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 4, 2013 |
AS THE SPORTS information director at the University of Sciences and a member of the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association, Bob Heller is familiar with coordinating the annual induction into the group's Hall of Fame. This time around, his only responsibility will be to sit back and wait for his name to be announced. Heller, who has been a member of the association's board for 13 seasons, will be inducted into the Philadelphia Small College Coaches Hall of Fame on March 18, alongside former Ursinus All-America basketball player Dennis Stanton and former Community College of Philadelphia basketball coach Robert "Dondi" DeShields.
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.
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.
May 25, 2011
Former Widener football coach Bill Manlove has been selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame. Manlove will be the third person from Widener to receive the honor. Two-time all-American running back and kick returner Billy "White Shoes" Johnson was inducted as part of the Hall's first class in 1996, and three-time all-American defensive back and kick returner Tom Deery was enshrined two years later in the third class. The ceremony will take place during the Enshrinement Festival, July 15-16 in South Bend, Ind. Manlove is one of six who will be honored in the Hall Divisional Class, which includes players and coaches from Divisions I-AA, II, III, and the NAIA.
February 5, 2010
FUNNY THING about fame, you get a little, and, all of a sudden, you can be a spokesman for anything. Personally, I feel that all politicians are lying, cheating bottom-feeders whose sole purpose in life is to step over the common man as they ascend the ladder of success. That said, I was glad to see Cindy McCain use her 15 minutes of fame wisely. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to ban same-sex marriage. Although her significant other believes otherwise (says marriage is defined as between man and woman only)
August 17, 2011
BETHLEHEM - As the Eagles wrapped up training camp at Lehigh, they announced the passing of one of their all-time greats, Hall of Fame receiver Pete Pihos. Pihos, 87, died yesterday morning from complications of Alzheimer's disease in Winston-Salem, N.C. He led the NFL in receptions in 1953, '54 and '55 and went to the Pro Bowl six times in his 9-year career, all of it with the Eagles. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the Pihos family for the loss of Pete, who was one of the all-time great Philadelphia Eagles," coach Andy Reid said.