September 9, 2015 |
It sounds like one of those uplifting sports movies Hollywood loves, those whose stirring sound tracks are designed to mask cornball plots and historical inaccuracies: In the early 1960s, when African Americans were rare on Catholic League and Big Five basketball rosters and the Civil Rights Act remained a dream, the players on an all-white, Catholic grade-school team in Delaware County asked a young, black Villanova graduate to be their coach....
September 2, 2015 |
THIS JUST IN from the "All Trump, All the Time" news desk . . . Donald Trump is one of 12 notables who will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame at its 46th annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies on Nov. 12 in Garfield, N.J. But before you rush out and buy a ticket (they're $85) in the hope of hearing the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination announce a comprehensive plan to deport illegal immigrant boxers or to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep any more from slipping into this country, be advised that it is a longshot that he shows up to accept the mini-championship belt on a plaque that goes to honorees.
August 27, 2015 |
CURT SCHILLING has never been afraid to let people know what he's thinking. Whether it's wearing a towel over his head while Wild Thing botched another save, or outing trolls making nasty tweets about his college-bound daughter, Schill gets his point across. Yesterday, he went strikingly too far. The former Phillies and Red Sox ace posted a tweet on his Twitter account @gehrig38 that included a graphic of Adolf Hitler making an arm-extended Nazi salute. The pic was accompanied by text that read "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists.
August 12, 2015 |
SOME in the local music scene are crying about an injustice. The Daily News has learned that several Philly euphonious greats have failed to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to ignorance of rock's roots. George Pettignano , who heads up efforts for the proposed Philadelphia Music Museum & Hall of Fame, has confirmed for our very own Chuck Darrow that several local artists - especially pre- Beatles types, like Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell - have been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
August 2, 2015 |
Pat Burrell arrived in Philadelphia 15 years ago. He was a 22-year-old rookie. A kid who did not know what to expect, Burrell said. A leader of the 2008 World Series championship squad, Burrell said he and the city had their ups and downs through his nine-year tenure. "But the only thing that matters to me is the way it ended," Burrell said. "I was on the back of some Clydesdales riding down Broad Street. " Burrell was back in town on Friday night, sans the Clydesdales. He was added to the Phillies wall of fame, the first member of the 2008 squad to receive the honor.
July 31, 2015 |
AS PAT BURRELL walked to the stage, Phillies fans of all ages showered him with a healthy mix of cheers and applause. His reception at yesterday's Phillies Alumni Luncheon paralleled the support he enjoyed throughout a nine-year career in Philadelphia, where he became a fan favorite and a 2008 World Series champion, before finishing his career in 2011 after quick stints with the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants. Burrell, who was drafted out of Miami with the first overall pick in 1998, was selected as a Phillies Wall of Famer through fan voting on Phillies.com.
July 27, 2015 |
The world met Caitlyn Jenner as a glamour girl, posed in pinup style, shot by the most famous of celebrity photographers, and displayed across the cover of Vanity Fair. Earlier this month, we saw her on a pedestal, accepting an ESPY, clad in a gorgeous Versace Atelier gown. She shares a stylist with Angelina Jolie. Now the television world will get intimate with Caitlyn as she sits in bed at 4:32 in the morning and freaks out. Gone is the corseted bathing suit, the soft lighting, and the professional makeup of the magazine cover.
July 25, 2015 |
More than a century ago, a Doylestown man crossed the globe and became the first person to walk the entire Great Wall of China. This week, crews from Chinese television embarked on a reverse journey. They brought their cameras to William Edgar Geil's childhood home and the 30-room estate where he once lived, flipped through thousands of his photographs, and filmed the cemetery where he is buried. Their six-part documentary will detail the nearly 3,000-year history of the wall.
July 18, 2015 |
Not long before eight-time Gold Glove Award winner Garry Maddox retired from baseball in 1986, the former Phillies centerfielder had planned on returning to his hometown of Los Angeles. It never happened that way. Maddox, 65, has never left the Philadelphia area since his career ended. Instead, he has set up a number of successful businesses here and has remained involved in the community. On Thursday, Maddox was introduced as one of 15 new inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.