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October 1, 2003 | By Doreen Fera
When I was a kid, I carried my mitt to the 700 level of Veterans Stadium and sat on the edge of my seat for every pitch, waiting for a long ball to be hit to me. Right to me. Though it would have been the longest of long shots, I never doubted that "The Bull," Greg Luzinski, could reach me. Or that Mike Schmidt could power one my way. I always believed. And when the "Tugger" pitched the ball that made the Phillies world champions in my lifetime, I was a high school girl, but still in love with the game and its players.
NEWS
September 17, 2004 | By Wendy Ruderman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Back when Veterans Stadium was more than a memory, shortly before 3,000 pounds of explosives reduced it to a heap of twisted steel and smashed concrete, the arena's caretakers carefully carved up its vital parts. Out came the lights, seats, turf, outfield wall, infield dirt, electronic scoreboard, and on and on. Now bits of the Vet, where the Phillies and Eagles played for more than three decades, can be found where the thwack of a Little League baseball, the thump of an amateur soccer ball, the gurrrr of a high school football tackle are heard.
SPORTS
January 13, 1988 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / RON CORTES
SOMEWHERE NEAR SECOND BASE, workers attend to the drainage system at Veterans Stadium. The Trinity Paving Co. is digging up the old artificial turf to install a new one.
SPORTS
April 14, 1999 | DAVID MAIALETTI/ DAILY NEWS
Phillies manager Terry Francona autographs a baseball for Ray Felix during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel. The 4-4 Phils were idle yesterday. They host the Braves tonight at Veterans Stadium.
NEWS
November 25, 1987 | Special to the Daily News by Norman Lono
Mayor Goode shows his winning form with a football as senior city officials beat the Philadelphia Naval Base, 38-0, in a 20-minute touch-football game yesterday at Veterans Stadium. The players took the field to promote the Army- Navy game on Dec. 5 at the Vet.
NEWS
May 6, 1999 | CHARLES FOX / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Fourth grader Derek Gallo stands out by not standing out among taller students in the Upper Darby School District's "Mega Band," estimated to have 900 members, at Veterans Stadium. On Tuesday, the band played a pre-game show before the Phillies took on the Padres. District officials said they thought the band set a record as the Vet's largest musical ensemble. No records exist.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Thomas Kearney III was a young boy, he accidentally hit a nun in the head with an errant throw while playing catch in the St. Bernadette schoolyard. "My father said when he found out about it, 'There's no absolution for this!' " Kearney said. Kearney figured he would soon be in hell. He ended up at a ball game. The annual Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) national convention is in Philadelphia this week. Most picture SABR members as stat-heads and mathematicians.
NEWS
September 29, 2003
THE LAST GAME has been played and the tributes have been paid. Soon the concrete bowl in South Philadelphia - the latest in stadium fashions 32 years ago - will disappear from sight, if not from memory. Few are sorry to see it go. Veterans Stadium was a hard place to get excited about. But when all is said and done - and just about all has - there is this epitaph: If all you were interested in was seeing a baseball game, Veterans Stadium was a pretty good place to watch one. The sight lines were good.
SPORTS
October 23, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Chicago Bears quarterback Cade McNown blamed the notorious artificial turf at Veterans Stadium for the separated left (throwing) shoulder he suffered in yesterday's loss to the Eagles. McNown, driven into the turf by Eagles linebacker Mike Caldwell, could be out a month or more. "I think a lot of it, to be honest, had to do with how hard the surface I landed on was," McNown said. "I haven't played on that hard of a surface. The field as hard as it is, you go down and it's like concrete.
