April 11, 2016
Speaking from across the Delaware River in Camden, Walt Whitman described baseball as "America's game," with "the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere. " As the 2016 season starts, consider Shibe Park, onetime home to Philadelphia's Athletics and Phillies, demolished 40 years ago this year. Named after Athletics majority owner Ben Shibe, the stadium was bounded by what are now West Lehigh Avenue and North 20th, West Somerset, and North 21st Streets. Unlike the then-popular wooden and brick "bowls," Shibe Park boasted a skeleton of steel and concrete - baseball's first.
July 9, 2012 |
I HAD LEARNED at an early age that baseball was a business. So, when the nun asked our first-grade class how many boys wanted to see the Philadelphia A's win the World Series game being played that day in Shibe Park against Chicago, every boy's hand shot up in the air — except mine. Why did I want to see Chicago win? Because the Series would go an extra game and we would make more money. With the Phillies mired in last place, fans are criticizing the performance of the players and questioning decisions made by the organization.
July 10, 2011
1. b. Comiskey Park, Chicago. 2. a. 1943, in Shibe Park. 3. c. 1996, in Veterans Stadium. 4. d. Johnny Callison, in 1964. 5. b. Jimmy Rollins, in 2001. 6. c. Richie Ashburn. 7. c. Pete Rose, in 1985, playing for the Cincinnati Reds, was 44 years, 3 months, and 2 days old. 8. d. Bobby Abreu. 9. a. Charlie Manuel, in 2009 and '10. 10. Mack, 1933; Sawyer, '51; Mauch, '65; Green, '81; Owens, '84; Fregosi, '94; Manuel, 2009 and '10.
June 24, 2011
By Rich Westcott The Philadelphia Athletics are long gone and mostly forgotten. But thanks to interleague play, the Oakland Athletics are in town for a three-game series against the Phillies starting tonight. The unusual visit serves as a nostalgic reminder of a team that once held a special place among the city's professional sports franchises. In the distant past, Philadelphia had two major-league baseball teams. One, of course, was the Phillies, now a fixture in the city for 128 years.
May 12, 2011
Killers have lived 24 years too many I can recall the first time I read about the slaying of Anthony Milano ("Execution in gay hate murder is on hold," May 5). It was in the late 1980s. As a gay man myself, I was certainly aware of the depth of anti-gay hatred in our society and had had my own painful experiences, but Milano's incomprehensibly brutal murder raised the horrifying reality of homophobia to a whole new level. I can't begin to imagine the terror that young man endured that night, or the pain and suffering his family and friends have endured since.
November 23, 2010 |
NO MATTER what next occupies the southeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, it will always be remembered as the place where the Spectrum stood. Although the Spectrum's footprint will eventually be filled by Philly Live! - a proposed retail and entertainment complex - the landmark arena will be lost to time like so many other iconic sports venues that once drew thousands of fans. As the wrecking ball starts to tear down the Spectrum today at noon, the Daily News takes a look at other stadiums and arenas that have been razed in the city over the last 60 years, and what has become of the once-hallowed grounds on which they stood.
November 16, 2010 |
In eight days, when a four-ton wrecking ball begins to pummel it like a Broad Street Bully, the Spectrum, a landmark arena that launched a sporting renaissance in Philadelphia, will crumble into oblivion after months of pre-demolition ballyhoo but almost no opposition. Its impending demise points out something contradictory about this sports-mad city: No matter how rich their history, Philadelphia venues such as Convention Hall, Connie Mack Stadium, Municipal Stadium, the old Arena, and now the Spectrum seem to be expendable in a way that more historically authentic or architecturally appealing structures often are not. While threats to old and ornate buildings or to prized works of art (remember the battles that kept Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic and Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden in Philadelphia?
October 20, 2010 |
ON THE shelf in my office next to my Jimmy Rollins bobblehead stands a picture of one of my favorite teams, the 1930 Philadelphia A's. In October, 80 years ago, they'd won their second pennant in a row, with 102 wins and only 52 losses, and were looking forward to winning their second straight World Series. I'd rooted for them all year from my house across the street from Shibe Park. As I look at the photo, I pick out the three ace pitchers who led them to the championship: lefties Robert Moses "Lefty" Grove (28-5)
September 13, 2010 |
SURROUNDED BY friends in the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot, a bottle of champagne in his hands and a midnight-green McNabb jersey on his back, 72-year-old Burrell Massey, of West Philadelphia, had a lot to enjoy. Yesterday, Massey celebrated the 60th anniversary of his first Eagles game at Shibe Park - not to mention 50 years since he attended the Eagles championship game of 1960, and also the 30th year that his group has been tailgating together. "I have a lot to be thankful for," said Massey, who's also celebrating that his grandson is entering his senior year at Malvern Prep as an Interacademic All-American.
June 18, 2010 |
THE PHILLIES are supposed to be the class of the National League. At the moment, however, they're puttering along in third place. Somebody pulled the plug on the offense. Key pieces to the puzzle are missing. They've lost roughly twice as many games as they've won in the last month. Seeking solace, some have gone to the archives and found similar stretches of futility in the last three seasons. Each time, the ship was righted and the club went on to make the playoffs, winning two pennants and a World Series in the process.