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.
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.
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 2, 2011 |
ED SNIDER estimates that when he made his successful bid for the Flyers' expansion franchise in 1966, there was just one American playing in the six-team National Hockey League. In June, after a full 43 seasons had passed since Snider's squad first began wreaking havoc in the NHL, nearly one out of every five NHL players was born and raised in the United States. For his contributions to the sport - by helping turn Philadelphia into one of hockey's most prominent American cities - Snider was announced yesterday as part of the 2011 class of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
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?
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.