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.
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.
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.
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.
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.