January 4, 2004 |
The last time I saw Phillies icon Paul Owens, he was frail and failing as he leaned on the arms of his prot?g?, club executive Dallas Green, and general manager Ed Wade during emotional closing ceremonies for Veterans Stadium on Sept. 28. That's not the way I will remember The Pope. I will remember how excited he was to attend a high school or college basketball game when one of his grandsons was playing. I will remember how he was a straight shooter, a man who was secure enough in himself - and his beliefs - that he answered questions with candor.
October 24, 2002 |
Paul Owens, 78, of West Philadelphia, a member of the legendary Dixie Hummingbirds gospel group, died of cancer last Thursday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Owens spent 16 years of his singing career with the famed Dixie Hummingbirds, lending his smooth tenor to the tight harmonies of a group considered one of the pillars of gospel music. Before he joined the group in 1948, Mr. Owens had built a reputation as a talented soloist with groups such as the Israelite Gospel Singers and the Baystate Gospel Singers.
March 30, 1998 |
A quarter-century later, he's back to the future. A quarter-century after Paul Owens began assembling the greatest team in Phillies history, the Phillies have remembered he's still around. Finally, they are tapping into his font of wisdom again. Finally, they are allowing him to be actively involved in all phases of this team again. Finally, they have hauled his blueprints out of the attic and are using them to rebuild this baseball team the way Owens built his own quasi-dynasty in the '70s.
July 17, 2003 |
During Veterans Stadium's final season, The Inquirer will look back weekly at memorable Phillies moments. In the summer of 1983, when Comcast SportsNet was just a distant dream and WIP a dying radio station, sports news wasn't yet a ubiquitous buzz. There was an enormous black hole between the morning papers and the 11 o'clock news, and Philadelphia fans, for the most part, were content to pass those hours in blissful ignorance. So it wasn't unusual that on the night of July 18, 1983, thousands of Phillies fans arrived at Veterans Stadium having not heard a single word about the hastily convened news conference that had taken place on the 400 level a few hours earlier.
May 29, 1998 |
Paul Owens, the architect of the best Phillies teams in history, sat in the bleachers at Cherry Hill East High last week, puffed on an unfiltered Chesterfield and exhaled a mouthful. A mouthful of praise, that is. "He reminds me a little of Doc Gooden when I saw him pitching in high school in Tampa," said Owens, now a special assistant with the Phillies, as he watched Toms River North speedballer J.M. Gold deliver a pitch last Friday. "He's the closest I've seen to him in a long time, and what I like about him is that he doesn't waste any motion.
November 7, 1995 |
Bishop Eustace's Geoff Owens, a 6-foot-10 center, said last night that he has made an oral commitment to the University of Pennsylvania. Owens, a grandson of Phillies executive Paul Owens, said he chose Penn over Penn State, Rider and Navy. Last season was his first as a varsity basketball starter. Owens averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds a game. "One college told us that Geoff was the best-kept secret in the country, and I agree," Eustace coach Bill Lange said. "He still hasn't tapped all his ability, and his work ethic is incredible.
March 8, 2010 |
BIO Charles Fuqua Manuel Age: 66 Birthdate: Jan. 4, 1944, in North Fork, W.Va. Major league career: 1969-75, he played 4 years with the Twins and 2 years with the Dodgers. Major league numbers: .198 average, 242 games, 384 at-bats, 25 runs, 76 hits, 12 doubles, 0 triples, 4 home runs, 43 RBI 40 walks, 77 strikeouts, .273 on-base percentage, .260 slugging percentage. Managing career: 9 years in minor leagues (610-588); 2-plus years with Cleveland Indians (220-190)
February 20, 1996 |
When Geoff Owens finished his freshman year at Bishop Eustace, he made a decision that eventually would change his future. Owens chose to forgo baseball and concentrate on basketball. He hasn't regretted that decision one bit. Owens, a former power-hitting first baseman, will continue his basketball career next season at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also plans to major in pre-med. Entering yesterday's game against Overbrook, the 6-foot-11, 200-pound center was averaging 16.4 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocked shots for Eustace, which is expected to seriously contend for the South Jersey Parochial B title.
June 26, 2013 |
THEY WERE OLD. So many guys in their 40s. Old baseball guys creak when they run and they run a step slower. They make a whistling, tea-kettle sound when they go first to third or second to home. Wheeze Kids, that's what I nicknamed that 1983 Phillies team, and it stuck. A spinoff of Whiz Kids, the nickname for that swaggering, young Phillies bunch that won the pennant in 1950, only to get swept by the Yankees in the World Series. Throw enough mud at the wall and some of it sticks.
July 31, 1995 |
Jokingly, Rich Ashburn told Mayor Rendell that the Mummers should be part of the festivities. Well, that can-do mayor placed a call and, wouldn't you know it, six Mummers were in town by Saturday night. One problem: There were no rooms left. And even the can-do mayor couldn't solve that. The Mummers ended up taking naps in their cars and rose at dawn to play. They weren't the only early risers. By 9 a.m., the field surrounding the outdoor stage was dotted with red-dressed people.