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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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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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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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September 5, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Phillies pitchers fired eight straight balls with the bases loaded, and that represented the nadir of Tuesday night. A rookie wearing No. 67 relieved them in the next inning, committed a balk, and surrendered two more runs. This is what September baseball looks like for the pitching staff with the National League's worst ERA. Washington permitted four unearned runs to the Phillies and still won, 9-6, because the home team failed at the game's most basic task of throwing strikes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
LET'S FACE it, when you think of a game-show host "type," local sports-gabber Mike Missanelli doesn't spring immediately to mind. Historically speaking, the most successful TV-game emcees have been genial to the point of unctuousness - walking, schmoozing embodiments of the phrase "warm and fuzzy. " Mikey Miss, on the other hand, has made headlines with public explosions of anger. If you call him on his daily 3-to-7 p.m. radio show on 97.5 The Fanatic and say something that he disagrees with, he's likely to question your sanity, intelligence and reason for living.
SPORTS
August 22, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Chace Numata rose from his crouch and approached the mound at FirstEnergy Park. There is little a 21-year-old catcher can say to one of the best pitchers of this generation, yet Numata tried. He patted Roy Halladay on the lower back. Halladay threw eight straight balls in the fourth inning of a dull rehab start with single-A Lakewood. He resembled the drained pitcher seen earlier in 2013, before a surgeon cut into his right shoulder. That was three months ago. Halladay could not command his arsenal.
SPORTS
August 12, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plenty of business needs to be resolved in these final seven weeks of the Phillies' season. Some of it is being conducted right now down in Clearwater, Fla., a fitting location, considering the 2013 season has been relegated to a second spring training of sorts. Two players - Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay - making more money than two entire teams - Miami and Houston - are trying to get healthy. The recovery of Howard's surgically repaired left knee is considered as important as any plate appearance the Phillies will have in the big leagues between now and the Sept.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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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November 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first major free-agent domino fell Monday when Russell Martin signed with Toronto for five years and $82 million, a contract that forces other teams to pursue their needs at catcher through a trade. No other starting catchers are available in free agency. The Pirates, Martin's former employer, traded for the Yankees' Francisco Cervelli, but both they and the Cubs are searching for a starter. They will look toward Arizona, which has reportedly made Miguel Montero available.
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November 20, 2014 | For The Inquirer
There are 127 horses in the entry box for Friday and Saturday's $5.4 million Breeders Crown races for all age, gait and gender divisions at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. As the last stakes races of the year, the results are expected to play a major role in end of year honors, including the Horse of the Year. The 2-year-old pacing filly JK She'salady is at the top of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Top Ten Poll by virtue of her perfect 11 for 11 season. No juvenile pacing filly has ever won Horse of the Year honors.
SPORTS
November 20, 2014
FORMER WORLD Series MVP Pat Borders has joined the Phillies organization as a minor league manager. Borders will manage short-season Williamsport in 2015. Borders, 51, was the starting catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays when they won back-to-back World Series in 1992 and '93. He was the World Series MVP in 1992 when the Blue Jays beat Atlanta. Borders is replacing Shawn Williams on the Williamsport staff. Williams, the son of former Phillies bench coach Jimy Williams, was promoted to manager of low-A Lakewood.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
CITY OFFICIALS, school district leaders and education experts yesterday testified before a group of state lawmakers about dire conditions in city public schools and an urgent need for Pennsylvania to implement a fair formula for education funding. One by one, the speakers at City Hall, including Mayor Nutter, described the stark contrast between the city's schools and those in neighboring suburban districts, because of wild disparities in per-pupil funding. They insisted that poorer districts should receive more to bridge the gap resulting from less local funding.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2014
HANG on to your Hermès. Bravo won't be filming a local version of its wildly successful "Real Housewives" franchise any time soon. Andy Cohen, the shows' executive producer and host of "Watch What Happens Live," has nixed the idea - at least for now. "I love Philly," he told me, during a phone conversation recently. "Never say never. " When I pressed as to why he wasn't hyped to do a show on all the crazy antics going on in the City of Brotherly Love, Cohen pointed out, "Look, you've got Jersey so close to you. You're close to New York.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, JENNY DeHUFF & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THERE IS one safe bet for a new casino license holder in Philadelphia: Politicians, neighbors and people who applied for but didn't win the license may try to stop the project from going forward. That may be the immediate future for the investors behind Live! Hotel & Casino, which won the city's second gaming license yesterday in a vote by the state Gaming Control Board. That project is a partnership between Greenwood Racing Inc., which runs Parx Casino in Bensalem, and the Cordish Co., which owns a casino in Maryland and Xfinity Live!
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
POPE FRANCIS should bring his "breastplate of righteousness" and his "belt of truth" when he travels next year to "satan's playground," also known as Philadelphia. That's according to the most recognizable man in a long, white robe currently within city limits, Philly Jesus. Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant, has been dressing as Jesus Christ and hanging out at LOVE Park for the past seven months, posing for pictures with tourists and "spreading seeds" for God, as he likes to put it. Pope Francis should know that being a visible religious figure in the City of Brotherly Love isn't always easy.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN Gov. Corbett visited Rome in March to lobby for Pope Francis to come here for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015, he didn't expect a firm promise. Then the pope whispered, "I will come. " But the Vatican swore Corbett to secrecy, telling him to keep mum until they decided to officially announce it. Like a good Catholic, Corbett obeyed. About 9:30 a.m. yesterday in Rome (3:30 a.m. our time), the news became official: The pontiff announced his plans to visit Philadelphia to religious leaders - including Archbishop Charles Chaput - gathered in Rome for a summit on marriage and family life.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
PHILADELPHIA turned out more than a million people to welcome and strain to see Pope John Paul II on the last papal visit to the city in October 1979. Catholics, Baptists, Unitarians, atheists - whatever their faith or lack thereof - the devoted and the curious and those in between packed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from City Hall to the Art Museum in a sea of humanity the city had never seen before.  They had come if only to catch a glimpse of the pope, whose white vestments glowed in the autumn sunlight.  The pope spent 21 hours and 12 minutes in Philadelphia as part of his first visit to the United States.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Simon Property Group , the Indianapolis-based retail giant that owns 200-plus shopping malls nationwide, is sacrificing more than 400 parking spaces at its King of Prussia Plaza and Court to make room for at least 50 new stores and restaurants that it hopes will draw more wealthy shoppers to the region's biggest retail complex. At extra-large shopping centers such as King of Prussia, at least, "the mall business is good, contrary to some of the naysayers," David Contis , president of Simon Malls and a corporate senior vice president, told me Monday.
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