April 10, 2009
Re Stan Hochman's piece, "Snider-Wolman Feud": I'd like to comment as I know Jerry Wolman better than most people. I've worked for Jerry for more than 20 years and can assure you that he's not a bitter man, nor does he hold grudges. His only comment over the years about Mr. Snider was, "He is not worth talking about. " Jerry is a kind and compassionate person. He has an interest in everyone, from the janitor in our building to the president of the U.S. Jerry makes everyone feel loved.
August 8, 2013 |
NEARLY 50 YEARS ago, Jerry Wolman did not actually own everything in Philadelphia sports - it just seemed that way. Wolman owned the Eagles, which he bought in 1963 for the fabulous sum of $5,505,000. He owned Connie Mack Stadium, where the Phillies played their games. He part-owned the Flyers and the Spectrum along with Ed Snider. It was an unprecedented empire in Philadelphia sports. The irony, of course, is that the empire was eclipsed decades later by the one built by Snider, the former protégé and partner whom Wolman blamed for failing to help rescue him during the financial crisis that cost him both teams.
December 11, 1998 |
There was a time in Philadelphia when the name Jerry Wolman was as familiar to Eagles fans as the name Jeff Lurie is now. In fact, the similarities go way beyond their being household names in the city. Like Lurie, when Wolman first bought the team he promised the sun, the moon and a championship, but soon found himself the steward of a horrible football team not unlike the one Lurie now has. And, by the time the name Jerry Wolman was traded in for the name Leonard Tose on the head desk in the Eagles' front office, he was about as popular an owner as Lurie is now. When Wolman sold the Eagles to Tose in 1969 and eventually returned to his home in a Washington suburb, he quietly began rebuilding his fortune while his name faded into obscurity on the city's sports scene.
June 25, 2010 |
Though time and a bitter feud have obscured his significant role in the sporting history of a city where he nearly lost his fortune and reputation, Jerry Wolman was back at the center of Philadelphia power Thursday. The onetime Eagles owner and Spectrum developer launched his biography, Jerry Wolman: The World's Richest Man , cowritten by Richard and Joseph Bockol, at an afternoon reception in City Hall. Wolman, 83, wrote the book now, he said, because as his grandchildren grew older they grew more curious about his life.
March 4, 1988 |
Marie Conway Salvey, a well known Eagles fan from Upper Darby, died Wednesday at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima, Delaware County. She was 92. In the mid-1960s, Jerry Wolman, then owner of the Eagles, named Salvey the team's No. 1 fan, said Salvey's son, Charles. Wolman himself took Salvey to Los Angeles to see an Eagles-Rams game, then to Dallas to see the Eagles play the Cowboys, her son said. "She never missed a game," he said. "I knew her life was coming to an end when she decided she wasn't interested in watching the Super Bowl on TV in January.
October 19, 1989 |
When Ed Snider as a young boy peddled vegetables at his father's grocery store, he showed hustle. When two decades ago he assumed full control of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Spectrum from his one-time mentor and boss, Jerry Wolman, igniting a fiery dispute between them that persists to this day, he showed hustle. And that hustle is as strong as ever, now that his company is moving into high gear, building premier sports and entertainment palaces. Spectacor's success has its roots in a Washington, D.C., corner grocery store once owned by Ed Snider's late father, Sol. On Saturday afternoons he sold wilting vegetables unlikely to survive until Monday.
March 4, 1994 |
All afternoon, all evening, the calls poured in. From Ed in the Northeast, Chuck in Roxborough, Karen in Cherry Hill, Joe in South Philly. They all said the same thing. They were Eagles fans and they felt liberated. Norman Braman, it was reported, was negotiating a sale of the Eagles to Jeff Lurie, a Hollywood producer, for the hefty sum of $196 million. Lurie has no ties to the area, he has no background in sports, he is a Hollywood wheeler-dealer. He is the kind of guy who would, in most cases, be viewed suspiciously by blue-collar Philadelphia.
October 5, 2004 |
Nick Skorich, who took over as head coach of the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles in 1961 and came within a roughing-the-punter penalty of leading the team back to the title game, died Saturday at Presbyterian Hospital, apparently of an infection after recent heart-valve surgery. He was 83 and lived in Mansfield Township, Burlington County. "He was one of the best," recalled former Eagles cornerback Tom Brookshier, who suffered a career-ending broken leg during Mr. Skorich's first season as head coach.
March 17, 2009
IN PHILADELPHIA, Ed Snider tells people that the Spectrum is his "baby" and that he will be heartsick when they implode it before the end of the year. In Potomac, Md., Jerry Wolman gnashes his teeth and snarls, "Ed Snider didn't put a dime into the Spectrum. " Whose fingerprints are on the blueprints? Whose DNA is in the design? Can we put the Spectrum on the Maury Povich show and have him yelp at the doomed 41-year-old arena, "Who's your daddy?" Wolman says he borrowed the money to build the Spectrum, picked the architects, hired the construction company that brought the project in ahead of schedule and under budget.
April 7, 1994 |
Six p.m. was approaching, Leonard Tose was looking forward to his regular evening Scotch, and the call-waiting device on his telephone, in his house in Villanova, was clicking away madly. To Tose, it was music. "Everyone wants to know what I think," said Tose, the former owner of the Eagles, now twice removed. This is what Tose thinks: The pending sale of the Eagles to movie producer Jeffrey Lurie from car mogul Norman Braman for $185 million is potentially excellent news for local football fans, and in that group he includes himself.