July 1, 2015 |
IT WAS late March when Chris Pronger knew there was a chance he'd be honored yesterday. The Hockey Hall of Fame's general voting members ratified new bylaws and clarified bylaw No. 26 - which states an inductee must not play professionally for three years before becoming eligible - to allow players still under contract, but not playing because of injury, to be inducted. Pronger last played in November 2011 because of postconcussion syndrome and hasn't officially retired because his contract as a player runs through 2017.
June 28, 2015 |
A stoic, old-school manager, Ryne Sandberg showed some emotion Friday in his last day with the Phillies. Sandberg, 55, arrived at Citizens Bank Park at 10 a.m. and then dropped a bombshell on his bosses: He was walking away from this season of endless frustration and consistent losing. Third base coach Pete Mackanin was named the interim manager, the third time he has been in the position. With a 26-48 record entering Friday, the Phillies had the worst mark in Major League Baseball, and the pain from managing a team that last produced a winning season in 2011 was clearly evident.
June 19, 2015 |
AT THIS POINT, the idea of a bricks-and-mortar shrine to Philadelphia's rich, diverse and influential musical history seems almost as old as the city itself. But a group that includes some of Our Town's most revered musical monikers has started the ball rolling toward making the dream reality. According to George Pettignano, a New York-based CBS-TV executive who is spearheading the drive to create the facility, those behind what is being referred to as the Philadelphia Music Museum & Hall of Fame are eyeing the financially beleaguered Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard streets.
June 16, 2015 |
CANASTOTA, N.Y. - Perhaps more than any other sport, boxing is about family, of bonds formed between fathers and sons. Those bonds are almost always born of love, but love can come in several forms. Sometimes it is tender, sometimes tough, still other times a curious mixture of each. But during the International Boxing Hall of Fame's 26th annual induction ceremony here yesterday afternoon, several of the inductees spoke of being introduced to boxing, at least indirectly, by mothers, siblings or dear friends who could just as well have been blood relatives.
June 11, 2015 |
SAINT JOSEPH'S University track coach Kevin Quinn announced his retirement yesterday, ending a 49-year career at the school. When asked what he'll miss most, he answered faster than any of the runners he ever coached. "Saint Joseph's is an exceptional school and Saint Joseph's attracts exceptional people," Quinn said last night. "My fondest memories are the kids. I'm the youngest 74-year-old you'll ever see, and the reason is the great kids I've dealt with throughout the years.
June 5, 2015 |
CHEF BOBBY Flay 's initiation into the Hollywood Walk of Fame got an extra dose of salt Tuesday: Right after the Food Network star palmed his sidewalk star, a banner plane, like the ones that lap the beaches at the Jersey Shore, did a fly-by. The banner read "CHEATER. " It circled for about an hour. Everyone who noticed it wondered: Could Flay's soon-to-be ex-wife No. 3 have sent the message? The 10-year marriage between the big-time beef cook and "Law & Order: SUV" star Stephanie March began to dissolve in April amid rumors that the "Iron Chef" couldn't keep his paws off one of his assistants, January Jones and fellow Food Networker Giada De Laurentiis . March denies any signage involvement.
May 31, 2015 |
From Broadway to disco to big-hair rock, from the Philly Sound to the Great American Songbook, the just-announced 2015 class for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame covers much musical ground. The lineup, announced by the Philadelphia Music Alliance on Thursday, also fills a long-standing absence: that of singer Billie Holiday, born in Philly and a frequent performer at the Showboat at Broad and Lombard Streets and the Earle Theatre at 11th and Market Streets. Soon, she'll be on Broad Street along with the Trammps, famous throughout the galaxy for "Disco Inferno"; Andrea McArdle, who played the title role in the original Broadway production of Annie ; the all-Philly, all-world Roots (wait, the Roots weren't there already?
May 29, 2015
A GLAM HAIR-METAL band. The original "Annie. " The guys who lit a disco inferno. A literal giant in the music industry. These are among the seven new inductees whose names soon will be installed into the sidewalk along the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame along the Avenue of the Arts on South Broad Street. You've been waiting with bated breath, and now here they are: * We got a sneak peek with the announcement of Billie Holiday last month. She would've turned 100 years old April 7. Holiday is considered one of the best and most influential jazz singers of all time.
May 21, 2015 |
The South Jersey high school senior whose repeated attempts to take a "selfie" Monday with President Obama in Camden captured the Internet's attention has a very simple explanation for her persistence. "I had to try to get a good one for Instagram," 18-year-old Julia Cappelli said Tuesday. How else to let friends know you'd met the leader of the free world? "I knew no one would believe me, so I was, like, 'I have to get a selfie, I need proof of this,' " she said, as video and GIFs of her attempts to grab the perfect photo bounced around the Internet.
April 26, 2015 |
When Bob Mannino began his career as a high school soccer coach, enjoying a Hall of Fame career was the furthest thing from his mind. Like many of the coaches who took over in the late 1970s, Mannino didn't have a background in the sport, but he became a sponge when it came to absorbing soccer knowledge. He attended clinics and conventions, always picking the brains of fellow coaches. And as his career was winding down, it was Mannino who became the person that others went to for advice.