February 4, 2015 |
JIM BUNNING spent the first weekend in December in San Diego, a member of a 16-man committee voting on Golden Era players to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Dick Allen needed 12 votes. He got 11. "I felt useless," Bunning seethed the other day, his voice crackling with anger. "It was the most disappointing 3 days I've ever spent in my life!" In his life? What about that weekend in September 1964, when the National League pennant was gurgling down the drain and Gene Mauch was pitching Bunning and Chris Short on 2 days' rest and the Phillies were drowning in a 10-game losing streak?
September 2, 2014 |
Mamadou Sacko and Barry Williams spend their work days enveloped in a malodorous fog. If it is even mildly warm out, they are trailed by a light constellation of flies. During an eight-hour shift, they will pick up and dump 20 tons of refuse - from aging love seats to sacks of unrecognizable slop - the typical haul for a crew of Philadelphia sanitation workers, positions commonly known as trash collectors. "Best job I've ever had," both men will tell you. "I don't know, I just really enjoy it," said Sacko, 41, who prefers the work to the nine years he spent as an overnight manager of a gas station.
September 1, 2014 |
Under near-perfect skies, tens of thousands of music-lovers flocked to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday for the first of two days of concerts at the Budweiser Made in America festival. The third annual outdoor extravaganza, the creation of rap impresario Shawn Carter - better known as Jay Z - was staged for the first time this year simultaneously with an event in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. The MIA events were billed as a U.S. bicoastal urban megafestival. Kanye West, the headliner Saturday night in Philadelphia, was scheduled to fly overnight to the West Coast to appear Sunday in Los Angeles.
July 20, 2014 |
Lively: Disaster averted Must you have the perfect wedding to have the perfect marriage? Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds almost put that question to the test at their '12 nuptials. "Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn't know what to do," Lively, 26, tells Vogue. They avoided disaster by calling the only person on Earth who can rescue any social occasion from ruin: Martha Stewart . "She sent her team down to save us. And then she called her friends who have a home in South Carolina and set us up at the most amazing getaway.
June 16, 2014 |
Jim Bunning's life, in so many ways, has been perfectly pitched. He played 17 big-league seasons, won 100-plus games in each league, and is in baseball's Hall of Fame. He was an elected official in his native Kentucky for 32 years, the last 12 as a U.S. senator. He was a sports agent, a minor-league manager, an insurance broker. He's been married 62 years, has nine children, 35 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. But there have also been a few sour notes. Bunning's only real shot at a World Series ended when the 1964 Phillies collapsed, inexplicably blowing a 61/2-game lead with just 12 to play.
June 4, 2014 |
THE EAGLES WERE down to their last organized-team-activity rep of the day, a red-zone drill, first-team offense vs. first-team defense. Reporters were starting to drift down out of the NovaCare stands, reviewing their interview plans for the day. In an instant, all those plans were put on hold. Nick Foles threw to Jeremy Maclin at the goal line, and as Maclin planted and reached for the ball, he collided with corner Bradley Fletcher, linebacker Connor Barwin nearby. The ball bounced away.
June 14, 2013 |
We didn't see much sun Thursday, but if you were around Logan Square or on Chestnut Street near 17th, you might have spotted the cast of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " The cable sitcom, which moves this fall from FX to help launch its spin-off channel FXX, is in town for a couple of days shooting on location for its upcoming ninth season. By midafternoon, two of its stars, Kaitlin Olson and Glenn Howerton, were filming a scene at 9th and Green streets. "I'm going to say this is actually a perfect day to shoot," said "Sunny" creator and star Rob McElhenney, who grew up here and knows from Philly weather.
April 20, 2013 |
Anthony Averett's track success reads like a legend. Averett this season will go for his third straight Meet of Champions title in the long jump - quite an accomplishment for an athlete who likens track to an offseason hobby to help him maintain his conditioning for football. This weekend, the chiseled, 6-foot-1 Woodbury senior, who will attend the University of Alabama as a defensive back, will return to the meet in which he made his most heralded jump. Almost one year ago, Averett joined Carl Lewis in New Jersey track lore by long-jumping 25 feet twice at the Woodbury Relays.
April 17, 2013 |
Mike and Cindy Schlitt, pediatricians from Haddonfield, were 100 feet from the finish line when the first bomb went off. "She ran a PR" - a personal record - "and a 3:55," Mike Schlitt said of his wife. "We were literally ahead of the bomb by four minutes. We crossed the finish and she was exhausted. We stayed at the finish a good couple of minutes so she could recover. Just as we were getting up to start to walk, the bomb went off, and another 20 seconds, another bomb. "I knew it was a bomb right away," he said.
September 19, 2011 |
IT HAS BEEN said that Philadelphia hosts one of the fastest half-marathon courses in the world, and yesterday morning's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon proved exactly why. With clear skies and a cool breeze in their favor, first-place finishers Matthew Kisorio (58:46), of Kenya, and Kim Smith (1:07:11), of New Zealand, led a record field of 20,866 runners as they set United States All-Comers' Records, cruising to the fastest half-marathon times ever recorded on American soil. Kisorio, the returning champion from last year, defended his title by running the fourth fastest time in history while knocking more than a minute off his personal record.