July 27, 2014 |
HE USED to crack home runs into the night over the glistening scoreboard at old Connie Mack Stadium. Richard Ashburn Jr., the Hall of Famer's eldest son, said it was like "watching God hit a baseball. " Former Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler said he'd never leave the ballpark while Allen had another at-bat. It was the good, old days pancaked into one afternoon at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park yesterday, as dozens gathered to remember a legendary star and hopefully propel him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
July 18, 2014 |
CHARLIE MANUEL, one of two men to manage the Phillies to a World Series championship, will be inducted onto the team's Wall of Fame during Alumni Weekend. Manuel will be honored on Aug. 9, before the Phillies-Mets game. Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005 to '13. He won five NL East Division titles and led the 2008 Phillies to the World Series title, the team's first since 1980. Manuel and the Phillies returned to the World Series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees. In 9 years as Philies manager, Manuel was 780-636, for a .551 percentage.
June 12, 2014 |
Flourtown's Mike Richter has never forgotten his roots, which is why he said it was so special to be named in the 11th induction class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Richter was a three-time all-star goalie with the New York Rangers, who led the team to the Stanley Cup in 1994. "This means a lot because it is Philadelphia," Richter said on Tuesday as the Hall of Fame class was introduced at a news conference. Not all inductees were able to attend. The induction will take place Nov. 13 at the Society Hill Sheraton.
June 12, 2014 |
TWO MEN walked into the Society Hill Sheraton for the same purpose, but took different routes getting there. They both were born in the Philadelphia area, and were at the same event for the same reason. Both boxer Meldrick Taylor and hockey star Mike Richter were there because they will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, along with 14 other individuals and one team. A quaint smile came over the face of Taylor when he heard his accolades being read off by Philadelphia legendary announcer Dan Baker on Tuesday afternoon.
June 1, 2014 |
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April, will be shown on HBO in a three-hour version (edited from five) at 8 on Saturday night. This year's show makes for a far more entertainingly compelling exercise in self-congratulation than usual. That's partly due to the talent level. In its first year of eligibility, Nirvana, the greatest of grunge-era bands, was inducted. The HBO show comes to a climactic conclusion with surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear joined by four female singers - Joan Jett, Lorde, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, and a particularly fabulous St. Vincent - filling in for the late Kurt Cobain.
May 23, 2014 |
Selecting new members for induction into a Hall of Fame in any sport is a difficult task. Then you have the College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame, conducted by the National Football Foundation, will announce its 16 newest members - 14 players and two coaches - Thursday in Irving, Texas. To get to that number, a special committee last month narrowed the contenders down from an original list of 194 nominees - 162 players and 32 coaches. The numbers are high because the basic requirement for consideration is simple: You must have been named an all-American in a season by any one of the multiple organizations and news outlets that pick such a team.
May 21, 2014 |
When Philly-based Magnet started in 1993, the American alternative-music magazine landscape was awash in options: Spin, Ray Gun, CMJ, Harp, Alternative Press, and Option, to name a few. Most have perished, gone online only, or morphed into emo-metal/skate-core rags, leaving Magnet (once a quarterly, now a monthly) as alt-publishing's last mag standing - or, figuratively, last man, now that Eric T. Miller's mag has turned 21. "Being 21 means we're finally able to drink legally," says Miller with a laugh.
May 21, 2014 |
A QUARTER CENTURY ago, Mike Schmidt hit a one-out double off David Cone in the top of the eighth inning at Shea Stadium. Later in the inning, he scored the go-ahead run. In between, the ball Schmidt hit for a double was scooped up and sent into the visiting dugout. Schmidt and then-broadcaster Richie Ashburn, who would one day go into the Hall of Fame together, autographed the ball and it was auctioned off at the Phillies Wives ALS auction. A day after that hit, on April 20, 1989, Schmidt hit another double in his first at-bat in Pittsburgh to pass Ashburn and claim the Phillies' all-time hit record.
May 16, 2014 |
TRAINERS NAAZIM Richardson and Mitch Allen, cut man Leon Tabbs and legendary Daily News' columnist Stan Hochman are among the 10 inductees of the 2014 class of the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. Former boxers Earl Hargrove, Mike Picciotti, Percy Manning, Jimmy Tygh and Ed "Gunboat" Smith will also be inducted. For Hochman, who will mark 55 years with the Daily News next month, it is another in a long list of honors. Other boxing honors include the 1991 Nat Fleischer Memorial Award from the Boxing Writers Association of America.
May 7, 2014 |
DICK ALLEN led the entire cockeyed world of baseball in OPS-plus for 10 years, from 1964 to 1973. His number was 165, higher than Henry Aaron, higher than Willie McCovey, higher than Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays. Dominate any phase of the game for 10 years, pitching or hitting or slugging, and you oughta be in the Hall of Fame. Allen is not in the Hall of Fame. The other seven guys are. Philadelphia's City Council, which can't always agree that today is Tuesday, unanimously passed a resolution last week urging the committee that's going to nominate overlooked players who played in the Golden Era, from 1946 to '72, to consider Allen.