October 20, 2012 |
DETROIT - Prince Fielder waved his arms frantically, gleefully calling off his teammates before catching the final out. From the moment Fielder signed his massive contract in January, an entire city had been waiting for a moment like this. Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit's starting rotation, and the Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven seasons by beating the New York Yankees, 8-1, Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL Championship Series.
September 19, 1999 |
Putting down her token-filled plastic cup, Yvonne Hulsey wedged a smoldering cigarette into the corner of her mouth. Rising from the stool where she had been parked for two hours in front of a flashing, gurgling, chortling slot machine, she put a hand to her lower back. "Honey, this thing has about worn me out," she said, stretching her free hand into the air. The 74-year-old Hulsey, a "retired housewife" from Ohio who was in Detroit attending a veterans' reunion with her husband, did not look to be the kind of person on which Detroit might risk its future.
December 3, 1995 |
Rodney Peete yanked a baseball cap a little lower on his head, widened his smile a notch and, shifting his 225 pounds from foot to foot, set himself firmly in front of his locker. He was a goalie at the net of harmony. Nothing controversial was getting past him. "I'm not talking about it anymore, guys," he said time after time to questions about his D.C. displeasure. "That's over. Let's talk about Seattle. " Kick save, Peete! The Eagles quarterback had experienced those benching blues in Washington just days earlier.
March 1, 2004 |
The last time the Flyers won in the Motor City, Paul Holmgren was behind the bench. That was Nov. 4, 1988, nine coaches ago. "This is my first game," coach Ken Hitchcock said last night at Joe Louis Arena. "I've got a long ways to go in Detroit. " Last season, Hitchcock's team beat Detroit, 3-2, in Philadelphia. Winning at home and winning at The Joe, however, are two different things, as a new group of Flyers found out last night in a 4-2 loss to the Red Wings. "It's about how long they have been a great team," Hitchcock said.
May 30, 2000 |
At times the skyscraper-bounded streets of downtown Detroit can seem strangely unpopulated, like the set of a science-fiction movie where the hero awakens one morning to find himself alone in an empty metropolis. The feeling is not completely an illusion. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, since 1970 Detroit has lost more people than any other American city, falling from 1.5 million to an estimated 970,000, a drop of 35.8 percent. Since 1880, when New York became the first U.S. city with a million people, eight others have joined that select group, Detroit in 1930.
December 30, 1995 |
After a 20-day layoff, the Penn Quakers reacquainted themselves with the basketball last night. They just didn't reacquaint themselves with the basket when they were shooting free throws, and it cost them. Continually missing foul shots by the pair, the Quakers fell to the University of Detroit, 77-65, in the first round of the Arizona State University Tribune Classic. Playing right next door to where the Florida and Nebraska football teams will square off in the Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday, Penn took an early lead but couldn't hold it. The Quakers then got to within five points with more than three minutes left but couldn't get closer.
March 3, 1998 |
After asking and asking, and asking and asking some more, Mayor Rendell finally got the answer he wanted from Carl Greene. Yes. The mayor's dogged seduction of Greene at last paid off. Greene - the man himself, not a statement issued in his name - surfaced yesterday at a City Hall news conference to declare that, yes, he will accept a $160,000-a-year offer to run the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Thus ends one of the oddest courtships in recent municipal history. Greene accepted the PHA job in writing in January.
June 14, 1998 |
The Stanley Cup was taken through the Capitol the other day when the NHL's championship round shifted here from Detroit. It was ogled and photographed by senators and representatives, and its history was recounted in the nation's halls of government. It's good that the politicos enjoyed their day with the dented silver chalice because the Cup is not likely to return. Barring a miracle by the Washington Capitals, it will remain with Detroit, thanks largely to a wealthy and gifted Russian.
April 22, 1998 |
Problems, problems. They were everywhere for the National Hockey League this season. Amid howls that "The Coolest Game on Earth," as the league hypes its sport, had continued to lose its flow and become boring, goal-scoring hit its lowest point (5.1 a game) since the helmet-less days of 1955-56 (5.3). Now the league is mulling major rule changes to put more offense in a game often slowed to a crawl by holding, obstruction and careless stickwork. Television ratings for the Fox network's regional games dipped.
May 1, 1994 |
The Detroit Red Wings had a ton of experience, big-time Stanley Cup aspirations and nearly 20,000 crazy fans who threw seafood on the ice and waved red signs that read Wings Rule, Sharks Bite. The San Jose Sharks had a gritty 5-foot-8 goaltender named Arturs Irbe, one huge chance and some nerve. And that was all they needed last night to post the biggest upset of the NHL season. Late in the third period, the Sharks' Jamie Baker sent a slapshot past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood after Osgood had strayed too far from the net. Then Irbe turned aside every Detroit shot down the stretch to lift the Sharks to an improbable 3-2 victory over the Red Wings.