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.
July 14, 2015 |
TOMMY LASORDA says he and Pete Rose are friends. Could've fooled us. The former Dodgers manager told the Los Angeles Times over the weekend that Rose has no business participating in pregame ceremonies at tomorrow night's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Never mind that Charlie Hustle is beloved in the town where he played and managed. There are, apparently, no gray areas in Lasorda's Dodger Blue world. "You have got to be out," Lasorda told the Times. "He has got to be suspended for life.
May 9, 2014 |
TOMMY LASORDA doesn't mince words. The former Dodgers manager recently took a swing at V. Stiviano, while addressing the Donald Sterling racism scandal. Lasorda, a Norristown native, told WPBF in West Palm Beach that he wasn't surprised by Sterling's taped comments, which got the the Clippers owner banned from the NBA. "I've been a friend of that guy's for 30 years," Lasorda said. "It doesn't surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn't have said it. He just hurt himself by talking too much and doing things he shouldn't be doing.
February 2, 2013 |
Msgr. Henry B. Degnan, 91, retired pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Aston, who delivered wise counsel and one-liners along with the homily, died Monday, Jan. 28, of a heart attack at Mercy Suburban Hospital. "It's heaven's gain," said the Rev. Joseph C. Dieckhaus of Exton, a friend and colleague. Msgr. Degnan, known as "Harry," was born on Aug. 20, 1921, the Feast of St. Bernard, from which his middle name was derived. Raised in Norristown, Msgr. Degnan attended St. Patrick School, but was expected to take public transportation to West Catholic High School for Boys.
June 7, 2012 |
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was in New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday after what the team called a "mild" heart attack. The 84-year-old Hall of Famer became ill Monday while in town to represent the club at the Major League Baseball draft. The Norristown native was resting comfortably after doctors inserted a stent to correct a blocked artery, the team said in a release. "The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue," Lasorda chirped in the statement.
January 27, 2012
AT HIS Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2005, Ryne Sandberg gravitated toward his people. Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken, Joe Morgan, Robin Yount. Second baseman, shortstops, guys who could play their position well and hit for average and hit it out of the park. Two summers later, Sandberg naturally gravitated toward his people again at the annual ceremony. Only this time the names were guys like Tommy Lasorda and Earl Weaver - ham-and-eggers as players, world champions as managers.
December 1, 2011
Observations, Insinuations, Ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . . 'MY FUNNY Valentine" is one of the great standards of our rich popular-music culture. The timeless Rodgers and Hart classic has been performed by every major artist, vocally by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Eckstine - even actress Michelle Pfeiffer crooned it in "The Fabulous Baker Boys. " But its real staying power and endless musical possibilities have been interpreted by just about every jazz great from boppers Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan to smooth-jazz star Chris Botti . . . "My Funny Valentine" ceased to be funny to the rest of the American League East yesterday when the Boston Red Sox segued from the final dysfunctional season of unfocused manager Terry Francona to the brilliant baseball mind and firm hand of Bobby Valentine.
September 19, 2011
SHE (STILL) DON'T give a damn 'bout her bad reputation, but looks like celebrated '80s guitar goddess Joan Jett will always love rock 'n' roll - even when she turns 53 this Thursday. Jett, a/k/a Joan Marie Larkin, spent her first nine years on the Main Line. (Wonder what her hair looked like then, and whether leather pants came in her size?) Now a New Yorker, she remains America's rebellion-streaked everywoman, with no plans to quit stomping stages. What do the planets plan for punk's godmother?
July 21, 2011
IN ANOTHER TIME, in another day, the events that transpired during last week's All-Star Game would be viewed benignly, even humorously. Bruce Bochy wouldn't be that devious to try and wear out the Phillies' two best-paid aces while saving his own. He wouldn't be that calculating to plot this far in advance, knowing his decisions that night would result in a distinct advantage when the Giants come to town for next week's playoff rematch at...
October 18, 2009
We'd like to welcome all you Dodger fans to Philly. We think you'll find a lot of similarities between our two cities. You've got Sean Penn, we've got Billy Penn, who's been higher longer. You've got Tom Cruise, we've got rowing crews, which, on particularly cold mornings along the Schuylkill, also could be considered numb sculls. You've got Alycia Lane, and we've got Larry Mendte. Who said life was fair? Anyway, here are some tips for your stay in our city: Parking: Don't.