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November 1, 2013
RECENTLY, while cleaning my closet by the light of a lovely blue moon, I uncovered a treasure trove of photo albums. Mixed in with the pictures of relatives, friends and pets, there was an unusual number of Eagles shots. 1971: A wide-angle view of a sold-out Veterans Stadium. 1978: My brothers holding a team banner with a heartbreakingly hopeful expression in their young eyes. 1982: First game after my father's death, three siblings trying to look happy. There were more photos of Eagles-related activities than of either grandmother, which is both impressive and troubling.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Thomas Kearney III was a young boy, he accidentally hit a nun in the head with an errant throw while playing catch in the St. Bernadette schoolyard. "My father said when he found out about it, 'There's no absolution for this!' " Kearney said. Kearney figured he would soon be in hell. He ended up at a ball game. The annual Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) national convention is in Philadelphia this week. Most picture SABR members as stat-heads and mathematicians.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Rosemary Davolos Curtis and her brothers and sisters got to run the bases at the Vet two years before Larry Bowa and Tim McCarver did. In 1969, construction had been completed on Veterans Stadium, but it would not open until 1971. So on one memorable day in '69, Frank A. Davolos Sr. took Rosemary and his other children to the Vet and let them run on the base paths and across the empty field. "I remember running on the AstroTurf and having a good time with it," Curtis recalled.
SPORTS
May 9, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
PROMINENT AREA businessman Marty Judge has been the driving force behind a unique Army-Navy indoor football game for veterans that will be played June 22 after the Soul's game at the Wells Fargo Center. The purpose of the game is to bring attention to the difficulties members of the armed services have trying to re-enter the workforce. Judge also is a part owner of the Soul. Former Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs already has promised his support. There will be tryouts leading up to the game, including this Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.
NEWS
August 27, 2007 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jim Thome first walked onto the field at Citizens Bank Park, he had a sensation akin to that of a very hungry man entering a bakery and picking up the scent of a buttercream layer cake. Something was in the air, and he knew he was going to like it. Thome, who hit 47 home runs in 2003, the Phillies' last year at the Vet, still remembers that first batting practice, on April 3, 2004, as the ball club prepared to open its brand-new stadium with an exhibition game. "The ball carried really well," Thome recalled on a June visit with his current team, the Chicago White Sox. Really well.
SPORTS
March 17, 2005 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sports fans getting agitated about the Phillies' parking situation probably can safely return to getting agitated about the hitting and pitching situations. Yes, it is taking the Phillies significantly longer than promised to convert the Veterans Stadium demolition site into parking for Citizens Bank Park. Still, the team says there are more parking spaces around the sports complex than ever. That number, they say, is close to 20,000. Team officials said yesterday that, if the weather cooperates, the muddy land at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue should be "parkable," if not fully paved, by opening day on April 4. That would bring on line 2,000 more spaces.
NEWS
September 17, 2004 | By Wendy Ruderman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Back when Veterans Stadium was more than a memory, shortly before 3,000 pounds of explosives reduced it to a heap of twisted steel and smashed concrete, the arena's caretakers carefully carved up its vital parts. Out came the lights, seats, turf, outfield wall, infield dirt, electronic scoreboard, and on and on. Now bits of the Vet, where the Phillies and Eagles played for more than three decades, can be found where the thwack of a Little League baseball, the thump of an amateur soccer ball, the gurrrr of a high school football tackle are heard.
NEWS
March 22, 2004 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All that remains of Veterans Stadium, where the Phillies and Eagles played for more than three decades, is a vast pit ringed by shattered concrete and mangled steel. On the edge of the pit, a ticket window remains in one spot, strangely untouched. In other places, stumps of the outer pillars yet stand, some erect, others leaning inward. Elsewhere, there is nothing to suggest that once there was a 62,000-seat sports arena at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. Precisely at 7 a.m. yesterday, the Vet was imploded.
NEWS
March 20, 2004 | By Murray Dubin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pradeep Patel wants it understood that everyone was happy with Veterans Stadium for the first 10 years. "It was the crown jewel of Philadelphia," says Patel, who has more than a passing interest in the stadium that is set to collapse like pickup sticks in an implosion 7 a.m. tomorrow. And while there will surely be hurrahs as the 33-year-old former home of the Phillies and Eagles tumbles into rubble, no cheers will come from him. "It will be difficult for me emotionally," he admits.
SPORTS
December 23, 2003 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Inside, nearly three months after the final pitch, Veterans Stadium doesn't look that much different than it ever did. The artificial turf remains, as do the huge video screen and main scoreboard high in the seats beyond center field. But 60,000 seats are gone, as are most of the aluminum railings in the seating area. Gone, too, are the outfield fence, the dugout benches, and all the decorative touches that gave the place what personality it had. Outside, the oversize statue of a sliding baserunner and an infielder was removed yesterday, to be held in storage for the next year.
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