January 3, 1986 |
A former South Jersey high school baseball star was critically wounded Wednesday when he was shot in the head by another man inside a Cherry Hill residence, authorities said yesterday. Thomas Heinkel, 19, a Villanova University freshman, was shot about 9 a.m. with a .22-caliber rifle at a residence on West Point Drive, Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell said. Heinkel was being kept alive on a respirator last night at West Jersey Hospital, Eastern Division, in Voorhees Township, a spokeswoman said.
April 3, 2014 |
CLINTON HICKSON had no idea where the car was headed; nor did he realize the direction the journey would ultimately guide his life. The Martin Luther King High senior was 10 back then, sitting shotgun in his grandfather's car, when they pulled up to the Mount Airy Playground on Germantown and Sedgwick. Linwood Vaughters, Hickson's grandfather, emerged from the car, baseball glove in hand and a simple explanation on his lips. "My granddad just drove me up and was, like,'You have practice today,' Hickson recalled yesterday on the field behind Simons Community Recreation Center.
April 23, 1990 |
It's not as rare as a lunar eclipse. Maybe not worth a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. But a 1-0 game is fairly unusual in high school baseball. "You really don't see very many, do you?" asked Pennsbury coach Vic Napolitano, following the Falcons' shutout of Bensalem last Thursday. "It turned into a pretty good game. "The pitching was outstanding. There were blown opportunities, but what the hell. " It had a few elements you seldom find in high school baseball: good pitching, good defense plus a timely, late-inning, game-winning hit. It also had a few elements you almost always find in high school baseball: poor hitting, poor fielding, runners left to die on the basepaths.
January 22, 2006 |
More than 300 Skip Wilson fans - family, friends and ex-players - were in Horsham Friday night to honor the man who spent 46 years as Temple baseball coach before deciding in August to call it a career. "The impression he made on me was that there was more to life than baseball," said former Phillies general manager Ed Wade, who was master of ceremonies. "That you had to prepare yourself for life after school, and to be dedicated to whatever you decided to do. " Big-leaguer Bobby Higginson and former major-leaguers Jeff Manto and John Marzano also attended.
July 2, 1992 |
Andrew Whitman was tired of getting a bunch of friends together to chase down fly balls whenever he wanted to take batting practice. There had to be an easier way. Now there is. A batting cage. For the last few months, Andrew, 12, has been able to whack away in a chain-link enclosure all by himself, hitting pitches fired at him by a pitching machine. He no longer has to chase after his hits or get his buddies to do it. Since late spring, Andrew has been a faithful visitor to the new Lenola Fields batting cages in Moorestown.
August 1, 2013 |
DONALD HOOTEN is in a war against steroids. His son, Taylor, played high school baseball in Plano, Texas. In 2003, he was withdrawing from steroids when he hung himself. He was 17. In 2005, Hooten appeared before congressional hearings that featured the likes of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. He told his son's story. Congress, he said, listened attentively. And then? "They did nothing," Hooten told the Daily News last night. "We find ourselves 8 years later, and MLB is now No. 1 in youth education on performance-enhancing drugs and we can't get anything out of our federal government.
April 3, 2016 |
As do many South Jersey high school baseball coaches, Holy Cross' Steve Paolini has mixed feelings about the value of analytics at the scholastic level. "Yes and no," Paolini says, in concise and seemingly contradictory explanation of his use of advanced statistics to evaluate players, analyze game situations and develop strategies. That answer sums up the state of analytics in high school baseball, although almost everyone associated with the sport agrees that the increased emphasis on gathering and interpreting detailed information in professional baseball has begun to trickle down to the collegiate, scholastic and youth levels.
June 22, 1987 |
Frankford High baseball coach Dick Connolly thinks high school baseball talent from the tri-state area gets a bad rap. For every Mike Scioscia (Springfield-Delco, the Los Angeles Dodgers) and Jeffrey Leonard (Overbrook, the San Francisco Giants), Connolly says there are other area kids who might have the talent but never get the chance to play in college or professionally. That feeling, in a roundabout way, had a lot to do with the founding of the 12-team Carpenter Cup Classic all-star high school baseball tournament that began this morning and runs through Sunday at Veterans Stadium.
June 20, 2012 |
Max Mason, 59, of Wynnewood, has a romantic view of baseball. His love extends far beyond players, and depends little on wins and losses. He is a painter, and sees baseball as a world of lines and planes, color and light, art and architecture. He can rhapsodize about the foul pole. His oil paintings hang in offices all through Citizens Bank Park, with three outdoor murals in Harry the K's restaurant. "One day I was painting during construction," he said. "There was this huge yellow thing that came in. They were putting in the foul pole.
August 6, 1988 |
Andy McNab's high school baseball career in Canada was so abbreviated, he missed it without even blinking. One. That's how many games were played by St. Mary's High in Hamilton, Ontario, from which McNab graduated last spring and to which he'll return this fall. "There is no high school baseball in Canada, but a year ago (11th grade), my school decided to try it," McNab said. "It didn't go over too well. I guess not enough kids play the game. "Oh, yeah. I was interested, and went out for the team.