May 2, 2016 |
Among the thousands of athletes who competed at the 122nd Penn Relays, none received the attention and adulation of 100-year-old Ida Keeling, all 4-feet, 6-inches of her. The crowd of 44,469 was on its feet Saturday during all 1 minute and 17.33 seconds that Keeling ran - or more accurately, power-walked - the 100 meters. All her fellow competitors stood just beyond the finish to watch her after they completed the race. And when it was over, the New York resident did a few push-ups and leg lifts to prove she is a fitness devotee.
April 11, 2016 |
Yes, he was blessed with blue-ribbon bloodlines. And yes, he was born a child of privilege, wanting for nothing. And yes, his DNA flows hot and heavy. But this is the difference, this is what set him apart: He hasn't squandered his gifts, he hasn't been content to skate his way through life, not content to being pretty good, and not just the star. Kobe Bryant leaves the stage now and he leaves, it says here, as one of the four best basketball players ever. Ever.
June 1, 2015 |
LYON, France - Cheering audiences, rhythmic clapping, stamping feet, and other signs of adoration on its Europe 2015 tour don't excuse the Philadelphia Orchestra from the front lines of music outreach. The morning after the orchestra's raucously successful Lyon debut, players took to streets that, at least on Saturday, could be a bit mean. Three contingents set up shop to play chamber music, the most civilized setting being the courtyard of the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, which offered acoustics-enhancing walls and appreciative tour-group audiences who not only stopped to listen but, between movements, talked about family members who had attended Temple University.
April 8, 2015 |
BEFORE HIS FIRST at-bat back at Citizens Bank Park in a different uniform, Shane Victorino got a standing ovation. He tipped his helmet to the Philadelphia faithful, as his former teammates Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz purposely delayed the at-bat for their friend. Before his second at-bat, Victorino made a more meaningful gesture, one that speaks to both his personality and his popularity within the city of Philadelphia. Following the third inning of yesterday's home opener, the Phillies played tribute to late Police Officer Robert Wilson III. Wilson, mortally wounded by armed men attempting a robbery shortly after buying his oldest son a birthday gift, was shown on the video board at the ballpark.
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - When the American League's leadoff hitter came to the plate in the first inning, every National League fielder stashed his glove to take part in an extended standing ovation. Pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove on the mound and didn't appear to be in any rush to get it, either. The applause continued for another minute. It was Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game, and, just as with Mariano Rivera last year, the game was going to celebrate the New York Yankees future Hall of Famer, who is retiring at season's end. Wainwright acknowledged later he grooved a couple of pitches for Jeter in the at-bat that followed.
June 26, 2014 |
A crinkled 1989 Topps No. 570 is the lone item tacked to Tony Gwynn Jr.'s locker at Citizens Bank Park. A ballpark employee in right field handed Gwynn the baseball card about a month ago, and there is his young father, frozen in time with a Jheri curl as the game's best hitter, to watch over his only son. Gwynn returned to work Tuesday night after a week of mourning the death of his Hall of Fame father. He pinch-hit in the eighth inning of a 7-4 Phillies win over Miami. The Philadelphia fans greeted the 31-year-old outfielder with a standing ovation.
August 6, 2013
NINETEEN members of the 1993 Phillies took their respective positions prior to yesterday's game in a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their NL pennant as a part of Alumni weekend at Citizens Bank Park. The biggest ovation came for Darren Daulton, who is battling brain cancer. Mitch Williams also received hearty applause. Lenny Dykstra was not in attendance. - RYAN LAWRENCE
October 5, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Miguel Cabrera became the 15th player to win baseball's Triple Crown on Wednesday night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera's milestone wasn't official until the Yankees pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson in their game against the Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Rangers' Josh Hamilton and one shy of Cabrera. Cabrera went 0 for 2 against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation.
September 14, 2012 |
Muhammad Ali, dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses, stood nearly motionless Thursday night as he stared down intently at the Liberty Medal that had just been presented to him. The 70-year-old Ali, fighting through his Parkinson's disease, briefly lifted his right hand to acknowledge the sustained standing ovation of the audience on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. The crowd erupted in a rousing chant: "Ali! Ali! Ali!" The world champion boxer, antiwar hero, and cultural icon was awarded the 2012 medal for his life as a transformative figure personifying the struggle for liberty.