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June 19, 1986 | By TOM SHALES, Special to the Daily News
America has had many voices, and for a time one of the loudest was Kate Smith's. It was a big, warm, all-embracing voice, and it sang us sentimental songs, and heartbreak songs, and picker-uppers, and at least one invocation: "God Bless America. " The voice was effectively stilled long before Kate Smith's death Tuesday, at 79, in Raleigh, N.C., of respiratory arrest, following years of illness. And yet Kate Smith's long career in records, radio and television was one marked by repeated comebacks after tragic setbacks.
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June 6, 1987 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Smith, whose rendition of "God Bless America" looms so large in Flyers lore, will soon stand larger than life outside the Spectrum. The Flyers said yesterday that an eight-foot bronze statue of the late singer would be erected at the arena. The statue, by New York sculptor Marc Mellon, is expected to be unveiled this fall. Smith died last June 17. "Kate Smith was a great, great lady," said Flyers president Jay Snider. "She was an inspiration not only to the Flyers but to our entire country.
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June 22, 1986 | By Tom Fox, Inquirer Editorial Board
On a lovely May day almost a dozen years ago, Philadelphians, young and old, went out of their heads celebrating the Stanley Cup win by the Flyers. There was a parade up South Broad Street, ending on Independence Mall. The asphalt was lined with people, smiling, screaming, shouting, cheering, sign- waving people, people overwhelmed by the joy of the day. I never had seen Philadelphia so deliriously happy, but, of course, this was years before Tug McGraw and the Phillies won the World Series and almost a decade before Dr. J. and Moses Malone brought home the NBA title.
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October 9, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / CLEM MURRAY
Kate Smith's "God Bless America" has been the Flyers' good-luck charm since 1969, and the Flyers yesterday dedicated an eight-foot statue of the singer outside the Spectrum. The Flyers first played Miss Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" before a game in 1969. They won that night, and have compiled a record of 58-9-3 (including last night's tie) in games before which the song has been played. Miss Smith, who died last year, appeared in person at the Spectrum four times to sing the Irving Berlin song that she made famous during the Depression.
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June 18, 1986 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer (Sports writer Jay Greenberg and the Associated Press contributed to this report.)
It was one of the strangest love affairs in history: Kate Smith and the Broad Street Bullies. A singer whose belt-'em-out style had faded from popularity after the '40s and World War II patriotism, and a team of upstart bruisers that shocked professional ice hockey in the 1970s by winning two Stanley Cups in a row, were an odd couple. Her lush contralto voice boomed the rousing old song, "God Bless America," over the Spectrum ice and the Philadelphia Flyers skated off to unlikely National Hockey League championships in 1974 and 1975.
NEWS
June 18, 1986 | By Tom Torok, Inquirer Staff Writer (Inquirer wire services also contributed to this article.)
Kate Smith, whose rousing rendition of "God Bless America" inspired the patriotism of a nation and helped boost the Philadelphia Flyers to two Stanley Cup championships, died yesterday of respiratory arrest in Raleigh, N.C. Smith, 79, died in the emergency room of Community Hospital, where she had been taken after being stricken at her home, a hospital spokesman said. She had suffered brain damage during a diabetic coma in 1976 that made it difficult for her to walk or talk during her later years.
NEWS
May 20, 2010 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44-cent commemorative honoring the American singer - the Flyers' beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Wachovia Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of the 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just before team captured its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
NEWS
June 20, 1986 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphians gathered yesterday in a Center City church to honor Kate Smith and to sing her song again. Smith, whose rousing version of "God Bless America" served as a good-luck charm for the Philadelphia Flyers during two championship seasons, was remembered yesterday at a memorial Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 13th Street below Market Street. The 79-year-old singer died Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., where Gov. Jim Martin ordered flags on state buildings to fly at half-staff until tomorrow.
SPORTS
May 29, 1987 | By RICH HOFMANN, Daily News Sports Writer
The Canadian national anthem was completed, sung strongly by Renee Veneziale. The crowd was restless. Would they? Wouldn't they? They will. They'd better. So it went, until Veneziale turned on her heel, and headed back down the red carpet. Then they knew. Then they knew that the Flyers would be using a videotape of the late Kate Smith to christen Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final. Despite complaints by some people in the Stanley Cup press corps - complaints that included the notion that the use of the videotape was somehow in bad taste - the Flyers played it anyway.
NEWS
May 20, 2010 | By BROAD STREET BULLY as told to DAN GERINGER, bully@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
I'M BROAD STREET BULLY, inviting you to keep e-mailing your Flyered-up family stories and photos to me at: bully@phillynews.com   DIE-HARD SINCE BLAZERS: Ralph Faustino, 50, has been a die-hard fan since he went to a 1972 Philadelphia Blazers game when he was 12 and was blown away by goalie Bernie Parent's flame-painted mask. "He was so cool!" the Southwest Philly native, from 61st and Grays, told B-Street Bully. "I would make pads out of old couch cushions, use a baseball glove and a Mylec stick and imitate his moves.
