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.
August 10, 2016 |
A Philadelphia sheriff's deputy is in an induced coma and is paralyzed from the waist down after he was injured when an elevator at the Criminal Justice Center crashed last week, Sheriff Jewell Williams said Monday. Sgt. Paul Owens, 49, was in an employee elevator around 10:20 a.m. Thursday when, for reasons that remain under investigation, it rose through the 15th-floor ceiling of the 17-story courthouse and smashed into an equipment room. Owens was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital in critical condition with severe head and chest injuries, and doctors later discovered that he had four broken vertebrae, Williams said.
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.
August 7, 2016
A decision on whether the Criminal Justice Center will be open Monday for court business will be announced by court officials on Sunday. The center has been closed since Thursday, after a structural failure involving two elevators injured two employees. Sgt. Paul Owens, a 29-year sheriff's deputy who was in one of the elevators and was injured in the mishap, remained in critical condition Friday at Hahnemann University Hospital, said Hahnemann spokesman Phil Ellingsworth Jr. The official cause of the incident has not been determined.
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)
December 22, 2009
IN THE PANTHEON of truly thankless jobs, major league baseball traveling secretary ranks somewhere between bomb-squad defuser and deckhand on a Bering Sea crab trawler. The good news is you get to see 162 baseball games a year. And you not only get the bonus of spending most of the winter in Florida or Arizona setting up all the spring-training logistics, you actually arrange most of your team's exhibition schedule. The bad news is that for 81 of those games, you are a concierge-to-go.