November 1, 2014 |
DICK ALLEN, a former MVP and seven-time All-Star, was announced as one of the 10 candidates eligible for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame through a veterans committee. Any candidate that receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee will earn election into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown. This winter, the veterans committee is selecting from players and executives whose contributions came during the "Golden Era," from 1947-72.
October 29, 2014 |
JACK RAMSAY WAS the godfather of Saint Joseph's basketball and one of the greatest teachers the sport has ever known. His coaching tree is legendary. Besides his own Hall of Fame coaching career that accounted for 1,098 wins, Ramsay's tutelage was obvious as many of his players - Jim Lynam, Matt Guokas, Jack McKinney, Paul Westhead, Jim O'Brien, Harry Booth, Jim Boyle, to name a few - went on to have successful college and/or pro coaching careers. The good doctor passed away this past April.
October 12, 2014 |
Ray K. Metzker, 83, widely considered one of the nation's greatest photographers, died Thursday, Oct. 9, after a long illness. A spare and somewhat laconic figure, Mr. Metzker came to Philadelphia in 1962 to teach at the Philadelphia College of Art - now part of the University of the Arts - and fell in love with the shadow-streaked streets of the old city. Known for his black-and-white images of the urban streetscape - a man walking past the Fidelity Bank building, a woman captured by a shaft of sunlight, a sailor in whites stepping into an ominous shadow - Mr. Metzker walked the city decade after decade, finding the remarkable in the ordinary and the powerful in the most fleeting.
October 10, 2014 |
RAHEEM BROCK (Dobbins Tech) and Dan Klecko were teammates on the defensive line at Temple for a couple of seasons at the turn of the century, and then again with an Indianapolis Colts team in 2006 that won the Super Bowl. So now maybe it's only right that they're part of the six-person class being inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame, a group that also includes the late football coach Ray Morrison (1940-48). They'll be introduced - along with field hockey's Michelle Murawski (1997-2000)
October 8, 2014 |
AFTER 2 DECADES of covering sports in Philadelphia, I've concluded that there are reasons why the footage in the opening credits for the hit show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" are entirely night images of the city. Show creator Rob McElhenney is a native Philadelphian born in 1977. He was 3 when the Phillies won the 1980 World Series and 6 when the Sixers won the NBA title in 1983. Then it was zip until the Phillies won again in 2008, when McElhenny was 31. For Philadelphia sports fans of his generation, the sun rarely shined.
September 26, 2014 |
If there is a small regret in Glenn Fine's sporting life, it's this: Fine didn't show up in Texas for rookie camp in 1979 after the San Antonio Spurs drafted him in the 10th round, the 199th player taken of 202 overall. Fine had other plans. He had been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship out of Harvard and knew that he was done with hoops - and that if he had gone to that Spurs camp, he would have been cut, probably quickly. These days, the draft is two rounds, and second-rounders don't necessarily make it. A 10-round draft?
September 25, 2014 |
On Tuesday morning, between Walnut and Spruce Streets, the stars were aligned. The Philadelphia Music Alliance, Avenue of the Arts Inc., and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 8 teamed up for Making the Stars Shine, an unofficial start to the 2014-15 cultural season in Philadelphia. Volunteers from all three organizations and the Kimmel Center cleaned and shined all 121 plaques on the Walk of Fame down South Broad Street. Each plaque took up to an hour and a half to clean.
September 25, 2014 |
ADD ANOTHER milestone to the still-fledgling career of Mo'ne Davis. The 13-year-old Taney pitcher, who last month appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame where she will donate the jersey she wore while becoming the first female to pitch a complete-game shutout in a Little League World Series game. Tomorrow, she will be in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with teammates from Taney and the Anderson Monarchs, the travel team that she has played for since she was 7. Davis will present her No. 3 jersey - the one she wore during a 4-0 victory over Nashville - to Hall of Fame president, Jeff Idelson.
September 18, 2014 |
Phoenixville's Joe Thomson, owner of Standardbred breeding operation Winbak Farm, has been elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) announced Tuesday. Thomson and his wife JoAnn started Winbak Farm in 1991. The operation has ranked No. 2 among all breeders in purses earned each of the last 12 years, totaling more than $205 million since the start of 2002, and produced three Horse of the Year Award winners. In addition, Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor and general manager of the Horseman and Fair World publishing company, were elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame.
September 11, 2014 |
The broadcasting duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn is arguably the most popular in Philadelphia sports history. Now you can help the late Ashburn, a Hall of Fame player with the Phillies, receive the most prestigious broadcasting award in baseball. Ashburn is among the 42 candidates eligible to receive the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Beginning this week through Sept. 30, fans can help Ashburn's case by voting on the museum's Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/baseballhall )