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October 14, 1989 | By David Iams, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Art Alliance will sell more than 100 donated artworks between 1 and 5 p.m. tomorrow in a silent auction, including two works from the collection of Vivian and Meyer Potamkin. The sale is one of two tomorrow that will offer some unusual pickings. In a silent auction, sheets of paper accompany the items to be sold. On them bidders leave their bids, returning from time to time to see if they have been outbid. Most of the items in tomorrow's sale at the alliance, 251 S. 18th St., have minimum bids, but those are quite low. For instance, the items donated by the Potamkins - a small statue and a silk-screen print by John Clem Clarke depicting a drunken Bacchus - have minimum bids of $50 each.
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February 22, 1997 | By David Iams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just as spring training for the new baseball season is beginning, Hunt Auctions Inc. of Wayne will hold its annual late-winter sale of baseball memorabilia. With several items related to African American and other minority players, the two-day sale also is a suitable windup to Black History Month. According to David Hunt, the most important item is an old-timers game uniform dating to 1965. It belonged to Jackie Robinson, who became the first black to play modern major-league baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
SPORTS
December 5, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 11:29 p.m. on Oct 21, 1980, in front of 65,839 fans at Veterans Stadium and the second-largest TV audience in World Series history, Tug McGraw threw a Rawlings baseball past Kansas City's Willie Wilson for the final out of Game 6. Though the useful life span of that ball, stamped with commissioner Bowie Kuhn's signature and a red 1980 World Series logo, was a mere two pitches - 63 seconds, to be exact - it was the central artifact in what...
SPORTS
June 8, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame slugger who remains among baseball's all-time home run champions 16 years after retiring, was sentenced in New York to two years probation for evading taxes on baseball memorabilia. "It's one of those things that was overlooked at the time and I do accept responsibility for it," McCovey, 57, told U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman yesterday in Brooklyn. He entered the courtroom with the help of a cane, still recovering from an 11-hour back operation last fall.
NEWS
February 26, 1994 | By David Iams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It may not be as good as being in Florida for spring training, but a major sale of baseball memorabilia reminds us that spring - and the 1994 season - is drawing near. The baseball memorabilia is being offered at 1:30 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn on Route 100 in Exton by Hunt Inc. Auctions. The 480-lot sale includes photographs, tobacco cards and autographed items - one of them arousing a delightful speculation. The top photo in the sale is probably one showing the famous triple-play team Tinkers, Evers and Chance and autographed by Joe Tinker.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2003 | By STEVE GARY For the Daily News
A basic item we pretty much take for granted as we try to stay cool during the dog days of summer is ice. While conveniently available now, ice was a precious commodity back in the 1700s, when it had to be strenuously harvested in winter and stored in stone ice houses on farms. An old ice house is just one vestige of the past you can see tomorrow when you visit auctioneer Ken Reed's on-site sale of real estate and antiques at the Gotwals Family Homestead in Collegeville. Along with an ice house, the five-acre Gentleman's Farm features an eight-bedroom stone house dating to the 1700s, a stone and frame guest house, large barn with a finished office, chicken house, springhouse, equipment shed, three-car garage, truck garage, harness shed, and other multi-use structures.
NEWS
July 6, 1996 | By David Iams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The sale is not until next month, but this weekend you can see some of the items that will be offered at what is being billed as one of the top baseball-memorabilia auctions in years. The items, including the collection of 20-year major-league veteran Mickey Vernon, are on display at the Hunt Auctions Inc.'s site at the All Star FanFest at the Convention Center through Tuesday. They are among the more than 750 lots that will be offered Aug. 9 and 10 by Hunt Auctions Inc. of Wayne.
NEWS
July 28, 1990 | By David Iams, Inquirer Staff Writer
A major sale of baseball memorabilia, including two sets of baseball cards that are expected to fetch five-figure prices, has been scheduled for next Saturday near Harrrisburg. Prices may be affected, however, by a coincidental conflict. Next Saturday is also induction day at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and auctioneer David Birmingham of Middletown, Pa., says several potential bidders have reserved tables for that event. "I picked the date last January," Birmingham said yesterday.
NEWS
July 20, 2000 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Jack Scott's baseball career went as far as Newark in 1950, when he was invited to the stadium there to try out for the New York Yankees. Although his professional baseball prospects ended there because, Scott said, "I couldn't hit the long balls," his love of the game endured. On display until Aug. 3 at the West Deptford Public Library are balls, programs, hats, bats and other baseball memorabilia that the Woodbury resident has collected for more than a half-century. Included are baseballs signed by Stan Musial, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Pete Rose, Richie Ashburn, Cal Ripken Jr. and others; a hat autographed by Mickey Morandini, second baseman for the Phillies; and a foul ball Scott caught during a Phillies game against Cincinnati in 1984.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 1991 | By Andy Wickstrom, Special to The Inquirer
Any adult baseball fan who ever threw away his baseball cards when he "outgrew" them must rue the day. What once seemed a childish hobby is now a multimillion-dollar business, with its own rules, customs and insider lore. To get an idea of how big it has become, you need look no further than An Introduction to Baseball Card Collecting (28 minutes, $12.95), distributed by JCI Video. This is not a new video, to judge by its references to 1988, but this season it's being presented in a novel package.
