January 9, 2009 |
In the end, MSNBC host Chris Matthews said yesterday, he could not surrender the job he loves for a long slog through the trenches of Pennsylvania politics in an effort to unseat five-term Republican Sen. Arlen Specter. "There's a wonderful power in being able to get up in the morning and do and say what you believe," Matthews said in an interview. "As long as I'm decent and don't use bad words, I can do pretty much anything I want. " So on Wednesday, Matthews ended months of flirtation, telephoning Pennsylvania Democrats who had discussed a possible campaign with him to say he would not be running next year.
April 19, 1992 |
William Curzie has been smelling trampled grass, dirt and sweaty leather lately. He sees snappy uniforms, cleats, visored caps and airborne baseballs. He can hear the crack of bat hitting ball, and the grunt and ground-churning slide of a baserunner resound in his ears. The 57-year-old Delran resident calls it his "Field of Dreams thing. " Curzie, a former high school baseball player, has not gone so far as to build a ball field in his back yard. But early next month, he hopes to recapture some fond memories by organizing several adult hardball baseball teams and joining them with the national Men's Senior Baseball League for adults 30 years and older.
December 16, 1991 |
After losing leads of 13-9 and 17-14 in the first game, Tom Harrity recovered to win the 30-and-over hardball squash racquets championship yesterday in the eighth annual Racquet Club invitation tournaments. Harrity, the 1989 and 1990 Philadelphia champion, beat Rob Dinerman of New York, 17-18, 15-10, 15-8, 15-9. Ed Noll, Racquet Club pro, and John Hazlett rallied from two games down to win the 40-and-over doubles title. Bowdoin College swimming coach Charles Butts won the 60-and-over title.
September 21, 1989 |
Two new shows, two public servants, two hunks: Tonight, William Katt stars as an idealistic congressman in Top of the Hill (Channel 10, 9 p.m.) and Richard Tyson stars as an eccentric policeman in Hardball (Channel 3, 9:30 p.m.) Katt is something of a fading hunk - lingering on the outskirts of film and TV stardom for nearly two decades, his greatest success came as the star of the '70s superhero spoof The Greatest American Hero. Now Katt is back in a role that suits him - he plays Tom Bell, a fledgling congressman who until now has wasted his life as a surfer.
August 25, 1994 |
If we build it, Phyllis Walton figured, they will come. "It" would be a serious women's baseball team. "They" would be women who longed for the chance to feel the smack of hardball against bat, women who longed to run bases, slide into home, and catch soaring fly balls. They would be women like Claudine Deaver, 24; Melissa Gibbons, 15; and Mary Kenney, 42. Deaver, who made the Little League all-stars but never got drafted into the next level of play. Gibbons, who tried out for her high school baseball team but got cut, she believes, because she's a girl.
February 25, 2000 |
The last of the true believers are gathering again this weekend - another year older and with little hope that the game they love won't disappear when they do. The national hardball squash championships begin tonight at Merion Cricket Club. A decade ago, before hardball was overtaken in this country by the more widely accepted international version of the game - with its softer ball and wider court - the national championships would have drawn 200 to 300 entrants. This year's tournament includes 70 registered players - a number that dwindles with each passing season.
December 12, 2006
TO CLEAR up overcrowded prisons as well as violence, bring back the death penalty or, better yet, start using it again! Once these thugs start seeing that the judicial system is truly starting to play hardball, you'll start seeing a change. Just don't let the self-righteous start throwing their weight around. They've done that and look what's become of our city. Brian Chandlee, Philadelphia
August 2, 1998 |
There are people who are born to be on television, people whose voices are so mellifluous, whose demeanor is so trust-inspiring, whose every gesture is so perfectly modulated and every utterance so well-plotted and restrained that they belong only in climate-controlled studios with the cameras rolling. Chris Matthews is not one of those people. The Philadelphia native, a onetime spin doctor and speechwriter turned newspaper columnist, author, and host of CNBC's nightly political slugfest, Hardball, seems to have only one expression - the doggedly tenacious, slightly skeptical look of a bulldog with a particularly odoriferous sock trapped in his powerful jaws.
March 22, 1997 |
The Philadelphia Cricket Club amateur pair of Keen Butcher and Rich Sheppard gained a place in the main draw of the $10,000 Elite Squash Doubles Championship by rallying to upset Canadian pros Alan Grant and Doug Whitaker last night at the Cynwyd Club. Butcher, the U.S. hardball squash champion, and Sheppard were two points from defeat in the third game after losing the first two games. They tied the game at 13-all and then won a five-point playoff. They played strongly to win the next two games and take the match, 11-15, 9-15, 18-15, 15-7, 15-9.
February 12, 2014 |
I NQUIRER columnist, former Daily News contributor and radio host Michael Smerconish will join CNN for a new weekly show that will air Saturday mornings. His target to start is the middle of next month. Smerconish will continue to host his Sirius XM show and write his weekly Inquirer piece. Smerconish told me he didn't know what the show would look like yet so he couldn't give further details. "I know I'll be hosting the program, it'll be topical, it'll be current-event driven and I'll deliver a short commentary at the end of it," he said.