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August 24, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
The Broomall-Newtown squad claimed the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series championship with an 11-4 victory over Chandler-Mesa (Ariz.) in Glen Allen, Va., Friday night. Broomall-Newtown, the Mid-Atlantic Region champions, was down by 4-3 before breaking the game open with a three-run fifth to take a 6-4 lead. Broomall-Newtown tacked on five runs in the sixth. Jim White, the MVP of the Mid-Atlantic Regional, had three hits and four RBIs. In the semifinals, Alden Mathes pitched Broomall-Newtown to a 13-0 victory in five innings over Gainesville-Haymarket (Va)
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June 13, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Mark Twain seemed to anticipate 2016 when he remarked that "a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its shoes on. " In the intervening century-plus, that travel time has been greatly reduced. Today, thanks to social media, a lie can orbit the earth before truth's alarm clock even buzzes. We got another reminder of that last week when hackers broke into the NFL's Twitter account and mischievously transmitted the following faux news: "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away.
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August 27, 2005 | By Michael D. Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even the free-spending Babe Ruth might have been astonished at the price his old uniform fetched. Exton sports auctioneer David Hunt, acting on behalf of an anonymous client, paid $771,095.70 in an online auction Thursday night for the uniform that the Bambino wore on a 1934 barnstorming tour of Japan. The seller also wanted to remain anonymous, said Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions Inc. The Japan tour, which took place after Ruth's last season with the Yankees, was the great slugger's only barnstorming trip outside the United States, Hunt said.
NEWS
November 24, 1991
OK, xenophobes. This should get your pulse rate up. The New York Times reports that producers at Universal Pictures, now owned by the Japanese, have rewritten the script of a movie about an American baseball player who, cut by the Yankees, decides to try his luck in Japan. The new version is, to put not too fine a point on it, more pro-Japanese. A couple of World War II jokes have been eliminated, but, more important, the hero, played by Tom Selleck, eventually succeeds by adopting Japanese ways - intense training, respect for his teammates and a more mystical approach for meeting horsehide with hickory.
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January 12, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Johnny Sylvester, 74, who became a part of baseball lore when Babe Ruth hit three home runs in a World Series game on his behalf in 1926, died Monday of natural causes. He was the gravely ill boy who, before a World Series game against the St. Louis Cardinals, was promised a home run by Ruth. Ruth hit three for the Yankees in a 10-5 fourth-game win. The boy's doctors told reporters he made a sudden recovery after hearing from Ruth, and a legend was born. The incident was immortalized in newspapers, books and a movie.
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August 9, 1994 | By Jeremy Treatman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Delco West pitcher Dan MacMillan said his slider wasn't working in the first inning of yesterday's Mid-Atlantic Region (16-18) Babe Ruth championship game against Mifflin County (Pa.). So he simply stuck to his fastball and change-up instead. That's all he needed. MacMillan struck out six and yielded only three hits, while Delco West (5-1) stopped Mifflin, 3-0, to win the double-elimination tournament at Radnor. The win sends Delco West to the Senior Babe Ruth World Series for the first time in 22 years.
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September 24, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Municipal Judge Clarence Cravath's reputation for crustiness led California lawyers to avoid certain topics in his Laguna Beach courtroom. Mentions of foreign law or Washington bureaucrats could ignite the prickly temper that decades earlier earned Cravath the nickname "Cactus. " And any attorney who mentioned Babe Ruth's name risked not just his case but his well-being. "He wasn't much of a fan of Babe Ruth," his granddaughter, Ginger McMillian, told the New York Post in 2000. "He didn't like Babe's style.
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February 6, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just as his successors are expected to do in another week or so, Babe Ruth stayed home when training camps opened in 1930. Having hit 46 homers in 1929, the final season of his three-year contract for $70,000 annually, he demanded $80,000 from the New York Yankees. "Why shouldn't I kick?" Ruth told the reporters who constantly trailed him, even during this holdout. "The Yankees made money, and I helped draw crowds as much as I ever did. . . . Even if I quit baseball today, I'm good for $25,000 a year the rest of my life.
NEWS
November 27, 1993 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eric Schmertz has already directed scholarly three-day conferences on two Americans - Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan - whose lives had worldwide impact. Now he's planning his third, and the subject may be even more of a heavy hitter than the two former presidents. In fact, some might say, the original heavy hitter. Babe Ruth. The 100th anniversary of the Babe's birth is February 1995, and Schmertz, a lawyer and baseball fan, is planning to spend his spare time in the next year putting together a conference devoted to the life and folklore of George Herman Ruth.
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May 30, 2000 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the day in 1960 when Maurice Richard ended his unforgettable 18-year career - an event marked by nearly as much grieving in Montreal as the hockey star's death on Saturday - a Canadiens official was asked if the popularity of the "Rocket" exceeded that of the Pope in the predominantly French-speaking Catholic city. "He is not the Pope," answered Camil DesRoches, the Canadiens' public-relations director. "He is God. " For American hockey fans, particularly those in places such as Philadelphia, where the sport is a fairly recent phenomenon, it is impossible to fathom Richard's monumental impact.
