April 6, 2016
DO NOT misinterpret this, because I completely believe that Allen Iverson deserved to be a first-ballot Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. The player known as "The Answer" is a four-time NBA scoring champion and was one of the toughest on-the-court competitor I've ever seen. With Iverson having 11 All-Star selections on his résumé, being a 26.7 points career scorer and establishing himself as one of the most iconic athletes of recent times, it was only appropriate on Monday that he joined Shaquille O'Neal, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, former USA Olympian and WNBA pioneer Sheryl Swoopes, former NBA and Chinese star Yao Ming and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, among others, as Hall of Fame selections.
June 25, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame announced its new members Thursday, and former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and retired Eagles safety Brian Dawkins highlight the list of 15 individuals and one team. Nine sports were represented on the list that included the 1966-67 76ers, and bowling made the cut for the first time. Sylvia Wene Martin was the first female bowler to roll three perfect games in sanctioned competitions. She is already in both the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Women's International Bowling Hall of Fame.
January 31, 2015 |
A few minutes after 9 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, in a 2,300-seat symphony hall in Phoenix, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will reveal its 2015 class of inductees. Among the 15 finalists for induction is Marvin Harrison: a Philadelphia native, an alumnus of Roman Catholic High School and Syracuse University, a wide receiver who caught 1,102 passes over his 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, a player who rarely so much as spiked the football after any of his 128 touchdown receptions and who guarded his privacy with such ferocious secrecy that he remained a mystery even to those teammates who knew him longest and best.
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.
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.
November 22, 2015 |
Another institution has revoked an honor previously bestowed on Bill Cosby. Central High School's alumni association voted this week to remove the entertainer - who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault - from its Hall of Fame. Cosby briefly attended Central in the 1950s, spending only a portion of ninth grade there. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. After months of consideration, the alumni association board voted, 22-6, Thursday night to strip Cosby of the honor, said Jeffrey A. Muldawer, board president.
April 6, 2016 |
HOUSTON - Being a supporter of Allen Iverson through the years was not - as the man himself suggested Monday - always an easy position to hold. Whether it was family, friends, teammates, coaches or fans, the ride they took with Iverson always alternated between exhilarating and exasperating and back again, and often very quickly. It was a thrill ride for sure, and now it has ended, at least the basketball part of it, with Iverson's impending enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall 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.
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.
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.