June 20, 1988 |
When I heard the metallic pop of a baseball connecting with an aluminum bat, I was reminded of what Tug McGraw once observed about how baseball had changed over the years. In the old days, and I don't necessarily mean the Ty Cobb era, if a player made solid contact with the ball, he was said to have gotten "good wood. " "What do we say now?" McGraw asked. "He got 'good aluminum?' " Other than that, the scene at John Boyce Memorial Field in Roxborough looked very similar to ones I remembered years ago when I used to watch a lot of amateur baseball.
June 5, 1993 |
John Matta popped out of the dugout wearing a smile as bright as the sun. His Central High baseball teammates had just finished pounding his back and yelling his name and now, a reporter wanted to pelt him with questions. Matta made a general comment about being surprised. Then, he gently shook his head from side to side, took a sweeping look around Hank DeVincent Field at La Salle University and muttered, "To be honest with you, I don't believe what I just did. " Matta, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior righthander, pitched a five-hitter (all singles)
November 29, 1991 |
Harry Rolls has the perfect last name for an All-Public bowler, which he is. Since he stands 5-7 and weighs 230 pounds, some folks routinely suggest that Rolls has a body that should be rolled down an alley. "When people tell me that, I don't pay them any mind," Rolls said, good- naturedly. " . . . But I guess I am kind of built that way. " Yesterday, Rolls made the biggest play of his varsity football career with 1:04 remaining in the 20th Thanksgiving game between Roxborough and Roman Catholic.
May 9, 1989 |
A memorial service will be held Saturday for Claudia Grant, retired director of the old Wharton Centre, a settlement house in North Central Philadelphia. Grant, who died Wednesday, was 90 and lived in the Roxborough section of the city. Grant was director of the settlement house in the 1700 block of N. 22nd Street for 32 years, retiring in 1968. Upon her retirement, a scholarship was established in her name. "She was an extraordinary woman. She had a strong influence over the lives of the young people with whom she worked," said Hazel Fleming, a longtime friend, ". . . She was a warm, friendly outgoing person who was very much interested in helping those who were deprived and disadvantaged.
February 14, 2012
A 22-year-old man was killed in a car crash Monday afternoon in the city's Roxborough section, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was driving a Volkswagen at 1:34 p.m. when it struck a curb, swerved into oncoming traffic, and struck another vehicle in the 6000 block of Henry Avenue, police said. The driver of the Volkswagen was transported to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor cuts and bruises.
June 3, 1993 |
The first thing Jason Russ couldn't believe was that Frankford High's baseball fans were continuing to razz him. The next thing he couldn't believe was how successfully he forced those fans to cease their noisemaking. Russ, a senior and lefthanded batter, plays first base for Roxborough. In the seventh inning yesterday, after Sean Gray singled, Russ smashed a two-run homer over the rightfield fence and out onto Large Street (and off a house on one bounce) to give the visiting Indians a 4-2 victory in an entertaining Public League quarterfinal.
May 18, 2001 |
Brian Corbett put on his Lincoln High baseball uniform yesterday for the first time in weeks. "It felt good to be back," he said. Corbett missed the final three games of the regular season after the Public League ruled him ineligible because he was not properly enrolled at Swenson Skills Center, which is Lincoln's partner school. Back in the lineup, Corbett helped the visiting Railsplitters beat Roxborough, 11-1, in the second round of the Public League playoffs. "I thought we were a championship team from the start of the season," said Corbett, the second baseman, who went 1 for 4. "So I felt bad. " Corbett said the entire matter was a mistake, a paper mix-up.
August 7, 1990 |
The cashier from Southwest Philadelphia was a suicidal doper. The college kid from the Northeast was a coke-sniffing car thief. The Jersey teenager was dosing cocaine and marijuana. The Roxborough guy was known as "Cash and Carry," a small-time drug dealer and fall-down drunk. That was a year or two ago. Now the four of them are sharing a rowhouse in Roxborough. They are clean and sober and living in a place they call "Recovery Town. " In their section of Roxborough, where four substance abuse treatment organizations are located, the four live among hundreds of other recovering drug and alcohol abusers.
October 6, 1990 |
Derrik Millhouse had a smile on his face as he staggered across the football field yesterday and collapsed at the feet of his Dobbins teammates. "I'm exhausted," he said as a fellow Mustang extended a hand and helped him back to his feet. It was an appropriate gesture, considering that Millhouse had drained himself by picking up Dobbins several times in its 20-8 Public League win over visiting Roxborough yesterday. The junior, a second-year starter at quarterback, also plays defensive back - but usually just for a couple of plays a game.