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June 13, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Mark Twain seemed to anticipate 2016 when he remarked that "a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its shoes on. " In the intervening century-plus, that travel time has been greatly reduced. Today, thanks to social media, a lie can orbit the earth before truth's alarm clock even buzzes. We got another reminder of that last week when hackers broke into the NFL's Twitter account and mischievously transmitted the following faux news: "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away.
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April 18, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
He didn't wave to the crowd. He didn't bow, shake anyone's hand, or tip his cap. There was no spotlight. In fact, said those who were there, in the last moment of the most mythical career in American sports, Babe Ruth never even looked up. Instead, he stuffed his glove into a back pocket of his gray Boston Braves uniform and, rather than jog toward the visitors' dugout, limped off alone toward Baker Bowl's center-field clubhouse. And there, like a god ascending into the clouds, he disappeared.
NEWS
February 29, 2016
ISSUE | DONALD TRUMP A disregard for truth and rights In his campaign for president, Donald Trump has sought to rewrite history to suit his point. For example, he accused Gen. John J. Pershing, when he was commander in the Philippines, of shooting 49 Muslim prisoners with bullets dipped in pig's blood ("No-brainer to support Trump?" Wednesday). There is no evidence that Pershing, one of the most revered American generals of the early 20th century, did such a thing. Trump's high level of misinformation is unprecedented, even for a presidential primary.
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December 7, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were no tears or celebrations when his life's obsession was done. There was only great relief. "I was ready to be done," Norman Macht said. "I lived with it for so long. " Early this year, Macht sent off the galley proofs for the third and last volume of the Connie Mack biography he began in 1985. He was 56 then. For three decades, he immersed himself in the man who managed and owned the Philadelphia Athletics for a half-century. He traveled everywhere Mack had been.
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September 24, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Municipal Judge Clarence Cravath's reputation for crustiness led California lawyers to avoid certain topics in his Laguna Beach courtroom. Mentions of foreign law or Washington bureaucrats could ignite the prickly temper that decades earlier earned Cravath the nickname "Cactus. " And any attorney who mentioned Babe Ruth's name risked not just his case but his well-being. "He wasn't much of a fan of Babe Ruth," his granddaughter, Ginger McMillian, told the New York Post in 2000. "He didn't like Babe's style.
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January 26, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
After Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the first American president with a fadeaway jumper was accused of trash-talking. Those critics might be on to something. Unable to put away rival Republicans, President Obama appears lately to have resorted to a sports standby, getting into his opponents' faces and heads. After Republicans mockingly applauded his reference to a final campaign, the president's "I won twice" zinger was a retort any sports fan could appreciate. All that was missing was a "sucka!"
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September 3, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A slight drizzle began falling, but the teenagers filling up two flatbed trucks in the Acme parking lot didn't appear bothered. This parade assembling in the lot in Newtown Square, Delaware County, was for them. "Everybody look over, there's Mrs. Mathes," a coach told the Broomall Newtown Babe Ruth baseball players on the two trucks. Suzanne Mathes, up on the sidewalk, focused her camera on both trucks. She had grandsons on each, and each were national champs. Sunday's parade was to honor the 15-year-old and 13-year-old teams from Broomall Newtown Babe Ruth.
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August 24, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
The Broomall-Newtown squad claimed the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series championship with an 11-4 victory over Chandler-Mesa (Ariz.) in Glen Allen, Va., Friday night. Broomall-Newtown, the Mid-Atlantic Region champions, was down by 4-3 before breaking the game open with a three-run fifth to take a 6-4 lead. Broomall-Newtown tacked on five runs in the sixth. Jim White, the MVP of the Mid-Atlantic Regional, had three hits and four RBIs. In the semifinals, Alden Mathes pitched Broomall-Newtown to a 13-0 victory in five innings over Gainesville-Haymarket (Va)
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June 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - When Don Zimmer debuted in 1954 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson was no longer the team's everyday second baseman. Robinson floated around the field at the twilight of his career, and he manned left field on July 2, 1954, at Connie Mack Stadium in North Philadelphia. Zimmer played shortstop. Zimmer, who died Wednesday at 83, was baseball's Forrest Gump. He once met Babe Ruth, got married at home plate in a minor-league stadium, called Robinson a teammate, played under Casey Stengel, was assaulted by Pedro Martinez, and instructed Derek Jeter.
NEWS
June 9, 2013
Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age By Allen Barra Crown Archetype. 498 pp. $27 Reviewed by Bill Lyon Once upon a time, though not so very long ago, there was delivered unto us from Mount Olympus two players of baseball. They ran like cheetahs and sent batted balls into the stratosphere and their throws trailed blue flame and very soon it became evident that the case could be made that these two were not just players of baseball but the two very best.
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