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.
January 17, 2013 |
Her blouse open to reveal a skimpy bra, Megan Fox strikes a dangerously hot pose on the cover of Esquire. Yet inside the talk is of God. And glossolalia. "It feels like a lot of energy coming through the top of your head," Fox, 26, says of her experiences speaking in tongues. It began when she was 8. "Your whole body is filled with this electric current," she says. "Words are coming out of your mouth, and you can't control it. The idea is that it's a language that only God understands.
May 9, 2011 |
HISTORY WILL not record it as a shocker on a par with Buster Douglas' 1990 knockout of the seemingly invincible Mike Tyson. But for those who were inside the walls of New Jersey's Rahway State Prison on May 25, 1980, North Philadelphia's Jerry "The Bull" Martin's 10-round, unanimous-decision victory over an inmate named James Scott must have seemed like the mother of all upsets. "That was one of the highlights of my career, and it certainly was the highlight of Jerry Martin's career," recalled Martin's promoter, J Russell Peltz.
January 22, 2015 |
Bruce B. Daniels, 83, of South Harrison, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and owner of the former South Jersey School of Horseshoeing in Mullica Hill, died of an aneurysm at a daughter's home in Fort Myers, Fla. on Dec. 30. In 2008, South Harrison Township, where he had lived since 1952, named him its Person of the Year. "He got a plaque at our Community Day," Municipal Clerk Nancy Kearns said. "He was a wonderful person," she said, "and did a lot of good for the community.
August 15, 2007
I take great exception to the letter titled "Phils' Pantheon" (letter, Aug. 7). It seems that the author has some agenda regarding the Phillies and their willingness to recognize the accomplishments of black and Hispanic players. He also seems to think that the Phillies organization has failed to recognize the 1980 World Championship Team, and claims that the club has placed too much emphasis on the 1993 National League Champions. He centers most of his argument on the Phillies Wall of Fame.
July 9, 2012
Ken Avallon asked a simple question: Why not us? He had just read a May 17, 2002, Inquirer article written by Frank Fitzpatrick, who wondered why there was no Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Avallon did some research and discovered that, in fact, there was no such Hall. "There was a Big 5 Hall of Fame, a Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, but not one for the city," Avallon said. He got together with some family members and friends, talked about it for a few weeks and decided it was time to start one. So that's what they did. The Charter Class was inducted in 2004.
January 6, 2012
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame is soliciting nominations from the public for its ninth class of inductees. The nominating process will conclude Jan. 27. The Hall relies heavily on input from fans with the top nominees submitted by the public included on the election ballot. The Hall is open to athletes, coaches, media, administrators and other contributors in all areas of pro, college, amateur, high school and youth sports. Candidates must have been born in or performed in the Philadelphia area and meet certain eligibility requirements.
August 20, 2016
ISSUE | PHILLIES Leave Rose off Wall Concerning Bob Brookover's column, "Time for Rose to grace Phillies' wall" (Monday), Pete Rose is a Cincinnati Red (and Jim Thome is a Cleveland Indian). Both were great baseball players, and both are on the wall of fame of their original team. The Phillies rented them, and they played well, but they don't belong on our wall. Rose broke baseball's cardinal rule, betting on games, and then lied about it for years. His mea culpas now are too little, too late.
April 6, 2016
DO NOT misinterpret this, because I completely believe that Allen Iverson deserved to be a first-ballot Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. The player known as "The Answer" is a four-time NBA scoring champion and was one of the toughest on-the-court competitor I've ever seen. With Iverson having 11 All-Star selections on his résumé, being a 26.7 points career scorer and establishing himself as one of the most iconic athletes of recent times, it was only appropriate on Monday that he joined Shaquille O'Neal, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, former USA Olympian and WNBA pioneer Sheryl Swoopes, former NBA and Chinese star Yao Ming and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, among others, as Hall of Fame selections.
February 8, 2012
FORMER PHILLIES reliever Rheal Cormier was selected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. The best of Cormier's 16 big-league seasons came with the Phillies in 2003, when he was 8-0 with a 1.70 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 54 hits in 84 innings. His 683 games pitched for St. Louis (1991-94), Boston (1995, 1999-2000), Montreal (1996-97), the Phillies (2001-06), and Cincinnati (2006-07) are the second-most appearances ever by a Canadian, behind Paul Quantrill (841). Cormier, from Moncton, New Brunswick, represented Canada in a number of international events, including the 1987 Pan Am Games, the 1988 and 2008 Olympics and the 2006 World Baseball Classic.