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September 22, 1994 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Once, there may have been no job in America that Lee Thomas would rather have had than general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. But that was nearly a decade ago - in a very different time, before Thomas ever left the Cardinals to become general manager of the Phillies. Yesterday, however, Lee Thomas' onetime dream job opened up again when the Cardinals fired Dal Maxvill after nine years as GM. And one of the first names to pop to the top of the rumor circuit, naturally, was that of James Leroy Thomas.
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November 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Ryan Howard's twin brother sued him for $2.8 million; before his father, who helped manage the Phillies slugger's money, allegedly requested a $10 million separation payment; before Howard claimed his parents and brothers conspired to defraud him, Howard planned a mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The sprawling Florida home was a place for the family - especially Corey, Ryan's look-alike confidant who moved from St. Louis to Philadelphia in 2008 to live with Ryan.
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October 28, 2009
WHATEVER YOU think about the hated New York Yankees, you can thank them for one of the most fortunate transactions in Philadelphia baseball history. And, no, I'm not talking about taking Bobby Abreu off our hands. In 1955 - 5 years after the Bronx Bombers swept the Phils in their only other World Series matchup - the Yankees sold us their giant scoreboard. That's right, the Ballantine Beer scoreboard - the famous 50-foot-tall behemoth that towered in right-centerfield at Connie Mack Stadium at 21st & Lehigh.
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October 4, 2011 | By Michael Vitez, Human-interest writer
Nobody else could sell pistachios. Others tried. Just Pistachio Girl. She parted the seas, the standing-room-only crowds at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night, and bounced down the aisles, a cult figure. Art Ehlo, 58, a season-ticket holder down the third-base line, gave her a fist bump. "I've got pictures of her in my phone with me," he said. Debbie Brown, an usher in Section 136, took a photo. "She's fascinating," Brown said. "She's part of this ballpark. There's a whole page for her on Facebook, 'Fans of The CBP Pistachio Girl.' " More than 500 people "like" it. Pistachio Girl has no idea who started it. In Section 116, a desperate voice rang out, "I love you, Pistachio Girl!"
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March 5, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was 1972, and Chris Wheeler was 26 years old at his first spring training as an assistant in the Phillies' public relations department. His boss, Larry Shenk, approached him on the morning of the first exhibition game at old Jack Russell Stadium. The public address announcer was missing. Overserved the night before, Shenk figured. Could Wheeler do the PA that day? "Don't ever tell somebody you can't do it," Wheeler said this week. Forty-four years later, Wheeler is still the man with the microphone at Phillies spring training games.
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March 29, 2013
The Phillies may be dancing to their last waltz this season after winning the World Series in 2008. What the core players did: The Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays, four games to one, to win the 2008 title and were led by Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins struggled at the plate, but Series MVP Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed just four earned runs in 13 innings over two starts. Here is how they fared that season: Hamels: 14-10 regular season; 1-0, 2.77 ERA and World Series MVP. Howard: .251, 48 HRS, 153 RBIs regular season; .286, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs World Series.
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February 16, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Domonic Brown repeated the words more than once as he stood in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon. "I'm hungry," he said. A deep-fried cheeseburger could not curb the kind of appetite Brown has right now. The only thing that can make the Phillies' rookie feel full again is a job as manager Charlie Manuel's opening-day rightfielder when the team plays the Houston Astros April 1 at Citizens Bank Park. At one point last summer as Brown ripped through the Eastern League at double-A Reading and then the International League with triple-A Lehigh Valley, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the franchise's best prospect would slide into the right-field spot vacated when free agent Jayson Werth signed elsewhere.
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April 8, 2013 | By John Rossi
This week's opening of the film 42 , on Jackie Robinson's integration of baseball, brings to mind the dramatic role played by Philadelphia in this seminal event in America's civil rights history. Robinson's integration of Major League Baseball during the 1947 season was revolutionary. The game had been segregated since the 1880s, reflecting the isolation of African Americans in the nation. Even in the years after World War II, America remained a segregated society, with African Americans, save for some entertainers and athletes like Joe Louis, largely invisible.
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April 24, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, faring in the minor leagues? (Weekly stats from April 15 to 21.) J.P. Crawford SS, Reading (AA) Few minor-league hitters have Crawford's plate discipline. A fun stat: He walked 171 times and struck out 171 times in his first 296 professional games.    AB   H   BA   2B   3B   HR   BB   SO   RBI   SB    Last week   16   3   .188   0   0   0   7   3   1   2    Season   62   15   .294   3   0   1   11   8   4   3    Jake Thompson RHP, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
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November 13, 2011
With the addition of Jonathan Papelbon as the closer, we now know that the Phillies' pitching department is at least going to remain among baseball's elite, if not the gold standard. We also know that pitching was not the problem during these past two postseasons, when the Phillies were eliminated first by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series and then by the St. Louis Cardinals one round earlier. Nothing is wrong with the plan that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies have implemented.
