November 11, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Former Phillies closer Billy Wagner was among 15 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for next year that was released Monday. Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman highlight the new additions. Among those remaining on the ballot from previous years are former Phillies starter Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines. Wagner, 44, converted 422 saves over a 16-year major-league career spent predominantly with the Houston Astros, Phillies and New York Mets.
November 9, 2015 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Towering defenseman Chris Pronger played with the Flyers only for three years, but he made a lasting impression, steering the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in his only full season with the team. "He brought a tremendous presence to the rink - both defensively and offensively. He could defend. He could make plays like nobody," Paul Holmgren, the Flyers' president, said in a phone conversation Saturday. "He was one of the best defensemen who ever played. " That's why Pronger, who turned 41 last month, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. Hay and Karmanos were selected in the "builder" category.
October 30, 2015 |
DONOVAN McNABB returned to Syracuse this week to speak at an insurance trade show. While there, he took some time to talk with Chris Carlson, of Syracuse.com. McNabb, of course, played quarterback for Syracuse before going on to play 11 seasons with the Eagles. He chatted about a wide range of topics, including his DUI arrests (he said he doesn't have a drinking problem). At one point, he even gave advice to Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "Well, he better win soon," McNabb said.
October 28, 2015 |
At a star-studded gala presented by the Philadelphia Music Alliance, the Roots topped the bill Monday night at the Fillmore Philadelphia as the hip-hop and Tonight Show band led a slate of seven acts inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame. Other inductees were "Disco Inferno" hit-makers the Trammps, Annie star Andrea McArdle, DJ Harvey Holiday, 1980s rock band Cinderella, Asleep at the Wheel leader Ray Benson, and the late Billie Holiday. Also on hand were Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, who was expected, and soul-funk singer D'Angelo, who was a surprise.
October 24, 2015 |
There is much to celebrate when the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) holds its first evening gala in 20-plus years for the Walk of Fame induction ceremony, cohosted with the Avenue of the Arts. All will take place Monday at the brand-new Fillmore Philadelphia in Fishtown. "I was part of the original board spearheaded by Larry Magid, whose drive and vision created the PMA," says cochair Alan J. Rubens, a Time Life executive. Rubens got involved with the PMA again in 2013 to continue that vision, and cochair Mia Tinari thought up the idea of a gala to start that process.
October 22, 2015 |
On an arctic day in the winter of 1986, a group of local music-scene mahoffs welcomed representatives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Philly with the intention of persuading them to put the hall here. Inexplicably, Cleveland ultimately got the nod (some insiders blamed then-Mayor Wilson Goode's lack of enthusiasm for the project). But there was a positive by-product of that ill-fated, long-ago visit: the Philadelphia Music Alliance. For almost 30 years, the nonprofit PMA has been the guardian and promoter of Philadelphia's illustrious and influential history as a music capital.
October 2, 2015 |
Jacob Soll was walking on the University of Pennsylvania campus on a rainy September day in 2011, thinking his career might as well be over. The Boston-bred son of a single mother, Soll held a doctorate in history from Cambridge University and was a tenured professor at Rutgers-Camden. But he thought that his groundbreaking research on early modern Europe was not having an impact. He earned far less than his peers, and lived with his wife and two young daughters in a West Philadelphia home whose roof was literally caving in. "I felt completely hopeless," he said.
September 18, 2015 |
BILL MURRAY and his five brothers were inducted into the Western Golf Association's Caddie Hall of Fame last night. So they've got that going for them, which is nice. The vehicle for the honor, of course, was the film "Caddyshack," which starred Murray as Carl Spackler, a whacky greenskeeper "licensed to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. " Murray's brother Brian Doyle-Murray, who portrayed caddie master Lou Loomis in the movie, co-wrote the script. The cult classic is based on the zany characters the Murray brothers encountered at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Ill., which was less than three miles from Wilmette where they were raised.
September 14, 2015 |
Allen Iverson will be eligible for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016, a year earlier than expected, according to a report. NBA.com reported Saturday that the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame had decided Iverson's 10-game stint with a team in Turkey in 2010-11 was not enough to push back his eligibility. He last played in the NBA with the 76ers, with whom he played from 1996 to 2006. If the Hall had decided to recognize his time with Besiktas in Turkey, he would not have been eligible until 2017.
September 13, 2015 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The red carpet leading up Symphony Hall's steps Friday night was better-suited to celebrity presenters like Charles Barkley, James Worthy, and Julius Erving than to the 11 new inductees in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Several members of the Class of 2015, formally inducted during televised ceremonies at this Springfield landmark, spent most of their careers on the spotlight's edges: Dikembe Mutombo made his name as a shot-blocking dynamo. Talented and versatile, JoJo White was often overlooked in the Celtics team concept.