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December 2, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Mike Turner nearly forgot about the tiny bedroom closet in his late father-in-law's house. Chick Galloway, a shortstop for nine seasons with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's, had built the house in Clinton, S.C., in 1926, the year Turner was born. Since the former ballplayer's death in 1969, two of Turner's daughters have occupied the Spanish-style dwelling adjacent to Presbyterian College's campus. Now his youngest daughter, in the midst of a divorce, is making plans to sell the longtime family residence.
SPORTS
April 27, 2013
Major League Baseball won't change its schedule to boost the sport's chances of getting back into the Olympics. Baseball was an Olympic medal sport from 1992 to 2008, then was dropped for the London Games. IOC president Jacques Rogge said baseball should make its top athletes available, as they are in basketball and hockey. "Look, we can't stop our season in August. We just can't," baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday. "You can't say to your fans: 'We'll see you in the next period of time.
SPORTS
May 9, 2012 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Staff Writer
HEY MITT, you might as well concede the presidential election now — Charles Barkley says you don't have a chance. Barkley, a former Sixer turned NBA analyst and SportsWeek columnist, is already calling November's election in favor of President Obama. Barkley was part of TNT's broadcast team for Sunday's Celtics-Hawks game when the camera showed Romney, the Republican nominee, in the Boston Garden crowd. "Mitt Romney. Listen main man, we're going to beat you like a drum in November," Barkley said over-the-air.
SPORTS
December 5, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 11:29 p.m. on Oct 21, 1980, in front of 65,839 fans at Veterans Stadium and the second-largest TV audience in World Series history, Tug McGraw threw a Rawlings baseball past Kansas City's Willie Wilson for the final out of Game 6. Though the useful life span of that ball, stamped with commissioner Bowie Kuhn's signature and a red 1980 World Series logo, was a mere two pitches - 63 seconds, to be exact - it was the central artifact in what...
NEWS
September 24, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 9 this morning, the final Phillies Phanatic statue - bearing players' and coaches' autographs - went on the online auction block, likely to fetch tens of thousands of dollars. Within the first half-hour, the bidding had already hit $9,100 . . . wait, now it's up to $10,200 by shortly after 10 a.m. By 1:30 p.m., $11,300 had been bid. With six more days to go. Fifteen statues have already been awarded, creating a haul of $194,462 for Phillies Charities, with the biggest chunk - $28,100 - fetched by "Patchwork Phanatic," decorated with a crazy quilt design by South Philadelphia artist Ginny Lang.
SPORTS
November 13, 2009 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Much of the memorabilia Curt Flood's widow will sell at a Louisville auction tomorrow remains painful for Philadelphians to contemplate. There is his white-gold World Series ring from 1964, the year the Phillies' historic collapse gave his Cardinals the pennant. There are trophies and awards that remind us how good a player Philadelphia lost when Flood, setting in motion the legal fight that would topple baseball's reserve clause and trigger free agency, refused his 1969 trade here.
NEWS
March 28, 2008 | By Art Carey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The crack of a wooden bat, the thwop of a fiercely thrown pitch boring into a catcher's mitt, sunny dispatches from Florida about the Phillies' prospects. These sweet signs of spring are welcome everywhere, but no more so than at Bob Burton's Barber Shop in Kennett Square. "I like baseball because I like the time of year," says Burton, 71, who presides over the four-chair shop. "You know the days are going to get longer and warmer, as opposed to football season, when you know the days are going to get shorter and colder.
NEWS
April 3, 2005 | By Susan Weidener INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
At the Phillies' home opener tomorrow against the Washington Nationals, Michael Peich will be fully consumed by his self-admitted passion. The director and founder of West Chester University's Poetry Center, Peich, 60, is a devoted baseball fan. He considers his obsession healthy, joking that his wife has allowed only so much of their home to be taken over by his baseball memorabilia. "It's beyond cards and signatures, but goes to the lives of the players, the history and drama of the sport.
NEWS
August 24, 2003 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
After bidding $90,000 yesterday for one of three National League Most Valuable Player trophies earned by baseball Hall of Famer Roy Campanella, the buyer had a moment of panic. Had he paid too much? That bottom-of-the-stomach feeling eased an instant later when the second of Campanella's trophies was sold to a telephone bidder for $95,000. Ron Leff, 49, of the Philadelphia area, turned in his chair and high-fived one of his friends. "Whoo!" he said. Then came the third trophy.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2003 | By STEVE GARY For the Daily News
A basic item we pretty much take for granted as we try to stay cool during the dog days of summer is ice. While conveniently available now, ice was a precious commodity back in the 1700s, when it had to be strenuously harvested in winter and stored in stone ice houses on farms. An old ice house is just one vestige of the past you can see tomorrow when you visit auctioneer Ken Reed's on-site sale of real estate and antiques at the Gotwals Family Homestead in Collegeville. Along with an ice house, the five-acre Gentleman's Farm features an eight-bedroom stone house dating to the 1700s, a stone and frame guest house, large barn with a finished office, chicken house, springhouse, equipment shed, three-car garage, truck garage, harness shed, and other multi-use structures.
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