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August 11, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg had two chances in his baseball career to earn induction onto the Phillies Wall of Fame, the honor that was bestowed Saturday night on Charlie Manuel, Sandberg's predecessor as manager. Sandberg could have - should have , most would say - gotten in as a Hall of Fame second baseman, a homegrown superstar who didn't say much but let his game expound on his philosophy. Two generations of fans would have marveled that the same template would be repeated at the same position just a few years later as Chase Utley came along and also became capable of leading the league in everything except aimless chatter.
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August 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Philadelphia's representatives in the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 sat on stage Thursday and occasionally glanced up at the second-floor gallery where, glowing like familiar stars in an alien sky, the illuminated faces of earlier Philly basketball legends looked back. Those Hall of Fame predecessors and the city's rich and welcoming basketball culture, these inductees insisted, set them on a path to Springfield. "Growing up outside Philly in the late 1950s, early 1960s, there was nothing bigger than basketball," said Gary Williams, the South Jersey-born coach whose long and successful coaching career included an NCAA title in 2002 at Maryland.
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August 9, 2014 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - For the players and coaches of the women's basketball national championship teams at Immaculata, it's yesterday once more this weekend at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Former star center Theresa Grentz, who always got the last word on the court, also got the last word at Thursday's news conference among the inductees who gave their thoughts about their induction Friday night. "We are looking forward to another chance to party," Grentz said with a smile.
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August 8, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sonny Hill minces no words when he discusses the basketball career of Guy Rodgers, his "big brother [and] mentor. " "When people ask me, 'Who is the greatest player in the Big Five?' It's not even close," Hill, Philadelphia's iconic basketball organizer and advocate, said Wednesday. "That's how good he was. "Let's put it in Philadelphia perspective: Whoever it is that you think is the second-best Big Five player, he's not close to Guy Rodgers. " Rodgers, a heady and gifted point guard who won three straight Big Five player-of-the-year awards at Temple, will be inducted posthumously Friday night into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., picked by the Hall's veterans committee.
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August 6, 2014
LONGTIME Bonner-Prendergast High assistant baseball coach Gene Ferraiolo died Saturday night at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Township. Ferraiolo, 81, was also the father-in-law of current B-P baseball coach Joe DeBarberie, who is married to Ferraiolo's daughter Patty. "The good thing was that he got a chance to coach two of his grandsons," DeBarberie said yesterday, referencing his own sons, Steve and Matthew, 2006 and 2008 B-P grads, respectively. "How many guys can say they coached their grandsons in high school?"
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August 2, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins will be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame this season, the team announced Thursday. Lindros and LeClair, who played together in the 1990s, will be inducted Nov. 20 before the team's game against the Minnesota Wild. Desjardins will be inducted before the Feb. 19 game against the Buffalo Sabres. "I think we had really good teams and really good years in the '90s," Desjardins, 45, said Thursday in a telephone interview. "It was a lot of fun and we had good success, except we didn't win the Cup. To be recognized with those guys means we did pretty good.
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July 28, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
HE USED to crack home runs into the night over the glistening scoreboard at old Connie Mack Stadium. Richard Ashburn Jr., the Hall of Famer's eldest son, said it was like "watching God hit a baseball. " Former Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler said he'd never leave the ballpark while Allen had another at-bat. It was the good, old days pancaked into one afternoon at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park yesterday, as dozens gathered to remember a legendary star and hopefully propel him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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July 18, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
CHARLIE MANUEL, one of two men to manage the Phillies to a World Series championship, will be inducted onto the team's Wall of Fame during Alumni Weekend. Manuel will be honored on Aug. 9, before the Phillies-Mets game. Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005 to '13. He won five NL East Division titles and led the 2008 Phillies to the World Series title, the team's first since 1980. Manuel and the Phillies returned to the World Series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees. In 9 years as Philies manager, Manuel was 780-636, for a .551 percentage.
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June 12, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flourtown's Mike Richter has never forgotten his roots, which is why he said it was so special to be named in the 11th induction class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Richter was a three-time all-star goalie with the New York Rangers, who led the team to the Stanley Cup in 1994. "This means a lot because it is Philadelphia," Richter said on Tuesday as the Hall of Fame class was introduced at a news conference. Not all inductees were able to attend. The induction will take place Nov. 13 at the Society Hill Sheraton.
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June 12, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
TWO MEN walked into the Society Hill Sheraton for the same purpose, but took different routes getting there. They both were born in the Philadelphia area, and were at the same event for the same reason. Both boxer Meldrick Taylor and hockey star Mike Richter were there because they will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, along with 14 other individuals and one team. A quaint smile came over the face of Taylor when he heard his accolades being read off by Philadelphia legendary announcer Dan Baker on Tuesday afternoon.
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