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May 18, 2016 | David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AT FIRST glance, it seemed too tidy. On Monday night, the best high school pitcher in the country took the mound within long-tossing distance of Citizens Bank Park, the home of the team that happens to be picking first in next month's MLB draft. If Jason Groome had looked to the right before toeing the rubber, he would've seen the Philadelphia skyline peeking behind the second deck at Campbell's Field in Camden. As the sun set over the Delaware, the hulking southpaw was pitching in the shadow of the city he could call home.
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May 18, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies entered Monday's game with a collection of corner outfielders who batted .188 with a .506 OPS, and sometimes it is easy to forget this was not by design. So there was Aaron Altherr, in the clubhouse Monday afternoon for a brief moment with his teammates, as a reminder of what should have been. Altherr, who tore the tendon sheath in his left wrist during spring training, was in Philadelphia for a few hours to see a doctor. The 25-year-old outfielder heard what he wanted: He can begin swinging a bat in two weeks.
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May 18, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Nearly $5.5 million collected from fines for red-light violations at 28 Philadelphia intersections will fund 23 safety-improvement projects in 18 municipalities across the state, Gov. Wolf announced Monday. The biggest chunk of money - $2.8 million - will go to five projects in Philadelphia, including $1 million for safety improvements at 30 to 50 "crash locations," according to a news release. Michael Carroll, acting commissioner of the Philadelphia Streets Department, said the city would have three years in which to identify the sites and use the Automated Red Light Enforcement grant.
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May 18, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Home values in a highly competitive Philadelphia market - newly reclassified by the real estate search engine Zillow as "very hot" - finished the first quarter of 2016 higher than the peak they reached just before the housing bubble burst in 2007. "[This] implies that all of the losses in house values due to the bubble's deflation and subsequent recession have now been recovered. The average Philadelphia home has achieved a new all-time high in value," said Kevin Gillen, chief economist for Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.
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May 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Are you willing to fight for the city you love, Philadelphians? To take it back from the repressive foreign overlords who've occupied City Hall, seized all media control, and banished the rank and file to decimated districts on the fringes of town? This is the premise of a dystopian-themed, high-budget video game, Homefront: The Revolution , launching Tuesday and already creating a buzz among game aficionados. "All we have to say is 'it's a first-person shooter set in Philly' and people are all aboard, anxious to play" the $59.99 game, reported Tim Brooks, a sales associate at the GameStop emporium on South Street.
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May 18, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are investigating a South Philadelphia shooting that left a teenager critically wounded. Officers were called to the shooting near Moore and Hollywood Streets shortly before midnight, police said. The 17-year-old was on the street, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his leg and back. He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in critical condition. No information about a motive or any suspects was available.
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May 18, 2016
A 43-year-old man was in critical condition after he was shot multiple times Monday in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia, police said. The man was shot just after 1:30 p.m. at North 7th Street and West Hunting Park Avenue, according to Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Police took the man to Temple University Hospital. - Tommy Rowan
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May 18, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
It was a good night for Jason Groome. It was a better night for Tyler Mondile. Mondile outdueled Groome Monday as Gloucester Catholic High School scored a 1-0 victory over Barnegat in a highly anticipated clash of star senior pitchers before a near-capacity crowd at Campbell's Field. Mondile, a Florida State recruit projected as a possible early-round selection in the June 9 baseball draft, pitched a three-hitter with one walk and 10 strikeouts on a cool, clear night on the Camden waterfront.
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May 18, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, Staff Writer
Almost a year after investigators found rotting corpses buried under trash bags at a West Philadelphia funeral home, the state has revoked the mortuary director's license. Blair Anthony Hawkins must relinquish his funeral director license and pay $90,000 in civil penalties for violating state laws, the Pennsylvania Board of Funeral Directors ruled Thursday. His funeral home, Hawkins Funeral Services, was fined an additional $10,000 for operating without a license. In a statement Monday, Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés said Hawkins received the maximum civil penalty allowed under law, and warned other practitioners that the state "will impose the strongest sanctions available.
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May 18, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
The job listing on Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation website said the position required the ability to lift heavy weights - and the willingness to walk, for miles, through every park in the city, day in and day out, for six months. To Conor Michaud and Gint Stirbys, that sounded just about perfect. So for the last two weeks, the two - Michaud, a gym instructor, and Stirbys, a mover - have taken turns hoisting a 50-pound backpack equipped with 15 cameras onto their backs and setting out to digitally document the city's parks.
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