April 22, 2013 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Sports Hall of Fame has been looking for a location to display some of the items its founders have accumulated since the Hall's inception. They have found it in a dedicated portion of Spike's Trophies' 24,000-square-foot facility on Grant Avenue in the Northeast. The Hall's museum staging facility had been in a Northern Liberties building for 5 years, but that was closed last fall when the landlord sold the building. The new facility has a Preview Gallery that "features themed exhibits, multimedia presentations and scaled-down vignettes as a launch-pad towards the vision of a future, full-service sports museum.
April 21, 2011
HAD A call the other day from a reader asking about Chuck Bednarik. The guy, who didn't identify himself, just wanted to pass along a note to Bednarik, who had a recent hospital stay after experiencing shortness of breath and feeling faint. Bednarik has much of his strength back, says son-in-law Ken Safarowic, and appreciates all the well-wishes he's received. If you'd like to pass along a note to Bednarik, send it to us here at the Daily News and we'll make sure he gets it. Our address: Daily News Sports Dept., c/o Chuck Bednarik, 400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130.
March 31, 2011 |
Eagles great Chuck Bednarik was released Tuesday night from St. Luke's-Fountain Hill hospital in Bethlehem, where the 85-year-old has been since early last week. "There's no reason why he shouldn't be back on his feet in a couple of days," his son-in-law, Ken Safarowic said. "He left with a clean bill of health. " Bednarik has been hospitalized since last Tuesday when he started feeling faint and struggling with shortness of breath. "He was a little anemic and dehydrated," Safarowic said.
March 24, 2011 |
Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik, rushed to a Lehigh Valley hospital Tuesday when he began experiencing a shortage of breath, a drop in blood pressure and feeling faint, is conscious, communicating and is as "feisty as ever," according to his son-in-law, Ken Safarowic. Contrary to rumors that were swirling yesterday, Safarowic said Bednarik, 85, "did not have a heart attack and is not on life support. " "Those were some of the things I was getting hit with today," Safarowic said.
January 31, 2010 |
Tom Brookshier, according to his friends, knew how to tackle. Whether on the football field or as a television and radio personality, his impact was equally immense and intense. He was an all-pro on the last Eagles team to win an NFL championship, in 1960, and was part of CBS's top NFL broadcast team during the 1970s along with his close friend Pat Summerall. In the late 1980s he hired Angelo Cataldi, launching the 610 WIP sports-talk format that remains in place today. Mr. Brookshier, 78, died Friday of cancer at Lankenau Hospital.
June 21, 2011
Eddie Khayat has called as many friends and former teammates of Chuck Bednarik as he can find to help with plans for a statue of the legendary Eagle at Franklin Field. Now, Khayat, a lineman on the 1960 NFL championship team, is turning to you. "I always felt that the Eagles fans were part of the team," Khayat said. "There were 67,000 fans at the 1960 championship game. If there are 15,000 of those fans still with us, and if we could get everyone to contribute $1, it would go a long way to help.
August 12, 2007
Who was the greatest Eagle of all time? We asked a panel of former players across several eras to vote, and it was an incredibly tight race. Chuck Bednarik, all agreed, was a solid No. 3. But No. 1? Steve Van Buren or Reggie White? It was close. The deciding factor in selecting Van Buren over White was their postseason records. Van Buren won two championships, while White won only one playoff game as an Eagle. Everyone agreed White revolutionized the way the defensive end position was played.
September 8, 2010
Eighteen members of the 1960 Eagles, longtime public relations director Jim Gallagher and the spouses of two deceased players will arrive Friday for a 3-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of their NFL championship. On Saturday, the 1960 team will join the 2010 team for its final walkthrough at the NovaCare Complex before Sunday's season opener. The team will return to Franklin Field for a photo taken in the same spot as the team photo was shot 50 years ago, and then tour the stadium.
August 12, 2007
7 Pete Pihos. His opposition was a kid, some poor rookie who wasn't used to Pete Pihos' pirouettes and pivots. During a training camp practice in 1954, Pihos embarrassed the rookie after he somehow broke free, corralled the football, and dashed downfield for a touchdown. "Don't let that bother you, son," Eagles coach Jim Trimble said. "Pete can do that to any back in this league. " Certainly in his day, Pihos was the most feared wide receiver - or end - in the NFL. A fullback at Indiana, Pihos was the Eagles' third-round pick in 1945, and went on to play for the Birds from 1947 until 1955, when he retired at the age of 32 to focus on his day job as a salesman.
June 3, 2011 |
NO ONE LIVES forever, but some would say that the closest thing to immortality for sports heroes is to have their likeness cast in bronze. Less than a month ago, a statue of former middleweight champion Joey Giardello was unveiled in South Philadelphia. The next legendary Philly athlete to be so honored is likely to be Penn and Eagles great Chuck Bednarik, a former center and linebacker who is called the last of the 60-minute men. If and when the necessary money is raised and the oft-discussed project is completed, the Bednarik statue would be placed at Franklin Field as the centerpiece of a proposed sports museum that includes a large mural that pays tribute not only to the Quakers' football past, but to the days when the Eagles also called the 116-year-old stadium their home.