April 20, 1989 |
Though Jesse Jackson has amazed me many times with his oratorical skills, his speech Monday night in accepting the Robie Humanitarian Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation at its annual banquet in New York City was special. In it Jackson referred to the late Sugar Ray Robinson as the "last of the four horsemen. " The "four horsemen" of my father's generation, of course, were the members of the 1924 Notre Dame football team's backfield: Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher.
May 1, 1988 |
He was at this year's Penn Relays as he had been at so many before, once as a world-class sprinter and jumper. Now he is the chief official of the long- jump and triple-jump competitions, and at age 73, he says he wants to start working out again. Eulace Peacock never quits. For the former Temple runner, who has his portrait hanging in McGonigle Hall as a charter member of the university's Hall of Fame, the Penn Relays are something that cannot be forgotten, not so much for the eight medals he won there but for the greatest disappointment of an otherwise brilliant career.
April 22, 2012 |
All right, mind that next step now. Easy. We're going over to the northeast corner, the lower deck. It's the primo vantage spot. Woooooo! There it is again. Hear it? Wooooooo! Like some lonesome lovesick coyote trolling in the prairie night for a partner. Woooooooo! But no, these are human voices, a wailing chorus coming from those crooners in the home stretch here at Franklin Field, the ones who worship speed, the faithful who make the pilgrimage to Philadelphia in the shank of every April, drawn by that revered rite of spring, the Penn Relays.
April 26, 2011 |
Just a few blocks from the 13-year-old Franklin Field, where the young black man with the long stride had become one of Philadelphia's best-known athletes, a great crowd gathered outside his parents' house at 3323 Woodland Ave. Later on that chilled December day in 1908, a long procession of horse-drawn carriages and a few motor cars headed west to Collingdale's Eden Cemetery, where John Baxter Taylor was mourned thoroughly, eulogized grandly, and...
February 27, 1991 |
Icabod Flewellen's East Cleveland house is a maze of ordinary cartons and cabinets overflowing with extraordinary treasures - rare photographs of Jesse Owens and Josephine Baker, first edition books by such black writers as Zora Neale Hurston, reams of documents and clippings about the accomplishments of black people. Two back rooms in the Rev. DeGrandval Burke's Charlotte, N.C., home hold what amounts to the only complete pictorial and written account of the city's historic black neighborhood, destroyed during urban renewal of the 1960s.
April 22, 1987 |
The Tuppeny boys walked, lunch bags in hand, from their home in Sharon Hill, hopped the No. 11 trolley and didn't budge until it squeaked to a stop outside the old Horn & Hardart's cafeteria at 40th Street. The seven-block walk to Franklin Field seemed like seven baby steps that morning in 1935. Jimmy Tuppeny, age 9, was heading to his first Penn Relays. "The first thing I remember seeing was a guy throwing the hammer," Tuppeny said. "We were walking to Franklin Field, and there they were on the other side of the fence.
April 22, 1987 |
The Tuppeny boys walked, lunch bags in hand, from their home in Sharon Hill, hopped the No. 11 trolley, and didn't budge until it squeaked to a stop outside the old Horn & Hardart's cafeteria at 40th Street. The seven-block walk to Franklin Field seemed like seven baby steps that morning in 1935. Jimmy Tuppeny, age 9, was heading to his first Penn Relays. "The first thing I remember seeing was a guy throwing the hammer," Tuppeny said. "We were walking to Franklin Field, and there they were on the other side of the fence.
February 15, 1990 |
At a reception prior to the 10th annual Jesse Owens International Trophy Award banquet last week at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, I marveled as I watched and listened to the light banter among the several hundred invited guests. The room was filled with some of the world's most famous athletes who came to pay tribute to this year's winner of the Owens award, given since 1981 to the amateur athlete who most exemplifies the qualities exhibited by Jesse Owens during his lifetime.
May 7, 1989 |
Next Sunday represents the first step in what could lead to an all- expenses-paid trip to California. Of course, there are a few requirements that need to be met first. You must have some track ability. And - here's where it gets tricky - you must be between the ages of 7 and 14. If you meet those criteria, or know someone that does, then show up at 1 p.m. Sunday at Chichester High School. The event is one of several local track meets being held in the Philadelphia area as part of the 25th anniversary of the Jesse Owens Games, sponsored by Arco Chemical Co. The winners of the local meets will then move on to a regional meet July 7 at Franklin Field.
January 19, 2000 |
Lance Armstrong, who overcame testicular cancer and captured the Tour de France last year, won the 2000 Jesse Owens International Trophy Award. In balloting by an international panel, Armstrong received 90 votes, the International Amateur Athletic Association announced yesterday. Maurice Greene, who set the world 100-meter record and won three gold medals at the World Track and Field Championships last year, was second with 59 votes. Third with 55 votes was Morocco's Hicham el Guerrouj, who set the world mile record in 1999.