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.
July 17, 2015 |
PHILLIES public address announcer Dan Baker has been belting out the names of the team's players since 1972, so it wasn't a surprise that when Garry Maddox was selected as one of the inductees in the 2015 class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame yesterday, Baker was on hand to call him onto stage for the announcement. "No. 31, Phillies centerfielder Garrrrrryyyy, Madddddoxxxx," Baker rang out to those in attendance, introducing and celebrating the career of Maddox, a defensive star in the outfield and an integral member of the Phillies' 1980 World Series championship team.
July 17, 2015
MY BAR TALK podcast partner, Glen Macnow, and I got to yapping about my suggestion of a couple of weeks ago for a Philly beer museum. The WIP sports talker came up with even better idea: A Beer Hall of Fame. To get things started, here are my nominees for the first class. You can vote for your favorites or add your own nominees at www.joesixpack.net . The Inventors * Louis Pasteur. In 1858, the French chemist discovered that heat kills the bacteria that turns beer sour.
July 16, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - Maybe it was too much anticipation about what was going to happen. In this city, Pete Rose is revered like nowhere else - even Philadelphia. One of the roads adjacent to Great American Ball Park is called Pete Rose Way. No matter Rose's status of exile from Major League Baseball, he can never be erased from Reds lore. So when Major League Baseball granted a one-night reprieve allowing the banned-from-baseball Rose to walk into a major league ballpark and have a minor role in last night's All-Star Game festivities, it was assumed the cheers from the sellout crowd would blow the roof off the stadium if it had one. Rose's greeting wasn't underwhelming but it was far from overwhelming.