April 29, 2013
Philadelphia's Top 50 Baseball Players By Rich Westcott University of Nebraska Press. 272 pp. $24.95 Reviewed by Larry Eichel According to local baseball historian Rich Westcott, someone named Bob Johnson is one of the top 50 baseball players in Philadelphia history. Never heard of him? The man known as "Indian Bob" (he was one-quarter Cherokee) played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1933 through 1942, spending most of his time in left field.
April 4, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Mind over matter. Stamina over stuff. Brain over brawn. For Roy Halladay, perhaps it won't be all that difficult to continue his evolution as a major league pitcher. He was burned at an early age and rebuilt, in part with an overhaul to his mechanics and in part to the power of positive thinking. If the last 12 months are any indication, Halladay doesn't have the $20 million arm that made him baseball's best pitcher for the majority of the last decade. But he still has the tireless work ethic and meticulous game preparation.
April 3, 2013 |
THE NEW YORK Yankees set a record for baseball's highest Opening Day payroll at $230.4 million, almost 10 times what the Houston Astros are paying their players. After all the talk of spending restraint during the offseason, the Yankees began the season well ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are at $214.8 million and only the second franchise to break the $200 million barrier, according to a study of big-league contracts by the Associated Press. Houston was last at $27.3 million, less than the major league-leading $29 million for the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.
June 23, 2012 |
Curt Schilling said Friday that the collapse of his 38 Studios video game company has probably cost him his entire baseball fortune, and he placed part of the blame on Rhode Island officials, including Gov. Lincoln Chafee. During a 90-minute interview on WEEI-FM in Boston, Schilling said he put more than $50 million of his money into 38 Studios and that he's had to tell his family that "the money I saved during baseball was probably all gone. " Schilling said he hopes to return to work soon as an analyst for ESPN.
June 19, 2012 |
LAST WEEK, High & Inside colleague Ed Barkowitz suggested several places where the Kings' Jeff Carter, who owns a house in Sea Isle City at the Jersey Shore, could take the Stanley Cup. Lest you think we were joking, consider that Sunday the silver grail was seen sunning on a California beach. Philip Pritchard, the man with the coolest job title in the world — Keeper of the Cup — posted the accompanying photo on his Twitter account Sunday along with the tweet, "Making the rounds....at Venice Beach.
May 24, 2012 |
The jury in the Roger Clemens' perjury trial did not sit on Tuesday, but Judge Reggie Walton and the lawyers for both sides conferred on Walton's unusual practice of allowing jurors to put questions directly to government witness Brian McNamee. The jury submitted the extremely high number of 29 questions and Walton decided which could be asked. One went to the heart of the government's case that Clemens lied to Congress in 2008 when he said he never used steroids or Human Growth Hormone.
February 9, 2012 |
THE PHILLIES HAVE revealed the 12 names on the Wall of Fame ballot, with Curt Schilling seeming to be the front-runner. Schilling was on the ballot last year in his first year of eligibility, but the selection committee of team executives and media members selected John Kruk. Schilling went 101-78 with a 3.35 ERA in nine seasons in Philadelphia before demanding a trade and winning World Series titles in Arizona and Boston. His numbers, however, are impressive: sixth in wins, eighth in innings (1,659 1/3)
June 16, 2011 |
In a stunning development, Curt Schilling will not be inducted to the Phillies Wall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Instead, the honor this year will go to a another member of the 1993 team who left town on slightly better terms. The Phillies announced yesterday that they will honor John Kruk as the 33rd member of their Wall of Fame in their annual induction ceremony, scheduled before the Aug. 12 game against the Washington Nationals. Kruk was one of the stars of the 1993 postseason, hitting .298 with five extra-base hits, 11 walks, nine RBI and eight runs scored before the Phillies' magical season ended at the hands of Joe Carter and the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the World Series.
February 15, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - These days, the Phillies are considered one of the elite teams in baseball. It wasn't that long ago that they were called a lot of things that couldn't be said out loud in polite society. Even relatively rapid change is difficult to grasp when observed closely. Look in the mirror and the face staring back at you seems exactly the same as the day before. Look at a 10-year-old photograph and the difference can be startling. In that sense, yesterday's orchestrated lollapalooza in which all five starting pitchers ?
November 1, 2010 |
Former Phillies ace Curt Schilling has never met former Eagles fullback Kevin Turner, even though their careers here overlapped for several years in the 1990s. But Schilling, who has been deeply involved in helping raise money to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, feels that he knows Turner, or at least what he's going through since Turner was diagnosed with ALS several months ago. "We shared space at the old Vet, but we didn't have any personal moments, so to speak," said Schilling, 43, whose 20-year career ended when he retired as a member of the Boston Red Sox after the 2007 season.