July 18, 2015 |
Not long before eight-time Gold Glove Award winner Garry Maddox retired from baseball in 1986, the former Phillies centerfielder had planned on returning to his hometown of Los Angeles. It never happened that way. Maddox, 65, has never left the Philadelphia area since his career ended. Instead, he has set up a number of successful businesses here and has remained involved in the community. On Thursday, Maddox was introduced as one of 15 new inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
September 11, 2014 |
LAWYERS MIGHT HAVE one of the most joked-about jobs on Earth, but here in Philadelphia, they now are among the most celebrated: Temple University yesterday officially opened a national Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. The hall was founded in 2009 by the Trial Lawyer magazine, but hasn't had a physical home until now. Its goal: to honor trial lawyers "who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Constitution and the American trial bar," according to its website.
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.
July 26, 2012 |
JOHN CHANEY and football. Bet you never figured that name and sport would appear in the same sentence, right? Chaney, of course, was the longtime basketball coach at Temple University and now owns a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Two generations later, John Chaney III is trying to make his mark as a gridder, and already has used his skill and character to earn what promises to be the experience of a lifetime. On Aug. 4 at 7 p.m., at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, a wide-eyed Chaney will be among the witnesses when the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomes its 2012 inductees.
March 5, 2013 |
IT MIGHT COME as a surprise to some Philadelphia-area boxing fans, but Pittsburgh is located in Pennsylvania. So are other towns in the commonwealth that have produced notable fighters who were not born in, or primarily based in, Pennsylvania's most populous city. It's a long-overdue honor, but the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame finally gets around to enshrining one of the state's all-time greats on May 19, when Charley Burley - who was born in Bessemer, Pa., on Sept. 6, 1917, and was 75 when he died on Oct. 16, 1992, in his longtime hometown of Pittsburgh - heads the 10-member Class of 2013.
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.
February 4, 2015 |
JIM BUNNING'S account of the voting on Golden Era candidates for the Hall of Fame raises some serious issues about the process. We've narrowed it down to eight questions and when we get some honest answers we will print them. * Who chooses the candidates? * Who chooses the voters and what criteria is used? * Why include writers on the voting panel when the committee is supposedly designed to judge players the writers rejected for 15 years? * Why tell the voters they can only vote for as many as four candidates, why not six or eight or 10?
March 28, 2014 |
NEW YORK - For years, Bob Clarke has been one of many Flyers executives to lobby for superstar Eric Lindros to be included in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Now, Clarke will have his say - and not just on Lindros. The Hockey Hall of Fame announced today that Clarke was appointed as one of three new members of the 18-person selection committee - which votes in secret. He will join Nashville GM David Poile and Los Angeles president of business operations, Luc Robitaille, to serve under new selection committee chairman John Davidson.
January 11, 2013 |
The only living member who will be honored in July by the Baseball Hall of Fame is a writer - former Daily News scribe Paul Hagen. That is somehow appropriate, considering that the writers are at the forefront of a debate that extends beyond the walls of the Cooperstown, N.Y., museum. "This is the most star-studded ballot in 75 years, and we didn't elect anybody on it," ESPN.com's Jayson Stark said. "It just shows you what a mess Hall of Fame voting has become. " For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not elect anyone Wednesday.
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.