April 21, 2015 |
NEW YORK GIANTS offensive tackle Justin Pugh , originally of Bucks County, returned to the Keystone State this weekend to give some love back to his hometown. The 2013 NFL first-round draft pick, standing at 6 feet 4 inches and hailing from Holland, Pa., donned his best black tie for the Autism Cares Foundation's sixth annual Gala and Silent Auction. It was Saturday at the Spring Mill Manor, in Ivyland, about 25 miles north of Philadelphia. "I am fortunate life has been good to me, and I would like to give back to the Bucks County community that has always supported me," Pugh said.
March 16, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur had taken his final swing during pregame batting practice exactly at 10:30 Wednesday morning, and he was already jogging out to right field when Bright House Field opened to the public for the Phillies' 1 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Whenever the Phillies sling open the park's gates, a recorded greeting narrated by Harry Kalas welcomes fans, and Randy Newman's soaring overture from the film The Natural kicks on over the sound system.
February 26, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There's not a player or coach in Phillies camp, Ben Davis said, who does not think the team can be successful this season despite being widely predicted to finish last in the National League. "Baseball players are just built differently," said Davis, who is entering his first season as one of the team's broadcasters. The former second overall draft pick from Malvern Prep makes his broadcast debut March 3 when the Phillies host the New York Yankees in the Grapefruit League opener.
October 8, 2014 |
THE CONVERSATION wouldn't end. That's what the 10-year-old next to me was thinking. The mission to the local 7-Eleven had been a success, the Slurpee procured, but this endless conversation with this older, friendly face - this had not been anticipated. "You know that report you just did on Wilt Chamberlain?" I asked the boy, finally. "Remember that radio broadcast you found?" The kid nodded. "This is Bill Campbell," I said. "He was the announcer on that broadcast. " There are memories of your children that you will take to the grave.
October 8, 2014 |
WILT SCORED 100 against a dreadful Knicks team with 4,124 rattling around Hershey Sports Arena. Lots of them splattered onto the court before the game ended, knowing 100 had never been done before and might never be done again. Bill Campbell was the radio voice that night. "In to Chamberlain," he said. "He made it! He made it! He made it! A Dipper dunk! He made it! The fans are all over the floor. They've stopped the game! People are running out on the court. One-hundred points for Wilt Chamberlain.
October 6, 2014 |
DAVID MONTGOMERY remains on medical leave after battling cancer early in the 2014 season, the Phillies announced yesterday morning, rebutting a report that the team president and CEO had been "pushed out" by ownership. Montgomery is expected to resume his role atop the organization when his health enables him to do so. This isn't news - the team said the same thing when Montgomery, who had surgery for cancer in May, took a leave of absence Aug. 28. But the Phillies felt the need to reiterate Montgomery's status following a news report Thursday that the team president had been "pushed out. " Fox 29's Howard Eskin ended his station's 5 p.m. newscast by reporting that the medical leave had been a "convenient story" for the ownership to deal with Montgomery.
September 11, 2014 |
The broadcasting duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn is arguably the most popular in Philadelphia sports history. Now you can help the late Ashburn, a Hall of Fame player with the Phillies, receive the most prestigious broadcasting award in baseball. Ashburn is among the 42 candidates eligible to receive the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Beginning this week through Sept. 30, fans can help Ashburn's case by voting on the museum's Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/baseballhall )
July 3, 2014 |
JAYSON STARK is a gold digger. A throwback, '49er kind of gold digger. Totes an imaginary pickax into the craggy landscape of a baseball clubhouse, sifts what he pokes loose, sloshes it around in his sluicing pan until he hears something rattle, something solid, something unique and bright and shiny. "I am always looking for that nugget," he says proudly. Stark did 21 years of hard time here, covering baseball for the morning paper. Made the move to ESPN, the worldwide leader, in 2000.
April 15, 2014 |
A single rose decorated the broadcast booth named in honor of Harry Kalas at Citizens Bank Park. Sunday - a gorgeous, summerlike spring day - marked five years since Kalas' death, and you could almost hear his voice in the eighth inning when Chase Utley delivered a 4-3 Phillies victory over Miami. Kalas dubbed him The Man in 2006, and not much has changed, even after knee problems threatened the second baseman's career. Utley's solo homer in the eighth Sunday sealed a series sweep of the Marlins.
February 26, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It wasn't as important as the signing of A.J. Burnett or the news that Cole Hamels would be a little bit behind in this spring-training camp because of shoulder tendinitis. Make no mistake, however, people do care about who is going to be in the broadcast booth through the course of a 162-game baseball season. They care so much that the Phillies broadcast duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn became known simply as Harry and Whitey, legendary voices that had an impeccable rapport, a perfect sense of timing, and an even better sense of humor.