February 14, 1987
The subject of grass versus artificial turf has been with us ever since Houston Astros owner Judge Roy Hofheinz spread a plastic rug across the Astrodome back in 1966 because real grass died in the enclosed stadium. The issue has elicited a wide variety of responses. When Tug McGraw, the famous Phillies relief pitcher and savant, was asked whether he preferred grass or Astroturf, he supposedly replied that he didn't know - he'd never smoked Astroturf. In any event, the issue is with us again - or should be - since the city's capital budget for the coming fiscal year includes a tidy $2.1 million for the replacement of the artificial turf at Veterans Stadium.
July 15, 1994 |
The Bermuda grass installed on the surface at Giants Stadium for the World Cup went on sale yesterday. The grass is selling for $20 a square foot and there were takers willing to reach into their pockets for a section of it. The first customer showed up at 6 a.m., World Cup grass expert Don Lockerbie said. "It was an Italian gentleman and he had a plane to catch," Lockerbie said. "But he said he had to have a piece of the grass that Roberto Baggio scored goals to get Italy to the World Cup final.
July 1, 1990 |
An hour before the first match of the tournament is played, there is no more beautiful sight than Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. The grass is fresh and springy. When the clean British breeze kicks up, the smell is of summer, sweet and healthy. This, you think, is the way tennis is supposed to be played. But the first heavy step defending champion Boris Becker takes on Centre Court leaves a heavy impression on the baseline. The second tears up a piece of the carefully groomed turf.
August 16, 2005
WATCHING the T.O. workout in front of his home on television Wednesday, I have come to one conclusion. T.O. is definitely underpaid by the Eagles. Just take a good look at the deplorable state of the grass in front of his beautiful home. This poor man is spending all his money to take care of his family, and obviously does not have enough left over to bring in Lawn Doctor. The Eagles should be ashamed. Maybe someone should hold a fund-raiser. Glenn Stankovics Upper Providence
October 25, 1986
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Philadelphia for the first time. I picked up the paper and read some letters complaining about the SEPTA trains. Well, if these people rode the New York subways for a week, they would never again complain about the Philadelphia transit system. I rode the PATCO line and the Broad Street line, and I found the trains to be clean, comfortable, quiet and safe. To sum it up, I was very impressed. To the people of Philadelphia: Take a trip to New York, ride the trains and buses, and you'll appreciate SEPTA a lot more.
August 30, 2005 |
'SOUTH PHILLY with grass" is our witty local description of New Jersey. Actually, it's a pretty good description of suburbs in general. My variation is that the suburbs are grass farms. The American appetite for grass farming has always amazed me. With only 6 percent of the world's population, we account for 70 percent of the world's small-scale grass farmers. (Note to political hacks searching my columns for errors: I'm making it up!) For 50 years, grass farming has been the single largest difference between cities and suburbs.
May 17, 1991 |
The clock is ticking on Philadelphia's World Cup bid. If the city is to host some first-round games in the 1994 soccer tournament, it must prove to World Cup organizers by this fall that grass can be grown over artificial turf. The latest grass-at-the-Vet plan, announced yesterday by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, is to temporarily lay narrow strips of sod - 65,000 square feet worth - over the turf. World Cup USA 1994 has said it will select the eight to 12 World Cup sites from 31 applicants in December, and local organizers need to prove that soccer can be played on temporary grass by then.
August 20, 1993 |
For decades, a seamless, rolling expanse of green lawn has been the quintessential symbol of American suburban life. In the ideal, the grass is as pure as possible, mowed to an even two inches high, and free of dandelions and other insidious intruders. It speaks of quiet, comfortable economic status. Neighbors who properly guard property values. Properly tamed children. Leave It to Beaver social norms. But grass is under attack. Spreading, impressive lawns are increasingly getting a bad name in environmental circles as a wasteful use of water and land.
April 12, 1996 |
The Phillies infielders were out at Busch Stadium early yesterday afternoon, taking grounders on the new grass-and-dirt surface that replaced the artificial turf that had been the surface since 1970. The conversion leaves the National League with five carpets: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Houston, Montreal. Manager Jim Fregosi predicts none will remain in five years; he didn't say it, but, obviously, that would require the indoor Astros and Expos to relocate. "I don't think there's any question down the line, and it's not going to be too far off, where there will not be an artificial turf left in the league," he said.
September 6, 1988 |
Gene Scott of New York City retained the U.S. 50-and-over title, and John Powless of Madison, Wis., kept his 55-and-over crown yesterday in the windup of the week-long National Senior Grass Court Tennis Championships at the Germantown Cricket Club. The two finals were shifted to the grass courts of the Philadelphia Cricket Club after the turf at Germantown Cricket Club was declared unplayable in the wake of Sunday's rain. Scott, a former Davis Cup player and the top seed, scored a 7-6 (7-5)