January 8, 2015 |
THE EMAIL buzzed onto the screen of my phone. Subject: Phillies Statement. The first instinct was one that is beaten into any lifelong reporter: What did I miss? Unlocking the phone, my mind burned through the possibilities. A trade? A free-agent outfielder? Relocation to Havana? Exhale. "With regard to Pedro Martinez . . . " Of course. Pedro. Five years ago, he burned through our atmosphere like some oddity from space, crash- landing in Clearwater en route to Citizens Bank Park and 12 starts that feel like they took place forever ago. Yesterday, he was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the only proper end for one of the most dominant careers the sport has ever seen.
January 7, 2015 |
When I look at the baseball Hall of Fame ballot I received about a month ago, I see 19 names that, without any investigation of their careers, I believe have the statistical credentials to be elected. Some of my fellow members of the Baseball Writers Association of America might even see more, but balloting rules allow you to vote for only 10 of the 34 players listed. I voted for none of them. Don't worry; it did not impact the process, because, as I write this, my ballot still sits on my office desk in front of me. It never made it to the mailbox, so it was not counted among the results that will be released Tuesday.
January 5, 2015 |
Archbishop Ryan's George Todt has added another honor to his illustrious career. Todt, Ryan's longtime boys' soccer coach, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania State Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 31 and receive the association's Honor Award. The decision was announced Friday. Former Strath Haven coach Mike Barr will also be inducted. For 44 seasons, Todt and Ryan were the epitome of excellence in not just the Philadelphia Catholic League but all of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
January 5, 2015 |
LEGENDARY basketball stat man Harvey Pollack was in critical but stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday after a one-car accident on New Year's evening in Center City. Pollack, 92, the 76ers' director of statistical information, was driving his car in a parking garage after being a judge for the Mummers Parade. His car hit a wall, and Pollack suffered a broken hip, ribs, pelvis and jaw along with facial lacerations. He underwent hip surgery yesterday. "I'm surprised he just didn't walk out of the car and brush himself off," 76ers coach Brett Brown said from Phoenix, where his team played the Suns last night.
December 22, 2014 |
Certain homes, like certain people, have an instant presence, a distinctiveness that's easier felt than explained. And on a Collingswood street that faces the town's expansive Knight Park, set on a rise, stands such a house. It was built in 1907 by Newton Baker Taylor Roney, who would later establish a legacy as a developer in Miami Beach with his Roney Plaza Hotel on Collins Avenue, a glamour destination early in the 20th century. The home Roney built in Collingswood, originally in the Victorian style, has gone on to become a haven for former Collingswood Mayor Michael Brennan and his wife, Jean, who treasure its legacy of longtime owners.
December 13, 2014 |
Chris Rock established himself as one of our foremost comics with his 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain . Nearly two decades later, he proves he's also a brilliant filmmaker with Top Five , a stunning, joyous, big-screen comedy written and directed by and starring the 49-year-old Rock. An innovative take on familiar material, Top Five is an exquisitely paced, rich, idiosyncratic, satirical, yet deeply moving free-form comedy about a Hollywood star who is shadowed for one day by a New York Times reporter.
December 10, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - When the news was announced, the only thing missing was a sound Dick Allen was more than familiar with a half-century ago, the verbal calling card of Philadelphia sports fans. Boo! Baseball's winter meetings began yesterday when officials from the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that no one among the 10 candidates had been elected by the Golden Era Committee this year. One supporter hollered out "No!" when the results were read aloud during a late-morning press conference.
December 10, 2014 |
Mark "Frog" Carfagno flew to San Diego on Friday, and he wore a Phillies jersey with ALLEN 15 on the back to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel on Monday. There, he would learn if the crusade to which he'd devoted himself over the last two years had succeeded. There, he would find out whether Dick Allen would be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. There, it turned out, Frog had his heart broken. The Hall's Golden Era Committee, charged with considering 10 candidates from 1947 through 1972, announced Monday during Major League Baseball's winter meetings that none of the 10 had earned induction next year.
December 1, 2014 |
Baseball was the subject of a graphically rich ESPN SportsCenter segment last week, but it might easily have been physics. In a detailed dissection of Lorenzo Cain's best catches, the network employed such metrics as foot speed, ball acceleration, and the gradated circumferences of the area the Kansas City star and other outfielders could reasonably be expected to cover. Days later, the New York Times sports section included one story reimagining the arcane mathematical formula that gauges quarterback performance, another scrutinizing the economic and educational demographics of the most football-crazed states, and a third examining the statistics-based rationale behind the Patriots' penchant for deferring possession after successful coin tosses.
November 19, 2014 |
Eric Lindros and John LeClair, two-thirds of the Flyers' famed Legion of Doom line, will enter the team's Hall of Fame before Thursday's game against Minnesota at the Wells Fargo Center. "Eric has been such a big part of my career, and to have him standing right there next to me will be quite immense," LeClair, who lives in Haverford, said in a conference call with Lindros and reporters Monday. "Philadelphia is where I played my best hockey," said Lindros, whose long feud with the organization ended a few years ago. "The fans in Philadelphia are extremely passionate.