November 14, 2014 |
Four decades after their last basketball game, Theresa Grentz and her Immaculata teammates were back in the spotlight Thursday night, posing for pictures, shaking hands, and smiling a lot before their induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. "It's amazing, and it's so nice that all these people still want to remember us," the 62-year-old Grentz said at the reception that preceded the Hall's annual Sheraton Society Hill banquet. First, there was the 2009 film, The Mighty Macs , about their improbable run of three national championships.
November 13, 2014 |
I always thought it ironic that Frank Dolson had so much trouble standing still. For someone whose impressive body of work was a constant plea for the world to stop, he seldom was able to do so. He swayed as he talked, bounced nervously on his toes like a boxer, always seemed to be running off to greet an old friend or meet a new one. Dolson's long career as an Inquirer columnist spanned several revolutions - in newspapers, in cultural attitudes,...
November 8, 2014 |
When former Temple great Paul Palmer visited Temple before he enrolled their as a freshman in 1983, no one knew much about him. He had no Division I offers. In fact, according to Palmer, even the Division II schools that he had spoken with had only shown marginal interest in the 5-foot-9, 165-pound-pound running back with the questionable grades from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. "When I got to Temple's campus I didn't have anything in terms of offers," Palmer, now 50, said.
November 6, 2014 |
A few years ago, Tiffany Beveridge was contemplating whether she wanted to have a third child. Instead, she gave birth to a Pinterest board. Titled "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter," the page on the visual social-networking site was a place where the Landenberg resident and mother of two boys, ages 11 and 16, could simultaneously indulge her longing for gorgeous girls' fashions and lampoon the culture the kiddy-couture images encapsulated....
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?