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.
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 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.
December 6, 2011 |
Ron Santo, the barrel-chested Chicago Cubs third baseman, was elected to the Hall of Fame Monday, overwhelmingly chosen by the Veterans Committee nearly a year to the day after he died hoping for the honor. "It's really exciting because so many years that we had parties over to his house in spring training saying, 'This is the year,' " said Hall of Fame teammate Billy Williams, a member of the voting panel. Santo, who played in the majors from 1960 to 1974, was a nine-time all-star, hit 342 home runs, and won five Gold Gloves.
October 28, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Hollywood has glittering granite stars immortalizing those who have graced the big screen. In Philadelphia, embossed treble clefs dot Broad Street to celebrate the city's great musical minds. But what about West Chester? On Sunday, the borough will unveil its own walk of fame of movers and shakers - dead and alive - who have made West Chester what it is today. And these plaques, made of solid bronze and shaped like keystones, will be scattered all over town. "West Chester has been around for a long time, and it didn't get to where it is now overnight," said Jimmer Breen, a local artist who designed the plates.
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)