May 14, 2010
By Stan Isaacs Now that baseball is back in the swing of things, right-thinking people are saying, "It's good to be reading box scores again. " Ah, the box scores. Names and numbers, numbers and names (though no first names). The numbers for batters are under: "AB" (at-bats), "R" (runs), "H" (hits), "RBI" (runs batted in), and "Avg. " (batting average). For pitchers: "IP" (innings pitched), "H" (hits), "R" (runs), "ER" (earned runs), "BB" (walks), "SO" (strikeouts), "NP" (number of pitches)
May 14, 2010 |
Now that baseball is back in the swing of things, right-thinking people are saying, "It's good to be reading box scores again. " Ah, the box scores. Names and numbers, numbers and names (though no first names). The numbers for batters are under: "AB" (at-bats), "R" (runs), "H" (hits), "RBI" (runs batted in), and "Avg. " (batting average). For pitchers: "IP" (innings pitched), "H" (hits), "R" (runs), "ER" (earned runs), "BB" (walks), "SO" (strikeouts), "NP" (number of pitches), and "ERA" (earned run average)
December 9, 2009
IF YOU THOUGHT that the Philadelphia 76ers lost Monday night, and if you thought that its gifted prodigal son had a bad night on his return - then you don't know how to read the only box score that really matters. You see, Monday night, a city previously made of brick, glass and stone became a living, breathing, human entity - an excited parent opening its arms to welcome home the problem child it had to let go to find his own way. On Monday night, the brash brat-boy, finally realizing that the real gift of a gift is the gift - and not the taking advantage of it - walked into those outstretched welcoming arms and came home.
April 20, 2013 |
When Molly Scullion saw teammate Brittany Colombo hit a triple that one-hopped the fence in the first inning Thursday, she said to herself that she wanted to do that, too. Instead, the senior outfielder for Nazareth Academy did one better. She sent a pitch sailing over the center-field fence for a two-run home run a couple of innings later. Scullion's blast was one of many displays of hard hitting for the Pandas, as they continued to roll through the Catholic Academies league, defeating Villa Maria, 13-3, in a game called after five innings because of the mercy rule.
February 1, 1987 |
Archbishop Ryan fired a 21-5 fourth-quarter burst against Bishop Egan Tuesday to sink the Eagles, 52-36, in a rescheduled Catholic North game at Ryan. "It wasn't a coach's dream," Raiders coach Dave Mulholland said. "It was an ugly game on both parts. But we'll take a win any way we can get one. " Pat Kilgarriff led Ryan with 12 points. Bill Whalen added 11 - 7 of which were scored from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. And the Raiders' John Smedley grabbed 13 rebounds while holding Scott Sheplock, Egan's high- scoring guard, to 9 points.
March 28, 2013 |
It isn't easy to be the glue that holds together the shiny pieces of a basketball team, but if there is going to be winning, there has to be glue. For the La Salle Explorers, a team whose roles have made possible its goals, the glue is junior guard Sam Mills. His work on the court doesn't fill the box score, but it allows the box score to get filled. He doesn't really lead the team in anything except leadership, because if Sam is willing to do the dirty work, then everyone does the dirty work.
June 16, 1988 |
In Northeast's 11-7 loss to Mastbaum on Friday, the box score didn't tell the entire story. On first glance at the results of the quarterfinal playoff game, the reason for the Vikings' defeat seems apparent: The Panthers (8-4 league, 12-4 overall), winless in two early matchups against Northeast (8-4, 11-5), scored 9 runs in the top of the fifth inning. They also had a pair of 3-run home runs, 6 walks and sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning. What the box score doesn't show is that Panther Joe Malak was given three chances before he finally made a key hit in the rally - a 3-run home run. Malak had already ensured himself a good day with a 2-run home run, his first of the season, in the first inning.
January 27, 1986 |
Radnor's tough zone defense neutralized Lower Merion's inside game and the Raiders came away with a 51-46 Central League victory Friday that was not nearly as close as the score might indicate. The Raiders (1-0 in the Central League's second half, 6-7 overall) had an 11-point lead at halftime and stretched that advantage to 14 after three quarters. Lower Merion (1-0, 2-9) was able to make the score respectable with a 23-14 scoring edge that occurred against the backdrop of the substitutions and ragged play of the fourth period.
December 18, 1986 |
On Tuesday, the Lower Merion Aces went on the road and beat the Marple Newtown Tigers, 34-28. In basketball. The final tally might look more like something you'd see in football season, but the box score tells no lies. Eleven players scored; only one of them scored in double digits. Want a sense of how dry this game was in the scoring department? In the fourth quarter, the Aces scored all of five points. There are hockey periods more offensively potent than that. "At one point, I was wondering if the game was ever going to come to an end," said Aces' coach Mike Manning.
February 6, 2006 |
It has been 16 years since someone other than his mother actually referred to Raymond Sims by his given first name. And Cynthia English only calls her youngest of three sons Raymond when she needs to stress a point. Most people refer to the undersized, yet extremely talented point guard on Roman Catholic boys' basketball team as "Doodles. " "Everyone, even my teachers call me Doodles," Sims said. People really close to him in his North Philly neighborhood just refer to the 18-year-old as "Doo.