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 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.
September 25, 2014 |
On Tuesday morning, between Walnut and Spruce Streets, the stars were aligned. The Philadelphia Music Alliance, Avenue of the Arts Inc., and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 8 teamed up for Making the Stars Shine, an unofficial start to the 2014-15 cultural season in Philadelphia. Volunteers from all three organizations and the Kimmel Center cleaned and shined all 121 plaques on the Walk of Fame down South Broad Street. Each plaque took up to an hour and a half to clean.
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.
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.
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.
September 18, 2014 |
Phoenixville's Joe Thomson, owner of Standardbred breeding operation Winbak Farm, has been elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) announced Tuesday. Thomson and his wife JoAnn started Winbak Farm in 1991. The operation has ranked No. 2 among all breeders in purses earned each of the last 12 years, totaling more than $205 million since the start of 2002, and produced three Horse of the Year Award winners. In addition, Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor and general manager of the Horseman and Fair World publishing company, were elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
July 8, 2011 |
BALTIMORE - John Mackey, the rugged Hall of Fame tight end and union president who later fought for stronger health benefits for retired players and struggled with dementia, has died at age 69. Mr. Mackey's wife notified the team about her husband's death, Baltimore Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said Thursday. No official cause was given. Mr. Mackey played for the Baltimore Colts from 1963 to '71. He helped the team beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1971 Super Bowl by catching a pass from Johnny Unitas after it deflected off two other players for a 75-yard touchdown.