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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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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS navigated the small hallway leading up to the main event with his closest teammate by his side. There were cheers. And chants. They sang the national anthem, and later, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game. " There wasn't an empty seat in the house. Tom McCarthy stood behind the microphone and introduced Hamels. But Cole Hamels wasn't wearing Phillies red. No, it wasn't a Red Sox uniform, either. He wasn't outfitted in a Cardinals, Cubs or Padres hat. Hamels was wearing a a blue tie and a khaki suit as he stood next to his wife, Heidi, inside the cafeteria at John H. Webster Elementary School.
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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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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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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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August 19, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's difficult to imagine that at the all-star break, the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were on even footing. Now one team is gearing for October, and the other for next season. The differing paths continued with the Dodgers' 5-0 win Saturday night over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, making interim manager Ryne Sandberg 0-2 and waiting for his team to score a run. The Phillies have been shut out 12 times this season. After games played on July 14, the Phillies entered the all-star break 48-48, and the Dodgers were 47-47.
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May 5, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki, Inquirer Staff Writer
 Jamie Moyer has seen and pitched enough baseball to know nothing is fair.                                                                
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January 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SIX MONTHS AGO, Jonathan Papelbon sat in his locker stall in the visiting clubhouse at Milwaukee's Miller Park and held court with reporters. The subject: the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. The summary of Papelbon's stance: Get me the heck out of here. Perhaps Papelbon finally will get his wish, and, coincidentally, find a new home in the city where he voiced his opinion last summer. Yahoo Sports reported early yesterday morning that the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have had "serious discussions" about a Papelbon trade.
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August 19, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The door was open to Charlie Manuel's office, and the manager was fidgety. The summers blend together now because there were many. But this was three years ago, on a weekday morning at Wrigley Field, during happier days for a man who dedicated his life to baseball. Chances are he beat every one of his players to the ancient ballpark. Baseball needed Charlie Manuel. He wanted to talk to someone. Anyone. Manuel radiated in the hours before a game. He told jokes. He taught hitting. He held small children.
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May 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Ryan Howard couldn't hold on to a high throw from third baseman Maikel Franco, and it led to the Colorado Rockies' scoring three runs in the first inning of Tuesday night's game at Coors Field. But Aaron Harang was unbowed, unbent and unbroken. The 37-year-old righthander continued his startling start to the season, following a first inning that saw three unearned runs come across the plate by tossing five zeros on the home half of the scoreboard in the next five.
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May 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Grady Sizemore regularly arrives early to the ballpark every day - out of necessity. Not unlike Chase Utley, Sizemore has to go through a rigorous pregame routine in order to get himself into the best shape to play. That's what happens when you undergo seven different surgeries between your 26th and 31st birthdays, including three on your knees, putting a once-bright baseball future in jeopardy. "I know what he's going through, and he's worked hard at it," Sizemore said of Utley.
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May 21, 2015 | Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Voting results Tuesday night showed that all four ballot questions to amend the Philadelphia City Charter had wide margins leading in favor of approval. The first question asked whether the charter should be amended to declare that the legislature and the governor should abolish the School Reform Commission and return Philadelphia's public schools to local control. The charter amendment would say that the voices of parents and the community have suffered since the state takeover of the School District.
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May 21, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
James F. Kenney, a 23-year veteran of City Council and true son of South Philadelphia, rolled to an easy victory Tuesday in the Democratic mayoral primary, making him the odds-on favorite to become Philadelphia's next chief executive. Backed by an impressive coalition of organized labor, progressive groups, and key African American political leaders, Kenney, 56, defeated former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, former Common Pleas Judge Nelson A. Diaz, former PGW executive Doug Oliver, former State Sen. T. Milton Street, and the candidate once seen as the front-runner - State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.
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May 21, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
About seven years ago, Douglas Yago got an urgent phone call about his great-aunt Gladys Woolley Richardson. The caller was from the Evergreens, the continuing care retirement community in Moorestown where Mrs. Richardson had lived since 1988. "They said, 'You might want to come up; we think there's something wrong with your aunt.' She wasn't responsive," Yago said. But when he arrived, Mrs. Richardson was fine. " 'The last thing I remember is the Phillies were playing the Mets and the Mets were winning,' " he said she told him. "And she was upset," Yago said.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six months after losing his bid for Philadelphia's second casino license, South Philadelphia tomato king Joseph G. Procacci is getting back in the game. Procacci, 87, and his partner in the rejected Casino Revolution, Merit Management Group, have reached a preliminary agreement to rescue a Western Pennsylvania casino that has been on the drawing board for two years, company officials said Tuesday. The Lawrence County project, backed by a group of Philadelphia-area investors led by insurance executive Manuel Stamatakis, has been delayed in part by the failure of the partnership, Endeka Entertainment L.P., to provide documents that state regulators need to investigate the group and its financing plan.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
It appears fast-fashion retailer H&M believes in Philadelphia's emerging persona as a mecca for all things young, urbane, and affordably stylish. On Thursday, the trendy Stockholm apparel company, also known as Hennes & Mauritz, launched a slick campaign to recruit millennials to its national sales force - with a particular focus on young people in Houston and Philadelphia. Millennials, the company argues, are the future of fashion. They embody an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative energy the company says will help it continue its expansion in the United States - from the current 363 American H&Ms to more than 400 by year's end. (Ten of its current lot are in the Philadelphia region, including two in Center City blocks away from each other.)
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May 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - Justin De Fratus turned around and watched as the ball traveled toward the wall in left-center at Coors Field. His two-strike, two-out pitch in the eighth inning quickly became Nick Hundley's third home run, and the Phillies trailed again. They could not battle back from their third deficit of the night. A 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies snapped the Phillies season-high winning streak at six games Tuesday night. "A pitch I was trying to get in the dirt," De Fratus said.
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May 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - The Phillies' starting pitching staff entered Tuesday with the 24th-best ERA in Major League Baseball. But it's no coincidence that a recent string of strong performances has coincided with the team's best baseball of the season. Coming into Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies, Phillies starters had allowed only seven runs over their last 391/3 innings. Each game of the Phillies' winning streak, which entered Tuesday at six games, had seen their starter allow two runs or fewer.
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May 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - Cole Hamels' last three starts have lowered his season ERA by almost a full run. The 31-year-old lefthander's latest performance, his longest outing of the season, fueled the Phillies to their longest winning streak since September 2012. The Phillies earned their sixth consecutive win on Monday night in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Their ace allowed just one run and six hits over 71/3 innings. Hamels has won each of his last 11 starts in which he has been afforded at least three runs of support while he is in the game.
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