April 24, 2000 |
Shortstop Vaughn Schill, The Inquirer's 1996 South Jersey player of the year from Audubon, has retired from professional baseball. Schill, 22, was selected in the fourth round of last year's major-league draft by Seattle, the 125th player taken. This spring, Schill was playing with the Lancaster JetHawks, the Mariners' affiliate in the Class A California League. Schill played in just six of the first 11 games and batted .250 (4 for 16) with no RBIs before announcing his retirement last week.
October 28, 1992 |
Dorothy M. "Dottie" Green, a professional baseball player with the women's league that was the subject of the film "A League of Their Own," died Monday at age 71 in Natick, Mass. Green played catcher for four seasons with the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which began in 1943. The competition "taught us so much," she told the Middlesex News, of Framingham, Mass., in July. Later, as a captain of the guards at the state prison at Framingham, she said: "I never would have been able to handle that without the training I got" on the ballfield.
June 30, 1995 |
Brett Illig is going pro. The shortstop for Phoenixville High, the Pioneer Athletic Conference and District 1 Class AAA champion, signed a contract last night to play professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The Dodgers selected Illig, 17, in the 22d round of the major-league draft June 2. In November, Illig gave Mississippi State University, a Division I school, an oral commitment to attend. After the draft, he wrestled with his decision on his future for most of June, knowing that 12:01 a.m. today was his deadline.
December 13, 1995 |
For the first time since he was a child, Joe Troilo won't be playing basketball this winter. The Kennett senior was good enough to start for the Blue Demons, too. Instead, Troilo will work out with weights and sharpen his baseball skills for the spring. So Kennett's loss on the hardwood should be a gain for the high school's baseball team. And Old Dominion University figures to prosper, too, because Troilo recently accepted a four-year baseball scholarship to the NCAA Division I school.
July 2, 2010 |
Baseball or football? For Matt Szczur, Villanova's two-sport standout, the short-term answer is both. Szczur, who will be a senior, has signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs that will allow him to play for the Wildcats' football team this fall, the university announced Thursday. As a junior, Szczur helped Villanova win the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title by rushing for a career-best 159 yards in a 23-21 victory over Montana in the final. The all-purpose player was named the Division I-AA title game's most outstanding player.
February 21, 1986 |
Yo, Adrian, who's the little guy with the Rocky Balboa body and Johnny Bench arm who's been hanging around with the baseball players at the Carpenter Complex this week? Yo, yourself. First, he's not so little. Stretch his 5-8, 180-pound frame out to 6-2 and he would still be built like a middle linebacker - which is what he played while weighing 165 pounds at Washington Township High School, just a catcher's throw to second from the Sewell, N.J., home of Phils assistant to the president Paul Owens.
May 21, 2012 |
There are many things in life that are truly difficult — losing a job, raising a child, dealing with Comcast customer service — but disliking the upstart professional baseball team from the nation's capital is not among them. Even so, if the Nats are to become a true rival to the Phillies, we figured it would be helpful to provide a head start on some good clean hate, a handy reference guide of reasons to despise the unbearable lameness of the Nats — and their ardently indifferent fan base.
June 30, 2014 |
When the Phillies selected Aaron Nola with the seventh overall pick in the draft earlier this month, some projected a flawless transition to professional baseball, a dominant college pitcher using the minor leagues as a pit stop. Not so fast, the Phillies say. In his first professional start Monday, Nola struggled. Pitching with a three-inning limit, he was fine for the first two before running into trouble in the third. He gave up five runs in the inning, four of which were earned.
February 27, 1997 |
Gary Sheffield and the Florida Marlins are negotiating a six-year contract extension that could be worth $60 million to $65 million, baseball sources said yesterday. The deal, likely to be completed during spring training, would start in 1998. Sheffield, 28, will make $6.1 million in 1997, the final season of a four-year pact. A magnetic-resonance-imaging test showed no damage to Barry Bonds' right hip, and the San Francisco outfielder was cleared to resume workouts, a day after he fell down a flight of stairs at his rented house.
December 31, 2012 |
CARACAS, Venezuela - Former Phillies relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina returned to baseball over the weekend after serving 7 1/2 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch. Before taking the field in his native Venezuela to play for the Lions of Caracas, Urbina described himself as "more mature" and said he was "very excited to play baseball again. " "I'm excited to be here," Urbina told reporters at the University Stadium in Caracas, where the Lions played the Zulia Eagles.