August 12, 2014
The father of a player on Philadelphia's Taney Dragons was misidentified in Sunday's Inquirer. He is Joe Richardson. And the baseball glove that was shared belonged to his son Joe Jr. It was marked JRich 24.
June 5, 2013
Move over, Curt Schilling's bloody sock. A baseball glove worn by Jackie Robinson in the 1955 and 1956 World Series has been auctioned for $373,002. According to ESPN, that's the second-highest price ever paid for a glove, behind $387,500 for a Lou Gehrig glove at a 1999 auction. Also in the same auction: Mickey Mantle's contract from 1960 went for $39,930. Danny and David Mantle, sons of the player, are donating the money to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Cincinnati hit man Reds centerfielder and leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch Sunday for the 17th time this season, which leads baseball by a wide margin over the Pirates' Starling Marte with 12. And no one else has been hit by more than seven pitches.
May 1, 1996 |
There's an old baseball glove - two old baseball gloves, in fact - already on the premises. One of them has frayed laces, cracked leather, stuffing falling out. The other one's worse than that. The other one is flat as a pancake, pale as sand. The other one is named for a guy - you can barely see the name, the palm is worn to nothingness - who used to be an all-star, who's now well past 60. Rule of thumb? You can't play your best with a 60-year-old's name on your hand. Time for a change.
April 27, 2001 |
It has been with him since 1981. When he wasn't wearing it, it was in the trunk of his car, ready at a moment's notice. It's part of him now, part of his past, part of who he is. So it's no wonder that my husband is having a crisis because it's time to get a new one, time to put his 20-year-old baseball glove to rest. He had an easier time turning 40. He took that in stride, smiling at the wisecracks from friends and family and never getting caught up in melancholy reflection or the panic of midlife.
June 18, 2000 |
Before my athletic career was forced upon me, I was not remotely interested in sports. My dad, however, was determined. Having no sons, he was intent on all of his three girls becoming star athletes. Imagine my enthusiasm one second-grade evening when my dad came home with a brand new baseball glove that "had my name written all over it. " It was stiff, hard and complex-looking, with little leather strings tied all over it. We would mold it, he said, and make the leather nice and soft, just like his. That night, Daddy showed me how to break in my new mitt.
April 27, 1992 |
Tony Sacca, whose easygoing demeanor used to drive Penn State coach Joe Paterno crazy, was tighter than a spiral on a well-thrown football. He just couldn't take it anymore. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback could take a pounding from the Miami defense, the Notre Dame defense, any defense. But not this. Not this angst of waiting out the National Football League draft. So when ESPN ended its live draft coverage at 4:30 yesterday afternoon and cut to the America's Cup, Sacca lifted his hulking body from the floor in the recreation room of his family's modest home in Delran and moaned.
May 11, 2015 |
Jerome Williams did not pitch one game in 2010 on American soil. It is the only season in his 13-year career in which the Phillies pitcher did not pitch in the major or minor leagues. Instead, Williams played in Taiwan. He resurrected his career on the small island near the Chinese coast. And he discovered a reminder of his past. A pink baseball glove - Williams had never seen one before - was for sale in a Taiwan sporting goods store. His mother had died nine years earlier from breast cancer.
April 3, 2014 |
CLINTON HICKSON had no idea where the car was headed; nor did he realize the direction the journey would ultimately guide his life. The Martin Luther King High senior was 10 back then, sitting shotgun in his grandfather's car, when they pulled up to the Mount Airy Playground on Germantown and Sedgwick. Linwood Vaughters, Hickson's grandfather, emerged from the car, baseball glove in hand and a simple explanation on his lips. "My granddad just drove me up and was, like,'You have practice today,' Hickson recalled yesterday on the field behind Simons Community Recreation Center.
May 16, 1991 |
HE IS: Garry Maddox. HE DOES: Importing; was a former baseball player. HE SUCCEEDS: Because he hasn't looked back. Garry Maddox remembers that moment - when instead of playing on the baseball field, he was lying in a hospital bed, facing back surgery a second time and contemplating what to do now. What the former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder eventually did was hang up his baseball glove and pick up a brief case. Five years later, he is the owner of World Wide Concessions, a novelty importing business, and he is the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's newly appointed member of the Philadelphia Foundation of Managers.
April 16, 2003 |
While little Tyree Hand frolicked with neighborhood friends yesterday on a day that was more summer than spring, the woman who allegedly abducted him Sunday near his North Philadelphia home and took him to Atlantic City was downtown before a U.S. magistrate, charged in his kidnapping. Verna Session, who is 40 and homeless, coughed loudly as the hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells got under way, prompting the judge to ask if Session, who had a leg wound, had health problems.