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August 16, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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October 18, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 13, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
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February 22, 1993 | By Rich Fisher, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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July 9, 2002 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 5, 2003 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 18, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer
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]
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February 14, 1993 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 1, 2000 | by Catherine Lucey, Daily News Staff Writer
HE'S KID-TESTED AND mother-approved. Babe magnet George P. Bush charms women of all ages. His biggest fan may be 49-year-old Kay O'Neil, who charged through crowds yesterday and gave the hottie a bear hug. She may never recover. "Oh, I loved him," she cooed. "I got a hug and kiss and a real nice picture with him. He's awesome. " In his sharply pressed dark suit and bright red tie, George W.'s nephew did look awesome. He's the cuddly conservative. O'Neil is a server at Finnegan's Wake, the resturant on 3rd near Spring Garden, and she caught the hunk when he stopped in for a College Republicans event.
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January 13, 2016 | BY JASON NARK, Staff Writer
SOMEONE KNELT down by the side door to Doobie's Bar on Monday afternoon and wrote condolences in pink chalk, a little note for the lady inside whose idol had joined the stardust. And the stars look very different today. A little heart was drawn at the end. When Patti Brett opened the door and stepped outside in her "David Meowie" shirt and saw the lyrics from David Bowie's "Space Oddity" written across her step and the flowers stuffed into a wreath on the door, she held her hand to her mouth and fought back tears.
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November 25, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WAS HARD to leave Randi's Restaurant when Raphael Paris was on the piano. "If he knew you were leaving, he would play your favorite songs, ensuring that you would stay a bit longer," said longtime friend and fan, Jim Pauley. "Raphael knew his crowd, what music would move them," said Pauley, a Philadelphia police sergeant. The fans who crowded Randi's in the Far Northeast when Raphael was playing on Fridays and Saturdays were not just customers. They were friends. "Friends who came from many different neighborhoods," Pauley said.
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March 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The latest 3-hour workout was nearing an end when the two veteran hitters dropped their gear and prepared for the last drill of the day, a short agility exercise. Jeff Francoeur stopped in between reps and broke out into some kind of crawling crab character. The dozen players around him busted out in laughter. Ryan Howard's was the loudest, the kind of belly laugh that sends your balance off. "It seems like every time I look at him, he's got a few guys around him," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Francoeur.
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November 13, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
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June 15, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'Dan Wilson writes the songs that make the whole world sing," Barry Manilow might say. Yet, in reality, Wilson - a flat-tone singer/songwriter from Minneapolis whose work with Semisonic and the late, great band Trip Shakespeare predates current success - is one of nu-pop's most respected hit-writing artists. Alone or with performers who hire him, Wilson made his bones with three songs on Adele's multi-platinum 21 , and teamings with the top-tier likes of John Legend ("You & I")
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March 8, 2013 | Associated Press
SAO PAULO - Palmeiras goalkeeper Fernando Prass was injured when team fans frustrated by a defeat in the Copa Libertadores confronted players Thursday at an airport in Argentina. Prass had to be treated for cuts to his head and ear, but no one was seriously hurt in the altercation before the team's return to Brazil. Palmeiras said three fans were detained in Argentina but were later released. The supporters, wearing jerseys from the team's biggest fan group, faced the players while they were waiting to board their flight back to Sao Paulo after a 1-0 loss to Tigre.
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February 11, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
AN INSTANT after the final buzzer sounded, Nick Czibik ran toward the bench and uncorked a flying leap to greet onrushing subs. Yes, Dad saw that, too. Nick is a 6-7, 230-pound senior forward-center for Bonner-Prendergast, and he lost his father, Richard, suddenly, in May 2011. But thoughts of their special relationship are never far from Nick's mind, and he knows how much his father would have appreciated Sunday's season finale at Cardinal O'Hara. OK, we held off on saying "hated" Cardinal O'Hara.
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January 16, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
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.
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