May 20, 2016 |
THERE WAS one out and the bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth Sunday afternoon when Odubel Herrera came to the plate, the Phillies still trailing by five runs. David Lough had just worked a walk on a 3-2 pitch, a great veteran at-bat, forcing a pitching change and breathing more hope amid a Citizens Bank crowd of 27,869, many looking for yet another reason for another return to the cathedral they once attended regularly. Herrera, whose improved plate discipline has been one of the many surprising success stories of Pete Mackanin's brief managerial reign, stepped into the batter's box, took a ball, and then hacked at a pitch well beyond the strike zone, grounding feebly back to the pitcher.
January 8, 2016 |
Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday completes a curiously connected trinity of locally born Dodgers. He now joins Roy Campanella and Tommy Lasorda as the last link in a chain that began more than a half-century ago in Brooklyn. Like Piazza, the manager who had a brief mid-'50s career as a pitcher was born in Norristown. One of his closest friends was Vince Piazza, his future catcher's father and another Norristown native. It's that Norristown connection, as much as anything, that Piazza can credit for his big-league career, not to mention his Hall of Fame selection.
June 5, 2015 |
Duce Staley was LeSean McCoy's position coach with the Eagles for two seasons. He ran behind Tra Thomas for six seasons and worked alongside him as a coach for two more. McCoy and Thomas made headlines this offseason with incendiary comments about Chip Kelly and race. McCoy, traded to the Bills in March, said that Kelly got rid of "all the good black players" the fastest. Thomas, whom the Eagles didn't bring back as an assistant, said that some players thought there was "a hint of racism" in how the team was run. The former Pro Bowl tackle also pointed out that Staley is the only remaining position coach who is African American.
January 21, 2015 |
MOBILE, Ala. - Bill Davis, the defensive coordinator who kept trying to single-cover star receivers with Bradley Fletcher as the Eagles slipped from the playoff picture, remains secure in his post. But the late meltdown of the Birds' secondary has claimed some victims. Last week, former Pro Bowl corner Todd Lyght, who'd assisted Eagles defensive backs coach John Lovett the past two seasons, left to coach Vanderbilt's corners. Yesterday the Eagles announced that Lovett is now a pro scout.
November 21, 2014 |
ZACH ERTZ sat down with his tight-end coaches, Ted Williams and Justin Peelle, in deep despair just a few weeks ago, Ertz said yesterday. Ertz's 30 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns through 10 games aren't adding up to the breakthough year to stardom many observers predicted, the year Ertz expected of himself. In fact, Eagles coach Chip Kelly, asked yet again yesterday why Ertz isn't getting more snaps and catches, basically told reporters it's because 8-year veteran Brent Celek is still a better all-around player, and a better fit for Kelly's offense.
August 4, 2014 |
William D. Widerman was a starting pitcher for the Duke University baseball team and a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program intended to produce officers during World War II. There came a time when his North Carolina college team played an exhibition game against a military team, starring no less than the Red Sox leftfielder Ted Williams, who had led the American League in homers in 1941 and 1942. The reason that the major-league star was playing against a college team, likely in 1943, is lost to Widerman family memory, but a Marines website reports that some of Williams' training to become a Marine Corps pilot took place at Chapel Hill, N.C. The Splendid Splinter made the day memorable.
July 21, 2014 |
It was just past midnight on May 1, 1952, when Capt. Ted Williams, recalled by the Marines during the Korean War, reported to Willow Grove Naval Air Station for refresher training. The unusual arrival hour had its purpose. Williams wanted to avoid the local press. "These Philadelphia writers," the Boston Red Sox star told a friend who'd accompanied him here, "are the worst. " Despite that assessment, it would have been a delight to cover Williams. For all his eccentricities and crudities, his stubbornness and immaturity, the Red Sox superstar was, I believe, the last honest ballplayer in America.
November 24, 2013 |
Dan Williams said that someday he will sit back and enjoy his place at the top of the state record book. "Maybe when I'm old and have kids," Williams said. For now, the Timber Creek senior quarterback insists he's more focused on team goals than individual accomplishments. So it was left for others to rave about Williams' performance in setting a state single-game record with 532 passing yards along with six touchdown passes in a 47-13 victory over Kingsway in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals on Friday night.
August 31, 2013 |
When Dan Williams thinks about the 2012 football season, he doesn't focus on the triumphant ending. That would be easy. Williams passed for five touchdowns as Timber Creek set a South Jersey record for points in a sectional final with a 57-27 victory over Kingsway in the South Jersey Group 4 title game. But the son of longtime Eagles assistant coach Ted Williams knows better than to bask in the glory of that sensational performance. Williams prefers to remember what it took for him to reach the mountain-top on that cold December night at Rowan University.
July 26, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Had Domonic Brown known he would miss at least two games when informing a team athletic trainer of concussion-like symptoms, he may have hidden his dizziness Tuesday night. His head had slammed into the warning-track dirt in left field when he unsuccessfully dove for a fly ball. "I feel good," Brown said a day later. "I feel like I'm back to normal, honestly. " But the Phillies outfielder cannot play until Friday at the earliest. Major League Baseball's protocol calls for extensive concussion testing before a player can be approved for action.