May 20, 2001 |
Pat Brett won't hit any home runs, strike out any batters, or make any diving catches for the La Salle High baseball team. Chances of those things happening ended when Brett passed out during an eighth-grade basketball practice. Five days later, he received a pacemaker to keep his heart, which had been damaged since birth, beating. So the La Salle freshman - 18 months removed from that heart operation - does what he can for the Explorers. He tends the scorebook. He makes sure the scoreboard is up to date.
April 1, 2007 |
Those who believe that Barry Bonds is baseball's all-time, single-season power hitter are in for a rude awakening, thanks to Bill Jenkinson. Jenkinson, a consultant for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and an expert on the history of long home runs, has just published a book that aims to prove that Babe Ruth dwarfs Bonds in terms of "pure power. " The book, Recrowning Baseball's Greatest Slugger: The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs, is more than another biography on the storied Yankees slugger.
April 17, 2003 |
Dale Petroskey, president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, recently cancelled a 15th-anniversary celebration of the classic baseball film Bull Durham, scheduled at the Hall in late April, because of antiwar comments made by Tim Robbins, a star of the film. Their exchange - and reactions to it - raise issues of free speech, polarization of politics in America, culture war, celebrity, and the private sector. Dear Mr. Robbins: The President of the United States, as this nation's democratically elected leader, is constitutionally bound to make decisions he believes are in the best interests of the American people.
February 12, 2013 |
Edith Grace Houghton, 100, a Philadelphia baseball prodigy who began playing professionally at age 10 and who in the 1940s worked for the Phillies as the first female scout in the major leagues, died Saturday, Feb. 2, in Sarasota, Fla. In 1922, as a 10-year-old tomboy growing up in North Philadelphia, Ms. Houghton spent her days playing baseball at 25th and Diamond Streets. She was known as "the Kid" for her skills on the diamond. That year, she tried out for the Philadelphia Bobbies, a new professional women's team, named for the popular "bob" hairstyle of the 1920s.
March 14, 2004 |
To a family that counts the days until pitchers and catchers report, nothing says spring like baseball, and nothing calls out spring break like Cooperstown, N.Y. Having three sons and one husband who are serious baseball fans, I knew it was inevitable that I would end up at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, but I was always banking on that being later rather than sooner. I was on a mission to find that "something for everyone" spring-break vacation when my husband looked up over his newspaper and pronounced, "It's time to take the boys to Cooperstown.
September 10, 2001 |
Legend has it that 6,000 people came to this Cumberland County city in 1979 when Pete Rose played in a semipro baseball tournament here. A few hundred showed up yesterday when baseball's all-time hits leader took his place alongside Bammin' Bunky Higbee, a 1950s and '60s race-car driver, and Bernice Gera, professional baseball's "first lady umpire. " Rose - whose sports betting led to his being banned from major-league baseball in 1989 and, effectively, from the National Baseball Hall of Fame - was inducted into the South Jersey All Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
July 23, 2010 |
This weekend's National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will stir a host of vivid memories of boyhood heroes. The annual rite has been a highlight of my summer since I first visited Cooperstown at the age of 12. It was around that time that Dick Perez became the Hall of Fame's official artist. Perez's paintings of the annual inductees quickly became the standard for baseball art. His images also redefined the hobby of card-collecting, and the Phillies reproduced many of them as giveaways that remain treasured keepsakes of my youth.
January 20, 1998 |
Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams asked for a record $9 million in salary arbitration. New York countered at $7.5 million, the highest figure ever offered by a team and a raise of $2.2 million. Williams's agent, Scott Boras, said last month that negotiations for a long-term contract would cease once salary arbitration figures were exchanged and the outfielder would then file for free agency after the season. Williams's request topped the $7.65 million Los Angeles catcher Mike Piazza submitted last year.
June 8, 2001 |
IMAGINE A 17,000-square-foot museum at the Phillies' new ballpark that traces the history of Philadelphia's pro baseball teams from the late 19th century through the present. Devoted primarily to the Phillies, but including the Athletics and the city's Negro League teams, the museum would exhibit more than 1,000 artifacts, some of which would be on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The centerpiece of the museum would be an actual Hall of Fame, housing plaques of all the outstanding ballplayers in Philadelphia's history.
December 24, 2012 |
The mother of all Hall of Fame ballots arrived in the mail earlier this month and I immediately set aside the manila envelope and continued to ponder how to handle the polarizing players who showed up on the ballot for the first time this year. You know the names. Barry Bonds. Roger Clemens. Sammy Sosa. Superstars who stained the game by using performance-enhancing steroids. After this year's ballot arrived, I started reading columns from some of my fellow members in the Baseball Writers' Association of America.