August 16, 1994 |
Jason Leader, a young cancer patient who inspired a home run by Boston Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn and later tossed out the first pitch at a game in Fenway Park, died at at his home near Albany, N.Y. Jason was being treated for neuroblastoma, a tumor affecting the adrenal glands and nervous system, when he got a phone call from Vaughn on April 23, 1993, the day before the youngster's 11th birthday. Vaughn promised to hit a homer on Jason's birthday, and kept his pledge - hitting a 3-1 pitch from Ken Patterson out in the seventh inning of a game against the Angels at California.
October 18, 2008 |
It doesn't take long for a visitor to this small, foliage-speckled Shenandoah Valley town to recognize the esteem in which the Manuel family is held. At the corner of Magnolia Avenue and 21st Street, across from the public library and next to a hot dog stand called Frank's For The Memories, sits a sign that calls out, "Good Luck, Charlie, 2008 World Series. " A few blocks down Magnolia, the marquee in front of Floyd-Davidson American Legion Post 126 reads: "In Loving Memory, June Forrest Manuel.
November 13, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. lost his No. 1 fan, the first person to put a basketball in his hands, when a heartless killer gunned down his father Sunday in cold blood on a Germantown street. Yesterday, as police said they were making good progress in their probe into the fatal shooting of Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, the homegrown basketball star and his family reflected on the man who was his loudest cheerleader since long before his NBA days. "He was my biggest fan. He would text me before every game and make sure he would text me after every game," Ellington, 26, recalled as he sat with his mother, Elaine, and sisters Alexi-Rae Webb, 28, and Ericka Ellington, 32, in his paternal grandmother's West Mount Airy living room.
February 22, 1993 |
When Dawn Bunting talks about football, John Bunting listens. For two years in the mid-1970s, Dawn, now the Rowan College women's basketball coach, played running back and outside linebacker for the San Diego Lobos of the Women's Professional Football League. Dawn, 38, also has coached field hockey and softball, and is not bashful about giving her husband some tips on football. "She could be a great football coach, no question about it," said John Bunting, 42, the former Eagles linebacker who now coaches football at Rowan.
July 9, 2002 |
Catcher Chris Widger, the pride of South Jersey's Pennsville High, dresses now in the uniform of the most famous team in professional sports history - the New York Yankees. If there is pressure that accompanies wearing the same pinstripes as Ruth, DiMaggio, and Mantle, Widger is immune. Losing a loved one, you see, has a way of putting things in perspective, a way of making baseball - even playing for the Yankees - seem oh, so trivial. "It makes the game seem not as important," Widger said the other day. Widger's sister, Toni Murphy, whom the catcher called "my biggest fan," died unexpectedly last year at age 36. She left behind a husband, Mike Murphy, and five daughters, 15-year-old Lyn and 3-year-old quadruplets Kelly, Casey, Erin and Rachel.
June 5, 2003 |
If Jay Sigel's round today is a mix of bogies and birdies, sadness and relief, it is because he is playing in memory of his mother, who died yesterday. Betty Sigel, 87, her son's biggest fan and herself a two-time women's champion at Bala Golf Club in the mid-'60s, died in a Florida nursing home early yesterday afternoon after two years of declining health. "She's in a better place," Sigel said last night from his home in Berwyn, where he and his wife, also named Betty, were poring over old scrapbooks.
April 17, 2012 |
Nick Lindner, star junior basketball guard from Germantown Academy, said he has always been a fan of the Patriot League. "Now," he said Tuesday via cell phone, "I'm the biggest fan in the country. " Reason: the 5-10, 165-pounder has committed to Lafayette. "I made a visit up there on Sunday and fell in love with the campus, coaches and players," Lindner said. "When we were coming out of the office, I told my mom, 'This is where I want to go.' "The feelings really did surprise me. I visited six schools (unofficially)
January 16, 2013 |
If you're the sappy sort, have your Kleenex handy. But if sentimentality makes you sick, start worrying about losing your last meal. It would be fitting if it was Chunky Soup. Wilma McNabb has penned a song that fondly recalls the playing days of her son, Donovan, longtime quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. You can see and hear "When Your Heart Is on the Field," sung tenderly by Tene Williams, on YouTube, as lyrics fade in and out over an image of artificial turf.
February 14, 1993 |
Doug Moe made it to his long-awaited reunion in Denver on Friday night, but, whoa, his company sure was ugly. It's great to see Doug, the near-sellout crowd in McNichols Arena thought - a little more gray, a little better dressed, a little gimpier - but how'd he get stuck with these losers? The Sixers lost, 126-122, to the Nuggets, another team that isn't any prize. It was not a good way to start a four-game road trip. Last night, the Sixers began the Texas portion of the trip with a game against the Mavericks.