto when I was with Buffalo in 1927), Al Cohen, Harry Rosenberg and others."

After he left the Giants, Andy drifted around the minors. He played with Minneapolis for a good many years, from 1932 to 1939. With the experience he had obtained as a long-time player, Andy was asked by Larry MacPhail to join the Brooklyn organization as a manager. He moved to Pine Bluff in the Cotton States League and the following year he managed the Brooklyn farm in Dayton. In 1941 Andy led Elmira in the Eastern League, which was owned by his friend John Ogden. It was during this season that Andy had marked managerial success. His club won the Governor's Cup, emblematic of baseball success in this circuit.

In 1942, like millions of other Americans, Andy Cohen joined the Army. A first sergeant with the 21st Engineers, he took part in the invasion of North Africa in November of 1942. He was one of the GI's who landed at Casablanca and he participated in the Tunisian campaign. He spent a year in Africa and a year in Italy.

Returning from Army service in 1944, Andy married an Elmira girl and became the playing manager of the El Paso