July 28, 2013
For the first time since 1965, the Baseball Writers' Association of America will not have any living inductees in this weekend's Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y. - signaling that stars of the steroids era will be judged in a different light. Instead, the Hall will induct three baseball pioneers on Sunday: Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, who transformed a perennial also-ran into a powerhouse; umpire Hank O'Day, who called more than 4,000 games; and catcher James White, who a historian dubbed "the most admirable superstar of the 1870s.
July 26, 2013 |
FOUR AUTUMNS ago, two sports writers were weaving through a sea of people in a crowded South Philly sports complex. At the same time the Phillies were hosting the Yankees in the 2009 World Series at Citizens Bank Park, one of the world's most popular rock bands, Pearl Jam, was playing for 4 straight nights across the street at the Wachovia Spectrum. "I was staying out by the airport and Paul [Hagen] said he'd give me a ride out there . . . but it was a hike to get to the car," said longtime Toronto Sun sports writer Bob Elliott.
July 25, 2013 |
INSIDE THE smaller theater at Madison Square Garden about 5 years ago, shortly before a world title fight, Emile Griffith was introduced one more time to the crowd. He rose shakily from his seat, waved ever so briefly and then sat down. The applause kept going. Revered in retirement perhaps more than during his fighting days, Griffith died yesterday at 75 after a long battle with pugilistic dementia. The first fighter to be crowned world champion from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Griffith required full-time care late in life and died at an extended-care facility in Hempstead, N.Y. "Emile was a gifted athlete and truly a great boxer," Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy said.
July 13, 2013
Jim Foglesong, 90, a record label executive and music producer who helped launch Garth Brooks' career and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died in Nashville. Kristin Whittlesey, a spokeswoman at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where Mr. Foglesong had been a faculty member since 1991, said Mr. Foglesong died Tuesday morning. A statement from his family released through the Country Music Hall of Fame said Mr. Foglesong died at a hospital after a brief illness.
July 11, 2013 |
After being snubbed for about three decades, Fred Shero, who directed the Flyers to Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and 1975, was elected into hockey's Hall of Fame on Tuesday. "Long overdue," said Flyers scouting consultant Bill Barber, a former Philadelphia winger who is also a Hall of Famer. The induction ceremony will be Nov. 11 in Toronto. Right winger Brendan Shanahan and defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer were also selected, along with Canadian women's national team defenseman Geraldine Heaney.
July 10, 2013 |
WILL THIS be the year? The Hockey Hall of Fame's 18-member selection committee will meet today in Toronto to determine 2013's class, leaving many to wonder whether former Flyer Eric Lindros will be among the group. Lindros, 40, was in the Philadelphia area yesterday for the Flyers' annual alumni golf outing, where he was reunited with "Legion of Doom" linemates John LeClair and Mikael Renberg for the first time since 2000. Two defensemen eligible for the first time, Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer, are likely locks to be elected.
July 4, 2013
By Timothy Hallinan Soho Crime. 336 pp. $25 Reviewed by Bruce Desilva Junior Bender is a professional burglar, and he's very good at it. He's been breaking into houses and making off with valuables for a long time and has never been arrested. Along the way, though, he's also picked up a sideline, moonlighting as a private eye of sorts, whose clients are all fellow criminals; and in this line of work he's a magnet for trouble. In The Fame Thief , Timothy Hallinan's third novel in this series, Bender is scooped up by a couple of thugs and driven to the estate of Irwin Dressler, a 93-year-old mobster who's had a piece of just about everything that's happened in Hollywood for as long as anyone can remember.
June 26, 2013 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - An award-winning pop singer and a former president who may be best known as the namesake of a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike headline the state's Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Apollo 11 astronaut and inductee Buzz Aldrin was on hand when the 16-member class was announced Monday at a news conference at Liberty State Park. The new members will be formally inducted during an Oct. 21 ceremony at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. The new hall members are the singers Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick and Celia Cruz; the actors Alan Alda and Joe Piscopo; Super Bowl-winning New York Giants coach Bill Parcells; President Grover Cleveland; the Revolutionary War activist Thomas Paine; filmmaking pioneer Alice Guy Blache; the sculptor J. Seward Johnson Jr.; former Gov. Thomas H. Kean; makeup tycoon Bobbi Brown; inventor and radio and TV pioneer David Sarnoff; philanthropist Ray Chambers; track Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs; and world heavyweight boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott.
June 17, 2013 |
The three quarry holes at Merion Golf Club showed their bite all week during the U.S. Open, but nothing stood out on the weekend like the monstrous 18th hole. Playing at 511 yards in Sunday's final round, No. 18 did not yield a birdie after Phil Mickelson's putt in the twilight on Friday evening. Only 31 of the 73 players parred the hole on Sunday, and it was Justin Rose's par that gave him a needed cushion as he went into the clubhouse to watch Phil Mickelson finish. Needing birdie to tie Rose and force a playoff, Mickelson drove into the rough, came up about 30 yards short with his second shot, and saw his pitch miss the cup by about four inches as it sped to the back of the green.
June 9, 2013
Chattanooga coach Jim Foster said he appreciated how Saturday's induction ceremonies in Knoxville, Tenn., for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame brought together players and coaches from each of the schools where he had worked. "In no way did I ever think I'd have the opportunity to bring a lot of people from those circles together at one time where they can sort of meld together and spend time together," the former St. Joseph's coach said. "That opportunity's tonight. I couldn't be happier to be in Tennessee.