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AMERICAN IDLE

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:03 AM
Khruschev was partially right. The Soviets didn't bury us. But the world's athletes are doing a pretty good job of it. The 113th U.S. Open concluded Sunday at Merion with an Englishman, Justin Rose, its champion. That means seven of our last ten national championships have been won by non-Americans... Read more

GOLA SNUBBED

Friday, April 5, 2013, 11:55 AM
I know. Tom Gola wore shiny short-shorts and played in an era when set-shots and center jumps were still integral parts pf the game. But that's no reason to forget about the LaSalle legend. The NCAA today released its final listing of the 15 greatest players in NCAA Tournament history. Gola wasn't... Read more

PHILLY HOOPS DEFLATION?

Friday, April 5, 2013, 11:38 AM
Call it the Curse of Shields Tavern. Ever since the Drexel Hill bar that served as a gathering place for area coaches and referees, closed, many of its onetime habitues have found their names in the headlines for the wrong reasons. And with the recent resignations of Rutgers assistant Jimmy Martelli... Read more

BYNUM BUST BRINGS BACK A BAD MEMORY

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:16 AM
The Sixers ought to forget about big men. Outside of Moses Malone and WIlt Chamberlain -- and even they were gone shortly after leading the team to NBA titles -- the team's history of men in the middle has typically been one Manute Bol-sized disaster Andrew Bynum now joins a lengthy list of lengthy... Read more

ARMY-NAVY HEROES AND HEROICS

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 4:14 PM
2010 When retired Navy aviator Thomas J. Hudner Jr. walks toward midfield at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday afternoon for the coin toss to start the 111th Army-Navy game, the 2010 Navy cocaptains accompanying him will both be African Americans. Wyatt Middleton and Ricky Dobbs will make a fitting... Read more

BASEBALL'S MOST SHAMEFUL SNUB

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 12:54 PM
Frank Fitzpatrick Marvin Miller died yesterday at 95. Baseball owners ought to hang their heads in shame. The Baseball Hall of Fame's rejection of 93-year-old Marvin Miller, a snub that had the owners' greedy fingerprints all over it, was petty at best, unconscionable at worst. By any measure, Miller... Read more

The First Great American Golfer

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 2:20 PM
|(Tonight the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame inducts its ninth class. Here's a 2000 look at one of the most interesting new members.) By Frank Fitzpatrick On peasant Sunday afternoons in the decades after World War II, two old women would drive their big car up to the pro shop at Philadelphia... Read more

Statue of Limitations

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 1:51 PM
By Frank Fitzpatrick Inquirer Staff Writer So Philadelphia plans to erect a statue in honor of Joe Frazier. Nothing against Smokin’ Joe, but enough already with these monuments to sports heroes. Did we learn nothing from the fall of Joe Paterno and his bronzed likeness? Sometimes the subject... Read more

Statue of Limitations

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 1:51 PM
By Frank Fitzpatrick Inquirer Staff Writer So Philadelphia plans to erect a statue in honor of Joe Frazier. Nothing against Smokin’ Joe, but enough already with these monuments to sports heroes. Did we learn nothing from the fall of Joe Paterno and his bronzed likeness? Sometimes the subject... Read more

Remembering Karl Wallenda's tightrope walk across Veterans Stadium, 40 years later

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 1:21 PM
The following article by Frank Fitzpatrick was originally published on April 17, 2003, as part of an Inquirer series commemorating the final year of Veterans Stadium. This coming Friday, August 13, the Phillies will honor the 40th anniversary of Karl Wallenda's tightrope walk across Veterans Stadium... Read more
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Reporter Frank Fitzpatrick, a 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist, is covering his eighth Olympic Games and has yet to win a medal in anything except caffeine consumption. He has also been the beat writer for the Phillies, Eagles and Penn State football.

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