July 17, 2015
MY BAR TALK podcast partner, Glen Macnow, and I got to yapping about my suggestion of a couple of weeks ago for a Philly beer museum. The WIP sports talker came up with even better idea: A Beer Hall of Fame. To get things started, here are my nominees for the first class. You can vote for your favorites or add your own nominees at www.joesixpack.net . The Inventors * Louis Pasteur. In 1858, the French chemist discovered that heat kills the bacteria that turns beer sour.
July 17, 2015 |
PHILLIES public address announcer Dan Baker has been belting out the names of the team's players since 1972, so it wasn't a surprise that when Garry Maddox was selected as one of the inductees in the 2015 class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame yesterday, Baker was on hand to call him onto stage for the announcement. "No. 31, Phillies centerfielder Garrrrrryyyy, Madddddoxxxx," Baker rang out to those in attendance, introducing and celebrating the career of Maddox, a defensive star in the outfield and an integral member of the Phillies' 1980 World Series championship team.
July 16, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - Maybe it was too much anticipation about what was going to happen. In this city, Pete Rose is revered like nowhere else - even Philadelphia. One of the roads adjacent to Great American Ball Park is called Pete Rose Way. No matter Rose's status of exile from Major League Baseball, he can never be erased from Reds lore. So when Major League Baseball granted a one-night reprieve allowing the banned-from-baseball Rose to walk into a major league ballpark and have a minor role in last night's All-Star Game festivities, it was assumed the cheers from the sellout crowd would blow the roof off the stadium if it had one. Rose's greeting wasn't underwhelming but it was far from overwhelming.
July 1, 2015 |
Former Flyer Chris Pronger, the towering, crease-clearing defenseman who played the game on the edge - and sometimes beyond - was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Pronger, 40, called it "very humbling" to be included alongside the players and builders who were selected. "It's very exciting to think about becoming an honored member; it's certainly something I didn't expect while playing. " Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. were also named to the Hall.
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.