November 20, 1993 |
If Ray Mercer were a singer instead of a fighter, his "greatest hits" tape likely would be found in the $2.99 discount rack at Kmart. Oh, the one-time heavyweight contender has a following that doggedly continues to believe he's on the cutting edge of the heavyweight division, but it's dwindled to cult status. What Mercer needs is a million-seller to return him to top of the charts. But then, so does Milli Vanilli. Last night's rematch with Jesse Ferguson was supposed to become the smash hit that would help lift Mercer out of the lounge-act category and back into headliner status.
April 29, 2002 |
The Mercer County Community College baseball team is not top heavy with South Jersey talent, but the four players who are there have made an impact this season. "All of them, without them, basically we wouldn't have a team," said coach Dave Gallagher, whose team advanced to the Final Four of the Region 19 Division II tournament by sweeping Salem in two straight games Saturday. "They're vital. Those guys make up a lot of important pieces and they're all getting a lot of playing time.
December 11, 1992 |
When it comes to business practices, boxing makes the shell game look like a model of fairness and integrity. Sometimes, though, it delivers what it advertises. Enter "Merciless" Ray Mercer and Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead. Looking at those nicknames, boxing fans expected a one-sided match, and that is precisely what they got. Mercer stopped Halstead in the second round of a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout last night at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. On the advice of the ringside physician, referee Arthur Mercanti ended the bout at the end of the round, with Halstead bleeding profusely from a cut above his left eye. Moments earlier, in what had been a lackluster bout until just before the end, Mercer dropped Halstead with a solid left-right combination to the head.
February 25, 1992 |
Mercer and Evelyn Redcross share a dream and a vision. You can see it on the walls of their two October Galleries, on the walls of their East Mount Airy home: vibrant artworks by African Americans. "The October Gallery - or any gallery - is something you can point to, it has four walls. If you want to claim your culture, go there," says Mercer, whose energy crackles, even over the phone. Up the spiral staircase, in an office above their sunlit Powelton Village gallery, the couple speak together of their lives and work, closely intertwined for 24 years.
June 30, 1994 |
If Morrisville manager Rick Sokolowski is going to keep his team in contention in the Lower Bucks American Legion League, he will need to get more team efforts like the one Morrisville gave Tuesday night. With two of his best pitchers out indefinitely, Sokolowski got solid pitching from three players and timely hitting from two others in the team's 6-4 win over first-place Falls. Fifteen-year-old Don Huber was the starter and allowed two unearned runs in two innings. Walt Coatsworth pitched the next three innings before Rick Harrison came in to pitch the last two. Sean Ryan led the offense with two hits and two RBIs.
February 14, 1997 |
On Monday night, Spencer Paulson hit a short jumper with five seconds left to give Gloucester County College a 68-67 victory at Mercer. As the ball swished through the twine, the Mercer coaching staff could not help but think of New Jersey's public transportation service, and where it took Paulson during a summer day in 1995. "I was coming [to Mercer] for a visit, but I got the wrong directions and got on the wrong bus," said Paulson, who at the time had just graduated from Olney High in Philadelphia, where he was a teammate of Villanova's Jason Lawson.
September 14, 2010
The 76ers have extended invitations to two players for their training camp roster: Trent Plaisted, a big man from Brigham Young, and James Florence, a guard from Mercer. Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed that the 6-11 Plaisted, who was with the Sixers' entry in the Orlando summer league, is coming. A source familiar with the Sixers' situation said that Florence, Mercer's all-time leading scorer, will be on board when camp opens Sept. 28 at Saint Joseph's University. Both players are essentially camp bodies, because the Sixers already have 14 players under contract, but Bartelstein said, "Trent is going to try and earn a spot.
August 6, 1995 |
When Clarence Mercer was a boy, in the 1930s, his family and others would gather to dance to fiddle music handed down through generations of Chester County farmers. "It was what my father called old-time music," Mercer said recently. "They had music that was unique to this area, and the fiddle was the most popular instrument because it was small, you could carry it around, and it was a good lead instrument. " Mercer's father and other fiddlers formed the Chester County Old Fiddler's Association and began holding summer picnics where they played their traditional songs.
May 22, 1995 |
Everyone was concerned about the condition of his heart. Would it hold up? Would it give out? But the balky body part that held the key to Evander Holyfield's comeback is one that predated the "stiff heart," or noncompliant left ventricle, diagnosed in the aftermath of his loss to Michael Moorer 13 months ago. "I've been having a problem with my (left) shoulder for the past three fights," Holyfield said after scoring a rousing, 10-round, unanimous decision over Ray Mercer Saturday night at Convention Hall.
February 19, 1988 |
When Signature Financial Corp. went shopping for a spot to plunk down its $125 million office park, it decided on a site in Voorhees Township, in part because company officials liked the neighbors in Camden County. Just down the road from the 80-acre development Signature plans at Haddonfield-Berlin and White Horse Roads is the Echelon Mall, whose restaurants and stores should help lure tenants, Steven A. Mercer, senior vice president of Signature Financial Corp., said yesterday.