November 1, 2014 |
DICK ALLEN, a former MVP and seven-time All-Star, was announced as one of the 10 candidates eligible for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame through a veterans committee. Any candidate that receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee will earn election into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown. This winter, the veterans committee is selecting from players and executives whose contributions came during the "Golden Era," from 1947-72.
April 25, 2014 |
George Rubin, vice chairman and former president of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), is stepping down from the firm at the end of May. According to a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rubin will receive "approximately $2.6 million with his departure. " Rubin, 70, is the brother of PREIT's executive chairman, Ronald Rubin. He has been an officer of the commercial real estate company since 1997, when it merged with the Rubin Organization, a family-owned firm founded by Richard I. Rubin, father to George and Ronald.
March 19, 2014 |
THEY'LL BE A baseball connection, of sorts, when Math Civics and Sciences plays St. John Neumann of Williamsport in tonight's PIAA Class A basketball semifinals. Sitting in the stands at East Pennsboro High in Enola will be Richard Allen Jr., the son of former Phillies slugger Dick Allen. Playing for Neumann will be Richard Allen III, or "Tre," as he is known, the ballplayer's grandson. When he's not watching his son play hoops, Allen Jr. is campaigning to get his now-72-year-old father, who works on the Phillies' community-relations team, into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
January 11, 2013 |
WHEN PAUL HAGEN was named the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing" last month, he never gave it a thought that he just might be the only living person to be honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame during induction weekend, July 26-28 in Cooperstown, N.Y. But that will be the case. With steroid-linked stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa eligible for the first time, members of the Baseball Writers Association of America didn't vote in a single player.
December 5, 2012 |
Former all-star outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced Monday to 61/2 months in prison for hiding baseball gloves and other heirlooms from his playing days that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing, capping a tumultuous year of legal woes. The judge saddled Dykstra with 500 hours of community service and also ordered him to pay $200,000 in restitution. Dykstra, 49, apologized for his actions and promised to turn his life around. "I don't think I'm a bad person," said Dykstra, who was in handcuffs and wearing a white prison-issued jumpsuit.
February 25, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. - Reggie Miller has a chance to nail his legacy, just as he did so many three-point shots. The Indiana Pacers great was announced Friday as a first-time finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is one of 12 finalists for the Class of 2012. Miller, a five-time all-star, was joined as a first-time finalist by five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. On the ballot again are Maurice Cheeks, Don Nelson, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women's professional basketball team.
December 6, 2011 |
Ron Santo, the barrel-chested Chicago Cubs third baseman, was elected to the Hall of Fame Monday, overwhelmingly chosen by the Veterans Committee nearly a year to the day after he died hoping for the honor. "It's really exciting because so many years that we had parties over to his house in spring training saying, 'This is the year,' " said Hall of Fame teammate Billy Williams, a member of the voting panel. Santo, who played in the majors from 1960 to 1974, was a nine-time all-star, hit 342 home runs, and won five Gold Gloves.
November 4, 2011
I do not think Dick Allen belongs in the baseball Hall of Fame. I'm quite sure, however, that the Wampum Walloper belongs among the candidates listed on the Golden Era ballot that was released Thursday by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And, yet, the list of players and executives selected from the era between 1947 and 1972 did not include the Phillies' first African-American star. Five position players - Ron Santo, Ken Boyer, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva and Gil Hodges - three pitchers - Jim Kaat, Luis Tiant and Allie Reynolds - and two executives - Buzzie Bavasi and Charlie Finley - were among the candidates selected by a Historical Overview Committee that was comprised of 11 members from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
January 6, 2011 |
SANDY ALOMAR SR. played for the Yankees in the mid-1970s. He used to bring his sons to the ballpark with him. That was the first time Pat Gillick, then New York's scouting coordinator, saw Roberto Alomar. In 1990, when Gillick was general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, he traded Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres for Robbie Alomar and Joe Carter in a blockbuster deal. He still laughs when he tells the story of how McGriff was his wife's favorite player and Doris scolded him and told him to get back from the winter meetings before he screwed up the team any further; she relented somewhat after Alomar played an integral role in the Jays' world championships in 1992 and '93. Gillick became general manager of the Baltimore Orioles in November 1995.
November 28, 2010 |
A veterans committee for baseball's Hall of Fame will meet next week at the game's annual winter meetings to judge the merits of 12 candidates recently selected for approval by yet another committee. It is a somewhat convoluted process intended to give due consideration to those who might have slipped through the cracks of the Hall of Fame, which has notorious gaps in the floorboards. The Historical Oversight Committee, focused this time on the last 40 years of baseball, came up with a list that covers the gamut from great players (Vida Blue)