June 12, 2014 |
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.
June 1, 2014 |
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April, will be shown on HBO in a three-hour version (edited from five) at 8 on Saturday night. This year's show makes for a far more entertainingly compelling exercise in self-congratulation than usual. That's partly due to the talent level. In its first year of eligibility, Nirvana, the greatest of grunge-era bands, was inducted. The HBO show comes to a climactic conclusion with surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear joined by four female singers - Joan Jett, Lorde, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, and a particularly fabulous St. Vincent - filling in for the late Kurt Cobain.
May 23, 2014 |
Selecting new members for induction into a Hall of Fame in any sport is a difficult task. Then you have the College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame, conducted by the National Football Foundation, will announce its 16 newest members - 14 players and two coaches - Thursday in Irving, Texas. To get to that number, a special committee last month narrowed the contenders down from an original list of 194 nominees - 162 players and 32 coaches. The numbers are high because the basic requirement for consideration is simple: You must have been named an all-American in a season by any one of the multiple organizations and news outlets that pick such a team.
May 21, 2014 |
A QUARTER CENTURY ago, Mike Schmidt hit a one-out double off David Cone in the top of the eighth inning at Shea Stadium. Later in the inning, he scored the go-ahead run. In between, the ball Schmidt hit for a double was scooped up and sent into the visiting dugout. Schmidt and then-broadcaster Richie Ashburn, who would one day go into the Hall of Fame together, autographed the ball and it was auctioned off at the Phillies Wives ALS auction. A day after that hit, on April 20, 1989, Schmidt hit another double in his first at-bat in Pittsburgh to pass Ashburn and claim the Phillies' all-time hit record.
May 21, 2014 |
When Philly-based Magnet started in 1993, the American alternative-music magazine landscape was awash in options: Spin, Ray Gun, CMJ, Harp, Alternative Press, and Option, to name a few. Most have perished, gone online only, or morphed into emo-metal/skate-core rags, leaving Magnet (once a quarterly, now a monthly) as alt-publishing's last mag standing - or, figuratively, last man, now that Eric T. Miller's mag has turned 21. "Being 21 means we're finally able to drink legally," says Miller with a laugh.
May 16, 2014 |
TRAINERS NAAZIM Richardson and Mitch Allen, cut man Leon Tabbs and legendary Daily News' columnist Stan Hochman are among the 10 inductees of the 2014 class of the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. Former boxers Earl Hargrove, Mike Picciotti, Percy Manning, Jimmy Tygh and Ed "Gunboat" Smith will also be inducted. For Hochman, who will mark 55 years with the Daily News next month, it is another in a long list of honors. Other boxing honors include the 1991 Nat Fleischer Memorial Award from the Boxing Writers Association of America.
May 7, 2014 |
DICK ALLEN led the entire cockeyed world of baseball in OPS-plus for 10 years, from 1964 to 1973. His number was 165, higher than Henry Aaron, higher than Willie McCovey, higher than Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays. Dominate any phase of the game for 10 years, pitching or hitting or slugging, and you oughta be in the Hall of Fame. Allen is not in the Hall of Fame. The other seven guys are. Philadelphia's City Council, which can't always agree that today is Tuesday, unanimously passed a resolution last week urging the committee that's going to nominate overlooked players who played in the Golden Era, from 1946 to '72, to consider Allen.
April 23, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Since the Phillies' lineup was matched up against lefthander Paul Maholm, who has seen righthanded hitters hit nearly 70 points higher than lefthanders in his career, it was hardly surprising that Cody Asche was out of last night's starting nine at Dodger Stadium. Asche also gave way to a pinch-hitter a day earlier in Denver, in another right-lefty matchup. And since Freddy Galvis returned from the disabled list 10 days earlier, Asche has been out of the lineup in four of the last 10 games.
April 14, 2014
An obituary Sunday for Charles R. Scott incorrectly identified the hall of fame into which he was inducted. It was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.