September 22, 2014 |
One-hundredth of a second. That fraction of time, Art Mahaffey said, might have been the difference in enabling Cincinnati's Chico Ruiz to steal home for the game's lone run on Sept. 21, 1964, starting the Phillies on their infamous, 10-game losing streak and costing them the National League pennant. Mahaffey, 76, is retired from an insurance business he operated. He and his wife, Janet, spend much of their time doting over their 7-year-old granddaughter, Ashley. But in 1964, the slender righthander was on the mound when the Phillies, who were atop the National League standings with a comfortable 61/2-game cushion, and the second-place Reds were locked in a scoreless tie in the sixth inning at chilly Connie Mack Stadium.
September 18, 2014 |
* RED BAND SOCIETY. 9 tonight, Fox 29. * THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA. 10 tonight, NBC10. * YOU'RE THE WORST. 10:30 p.m. tomorrow, FX. ARE YOU READY for some high-stakes high jinks? Calling Fox's "Red Band Society" the feel-good show of the fall might be stretching it, but this drama set in a hospital ward full of adolescents with life-threatening conditions isn't nearly as scary as "Grey's Anatomy. " Because the adolescents in this show, adapted from a Spanish series, don't cut people open every week.
September 15, 2014 |
Union rookie Pedro Ribeiro rewarded his team's confidence with a difference-making effort. Appearing in only his third Major League Soccer game, Ribeiro scored his first goal and set up the second score during Saturday's 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park. "We didn't play great soccer, but the fight was there," Ribeiro said. With the Union trailing, 2-1, in second-half stoppage time, Ribeiro was tripped inside the box by Ibrahim Sekagya, earning a penalty kick.
September 10, 2014 |
The next meaningful baseball game in Philadelphia will be April 6, when the Phillies host the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Major League Baseball announced its 2015 schedule Monday, and as previously reported, Boston is the Phillies' first - and, perhaps, marquee - opponent next season. The teams will play at 3:05 p.m. on April 6, have a day off April 7, and play two night games April 8 and 9. The Phillies will make interleague road trips to Baltimore, Boston, New York, and Toronto.
September 6, 2014 |
Joan Rivers was legendary when it came to the caustic celebrity put-down: "I can't wait for Britney Spears to lose her job so she can serve me coffee at 7-Eleven. " No one out there admitted to as many cosmetic procedures: "I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware," she once joked. And sales of her eponymous collection of jewelry, apparel and cosmetics, selling for 24 years on West Chester-based QVC, reached a total of more than $1 billion this year.
August 2, 2014 |
Two years after the Pennsylvania legislature allowed red-light camera systems to expand beyond Philadelphia, Abington is the only suburb to install one. Under a one-year pilot program, cameras were slated to begin monitoring three of Abington's busiest intersections at 12:01 a.m. Friday. After a two-month grace period, violations caught by the camera will result in a $100 fine to the owner of the vehicle. The 11 other towns in Southeastern Pennsylvania large enough to qualify for red-light cameras have either ignored or rejected the idea.
July 30, 2014 |
When a breathless Jonas Cattell dashed into Fort Mercer that October day in 1777, the enemy wasn't far behind. Hours earlier, the 18-year-old had overheard talk of an attack on the American fort and ran the 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, Gloucester County, bypassing Hessian mercenaries along the way. His timely warning gave the American defenders time to reposition their artillery and set a trap that decimated the Hessians. About 400 of them - a third of the German force - were mowed down by cannon and musket fire, then buried in a mass grave at what is now Red Bank Battlefield Park.
July 18, 2014 |
With his shaved head, lumbering gait, and 190 pounds packed on a 6-foot-1 frame, Conor Casey could easily be dismissed as a bull in a china shop. But his atypical soccer physique has always belied a deceptively deft touch. Casey's crafty footwork led to the first two Union goals Wednesday in a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park. Midway through his second season with the Union, the veteran forward has rediscovered the form that once made him one of the premier scoring threats in MLS. Casey, who had 10 goals with the Union last year, has six in his last six games after not scoring in the first 14. "He just needed a run of games.
July 17, 2014 |
THE NEW YORK Red Bulls' position in the standings doesn't necessarily jump off the page, but a simple glance at the MLS statistical leaderboard serves as a reminder of the club's firepower. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry will arrive at PPL Park tonight as the league's leaders in goals and assists, respectively. Thwarting their efforts will be crucial for the Union (4-8-7) in what interim manager Jim Curtin yesterday deemed "a real swing game" regarding the direction of his team's season.
July 16, 2014 |
Louis "Red" Klotz, 93, a Philadelphian whose basketball life spanned much of the game's history and produced a historic legacy of losing, died Saturday at his Margate, N.J., home. Mr. Klotz won championships at South Philadelphia High, with the barnstorming Philadelphia Sphas and with the NBA's Baltimore Bullets. But it was with the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters' longtime foils, that the 5-foot-7 redhead made a lasting impact. Mr. Klotz, whose family still owns the team, founded the Generals in 1952.