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May 6, 2011 | By BROAD STREET BULLY as told to DAN GERINGER, bully@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
CAN BooshBob - our not-so-amazing two-headed goalie - stand on both his heads tonight and pull out a miracle win? Can the Flyers win a first period against the Bruins? How about a whole game? Will Pronger finally play, even if he's in a full-body cast? Because the Flyers have forgotten how to play defense, offense and "God Bless America" without him. GOOD LUCK TWINS: Three-year-old twins Seamus and Conor McGoldrick, of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., are so Flyered up, they sing their "God Bless America" duet "every single day from morning till night," their mama Donna says.
NEWS
June 9, 2010 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was an hour before puck drop and the Mayor of the Trenches was being diplomatic. The Mayor is Pat Smart, a die-hard Flyers fan who sits in the section of seats directly behind the net defended in the first and third periods by the opponent. Some fans call these seats "the Trenches" and everyone in the Trenches calls Smart, 52, of Chesapeake City, Md., "the Mayor. " Smart arrived at the Wachovia Center at 4 p.m., so he could "take the pulse" of the arena. "Win or lose, we got to be satisfied," he shouted into the din, a crowd of fans, nodding their heads in approval.
SPORTS
June 4, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With all due respect to the late Kate Smith, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " has become the Flyers' theme song during this spring's remarkable Stanley Cup run. The song has been played during home playoff games, accompanied by inspirational quotes or photos on the Wachovia Center's huge, hanging scoreboard. The photos focus on key moments of a wild, nerve-wracking Cup drive that has not been recommended for the weak-hearted. Before Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over visiting Chicago - a victory that narrowed the Blackhawks' lead to two games to one in the theatrical Finals - fans were given bright orange T-shirts with Smith's likeness and the words: Broad Street Believin'.
SPORTS
June 4, 2010
A record 20,291 people heard "God Bless America" performed before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night. Lauren Hart wasn't one of them. The angel-voiced singer had to look up to the big screen and read Kate Smith's lips in order to keep their otherworldly duet in sync. That's how loud the crowd's roar was when Hart joined with the video image of the late great Kate for the finale of the Flyers' lucky song. "It has never been this loud," Hart said Thursday afternoon.
NEWS
May 20, 2010 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44-cent commemorative honoring the American singer - the Flyers' beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Wachovia Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of the 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just before team captured its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
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May 20, 2010 | By BROAD STREET BULLY as told to DAN GERINGER, bully@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
I'M BROAD STREET BULLY, inviting you to keep e-mailing your Flyered-up family stories and photos to me at: bully@phillynews.com   DIE-HARD SINCE BLAZERS: Ralph Faustino, 50, has been a die-hard fan since he went to a 1972 Philadelphia Blazers game when he was 12 and was blown away by goalie Bernie Parent's flame-painted mask. "He was so cool!" the Southwest Philly native, from 61st and Grays, told B-Street Bully. "I would make pads out of old couch cushions, use a baseball glove and a Mylec stick and imitate his moves.
NEWS
May 20, 2010 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44-cent commemorative honoring the American singer - the Flyers' beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Wachovia Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of the 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just before team captured its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
NEWS
May 19, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kate Smith left her stamp on the Flyers, inspiring the team on its way to its first Stanley Cup with her rousing rendition of "God Bless America. " Now the U.S. Postal Service is putting Smith on a stamp. A new 44 cent commemorative honoring the iconic American singer - and the Flyers beloved "good luck charm" - was unveiled outside the Spectrum on Wednesday as alumni of 1974 championship team looked on. The event was well-timed. It was 36 years to the date that Smith performed "God Bless America" in person just prior to the team capturing its first Stanley Cup. The relationship of Smith and the Flyers, always considered an unlikely pairing, has become the stuff of Philadelphia sports legend.
SPORTS
May 17, 2010
THE HOCKEY GODS are smiling down on the Flyers. First, the Orange and Black came back from a 3-0 deficit to shock the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Now comes news that the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a Kate Smith postage stamp. Flyers chairman Ed Snider and members of the Flyers' Stanley Cup championship teams will join Philadelphia postmaster Joseph P. Kinney for the ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kate Smith statue at the Wachovia Spectrum. Lauren Hart will perform at the free event, which is open to the public.
SPORTS
May 9, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
Kate Smith had amazing pipes. Now she has a stamp, too. This month, the United States Postal Service will release a stamp honoring one of America's favorite singers and Philadelphia's dedicated good-luck charm. Though Smith wasn't born here and died in 1986, she remains a beloved figure in town and an integral part of the city's sports tradition: The Flyers are well above .500 when her rendition of "God Bless America" is played before the puck is dropped. The USPS and the Flyers are working on a ceremony to unveil the stamp at 1 p.m. May 19 near the Kate Smith statue outside the Spectrum.
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