June 2, 2010
SEVERAL FANS have asked me via e-mail if I think the Phillies' epic team batting slump is a reflection of Charlie Manuel's normally robust lineup no longer getting signs relayed by bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer. Allegedly relayed, that is. My replies have been rooted in mid-20th century logic. How would a coach seated more than 400 feet from home plate be able to peer through binoculars at a sign typically flashed by pitcher to catcher just seconds before the delivery and then relay it to the bench?
August 4, 1996 |
Roger Tory Peterson came into my life nearly 23 years ago, unexpectedly. It was my first year in college, and I was smitten by a red-bearded sophomore who finally, finally asked me to see a movie with him. But when the film was over, he high-tailed it back to his dorm room. Why? To get a good night's sleep, so that he could wake up at dawn and go bird-watching. Oh great, I thought. A bird-watcher? For a city girl like me? Little did I know then that the student enthralled with the wood thrush and the warbler would become the man of my dreams and the father of my children.
October 27, 1995 |
Hawk-watcher-in-training Lauren Johnson, 2, of Haverford, brandishes toilet-paper-tube binoculars at Militia Hill, Fort Washington State Park. Her mother, Sheryl (left), was helping with the annual count.
July 11, 1990 |
A North Philadelphia man was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing a pair of binoculars from the balloonists who inadvertently landed in a vacant lot at 7th and Oxford streets Saturday, police said. Acting on a tip from the Daily News, police went to the home of James "Big Boy" Williams, 31, on Franklin Street near Master to charge him with the theft, police said. But Williams wasn't home, and Detective Sgts. Gerard Duffy and Shawn Trush returned to East Detectives headquarters, only to find Williams sitting there, being booked on unrelated robbery charges, police said.
June 9, 1989 |
Anyone blundering into Common Pleas Judge Marvin R. Halbert's courtroom yesterday might have wondered if the judge was conducting a seminar for peeping toms. One by one, members of a jury were stepping onto a chair and looking out a sixth-floor City Hall window with a pair of high-powered binoculars. "I could see the faces and lips of people far away," one juror said later. What judge and jury wanted to find out was whether Police Officer George Ondrejka really could see a drug deal going down at 150 yards with those binoculars, as he testified in the trial of Carlos Reyes, 20. Ondrejka said he saw Reyes sell more than three grams of cocaine to a 17- year-old New Jersey youth on 5th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue last Aug. 25. The officer said he was sitting in a police wagon more than a block away, watching the deal with his personal binoculars.
September 28, 1990 |
Wolfgang Harms looks over his company's main product M-22 binoculars for the Army - with a studied eye. He can't understand why the Army doesn't want more of them. "Everybody's been making a big fuss about the danger over chemical weapons in Saudi Arabia," said Harms, president of Pioneer Marketing & Research Inc., of Westmont. "I think that the laser problem is just as important. " There is very little danger of open, pitched battles featuring futuristic laser weapons in the Saudi desert any time soon.
May 14, 2010 |
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday his staff will review allegations that the Phillies tried to steal signs in a game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. The Rockies lodged a formal complaint after Phillies bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was caught by a television camera peering through binoculars from the bullpen bench at Coors Field during the second inning. The Rockies complained to Jerry Crawford, who called Phillies manager Charlie Manuel onto the field and told him to tell Billmeyer to stop using the binoculars.
August 16, 1989 |
The drug dealers around Paxon Street and Warrington Avenue must have thought it was the end of the world when a judge, a bunch of lawyers and other well-dressed men and women pulled up to their corner in a bus one day last week. But they needn't have worried. The caravan was in Southwest Philadelphia to help a jury decide the guilt or innocence of a man accused of making drug sales at the corner last September. The jurors opted for innocent after peering through the binoculars a police officer said he had used to identify the suspect.
October 3, 1986 |
There are big celestial doings today - a partial eclipse of the sun. How partial, you ask? At 3:17 p.m. as seen from Philadelphia, the moon will cover 67.7 percent of the sun's disk, according to the folks at the Franklin Institute. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and the viewer's place on the earth. Today's eclipse will be total in the Atlantic Ocean, off the tip of Iceland, if you happen to be out that way. The partial eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States, except the West Coast.
July 11, 1990 |
James Williams, detectives said, admitted to having been "an opportunist" when the big hot-air balloon touched down on a vacant lot at Seventh and Oxford Streets Saturday evening. According to police, Williams said he took a pair of binoculars from the craft. Williams, 31, of the 1400 block of North Franklin Street in North Philadelphia, was arrested yesterday and charged with theft and receiving stolen property. He is the first suspect arrested in the Philadelphia Balloon Race robbery.