September 6, 2012 |
OK, so Phillies fans have had to endure a long, tough summer, one in which their expectations turned out to be as inflated as the bullpen ERA. The sellout streak ended. So too, almost certainly, will the postseason streak. Two of the team's aces - Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay - never got going. And on a few now notorious occasions, neither did Jimmy Rollins, who gave new meaning to baseball's "dog" days. There was little relief from the misery. Nothing but misery from the relief corps.
October 13, 1988 |
The greening of the New York Yankees is well under way. Manager Dallas Green will meet at the summit in Tampa today with owner George Steinbrenner and other front-office officials. More hirings are expected from the ranks of Green's franchise in exile. Charlie Fox, the Chicago Cubs' special assignment scout and special adviser to general manager Jim Frey, has agreed to serve as Green's bench coach, the Daily News has learned from sources. Yankees general manager Bob Quinn has asked for and received permission from Frey to negotiate with Cubs special-assignment scout Hugh Alexander, a power behind the Phillies' throne who resigned after losing a 1986 power struggled with deposed farm director Jim Baumer.
September 10, 1987 |
If you've been ignoring the U.S. Open for the last nine days, waiting for all the Amos Mandorfs and Helen Kelesis to clear out and make the event more manageable, this is your wakeup call. The Open lurched into its final four days today minus Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Hana Mandlikova, Pat Cash . . . Come to think of it, maybe you shouldn't have waited so long. But when you do tune in this evening, you'll see highlights from two men's quarterfinals: second-seeded Stefan Edberg, of Sweden, vs. unseeded Ramesh Krishnan, of India, and third-seeded Mats Wilander, of Sweden, vs. fifth- seeded Miloslav Mecir, of Yugoslavia.
September 9, 1987 |
The Chicago Cubs yesterday named former Phillies manager Frank Lucchesi manager for the balance of the season, one day after Gene Michael resigned "for the good of everybody. " Michael quit Monday and Cubs general manager Dallas Green accepted the resignation yesterday. Michael expected to be fired after the season, his first complete year as Cubs manager. He has argued all season with Green about strategy and trades. Lucchesi, 59, managed the Phillies from the start of the 1970 season to July 1972.
October 9, 1988 |
Remember when Dallas Green went to Chicago and the Cubs became known as "Phillies West"? Well, the big guy is now employed in New York and the Yankees may soon become "Phillies North. " Before accepting the job as Yankees manager, Green asked for - and received - permission to name his own coaching staff. "That was the key," he said yesterday morning over the long-distance phone. "They kept wanting to hang on to a couple of guys. I told them this was the first time they've gone outside the organization for a manager (under George Steinbrenner)
November 21, 1987 |
Second-seeded Martina Navratilova was upset by sixth-seeded Gabriela Sabatini last night in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims tennis championships in New York. The 17-year-old Argentinian beat Navratilova, 6-4, 7-5, before a stunned crowd of 13,854 at Madison Square Garden. "I knew I could win this match," Sabatini said. "Today everything worked perfectly. " Sabatini had only beaten Navratilova once before in eight matches - in the semis of the 1987 Italian Open.
February 26, 2004 |
Pasquale "Pete" Cera, 86, the beloved Phillies clubhouse assistant who one manager said "should be remembered in Philadelphia as the greatest guy in baseball history," died Tuesday at Hazleton (Pa.) General Hospital. To many, Mr. Cera was the Phillies. From 1974 until he retired in 1998, he was a trainer, traveling secretary, clubhouse man, manager's helper, players' friend - and a combination mother, father and favorite uncle. And for 36 years before coming to the majors, he was was a hero to hundreds of ballplayers in the minors, primarily with Phillies farm teams.
June 19, 1987 |
Frank Lucchesi remembers Lee Elia as a winner. At three different levels of the Phillies' farm sysem - Williamsport, Chattanooga and Little Rock - Elia played infield for Lucchesi. "We won a pennant each year," Lucchesi, now the Cubs' eye-in-the-sky scout, said yesterday. Some remember Elia as a better manager for the Chicago Cubs, his only previous major league try before being named the Phillies' new skipper yesterday, than his 127-158 record would indicate. "He's a great coach," said the astute Greg Gross.
September 17, 1987 |
On this historic day when our fair city lurches into a display of patriotic fervor, let us pause and wonder why our Founding Fathers 200 years ago didn't write into the Constitution something about baseball games in September between teams going nowhere. With nothing more on the line than the questionable honor of finishing in fourth place, the Phillies and Cubs collided last night at Veterans Stadium and produced the mess you sort of expected they'd unfurl. But it at least had a bizarre twist.
October 30, 1987 |
Dallas Green resigned yesterday as president and general manager of the Chicago Cubs, who this season finished last, 18 1/2 games out of first place, in the National League East. Green, 53, made the surprising announcement during a hastily called afternoon news conference at Wrigley Field. He joined the club six years ago as general manager after spending most of his career as a player, manager and front-office official with the Phillies. Green was in his third year as president of the Cubs, who took the NL East title in 1984, the team's first championship of any kind since 1945.