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Thursday, October 13, 2011, 2:36 PM
I understand that Ryan Howard isn’t a football player. But he is a professional athlete and as such, his torn Achilles tendon ought to raise serious concerns for Phillies fans. A 2010 study by Duke researchers that appeared in the journal, “Foot and Ankle Specialist” revealed that... Read more

The Last Time the Phils were ERA Champs

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 10:59 AM
The 1952 baseball season enjoyed a renaissance of sorts during Wednesday’s wild wild-card finish to 2011. The Red Sox, who went 7-20, in the final month, hadn’t lost that many September games since 1952. And the Phillies ended up leading the National League in ERA for the first time... Read more

The NFL's Ongoing Headache

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 2:01 PM
If Michael Vick's vision isn’t too fuzzy, and the fog engulfing his consciousness not too dense, the concussed Eagles quarterback might want to thank Joseph Mason Reeves. Reeves too was a football player, a genus of athlete noteworthy for its tendency to be both headstrong and head-weak. His... Read more

Oh No, Our Phillies Are Folding!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 11:41 AM
I don’t care how many division titles the Phillies have won in succession, you can’t take the Philadelphia out of Philadelphians. Despite the greatest regular season in Phillies history, a couple of meaningless losses in meaningless games has much of this city’s fan base in a red-(and-white)hot... Read more


Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 2:45 PM
1. Gene Mauch – Crazed in the dugout, cursed by fate, propelled by hidden fires. 2. Wilt Chamberlain – Dominated opponents but never himself. As odd and enigmatic as he was talented. 3. Allen Iverson – Honed a studied street toughness and yet dissolved tears on his return here... Read more

When Temple Beat Penn State

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 3:17 PM
The shape of the future would have surprised them all as, inside the East Mount Airy house that served as Owl Stadium's home locker room, Temple's football team changed out of its wet and muddy football uniforms that long-ago Saturday. It was Oct. 18, 1941, and the Owls had just beaten Penn State... Read more

The Post-9/11 Phillies Renaissance

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 2:51 PM
In baseball time, 10 years is an eye-blink. The old ballgame, overloaded with tradition, moves determinedly yet ploddingly, like Carlos Ruiz going first-to-third. That’s why the post-millennial transformation of the Phillies from a meek to mighty franchise is so astonishing. Just 10 years... Read more

Remembering Catholic League basketball

Friday, August 26, 2011, 3:11 PM
Catholic League basketball. Even now the phrase evokes a dewy-eyed smile, though that Philadelphia institution’s import and distinctiveness have dimmed, much like the role of the Catholic church itself in our aging Boomer lives. It was a small and short-lived universe, a world of Converse and... Read more

Connie Mack's football team preceded the Eagles

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 10:10 AM
For 50 years and more than 7,500 regular-season games, Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics to widely varying levels of success on the baseball field. Few recall, however, that for one chilly autumn in 1902 - 18 years before the league that eventually became the National Football League... Read more

WILT'S 75th II

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 4:22 PM
In recognition of the 75th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's birth on Aug. 21, here's a look at what was perhaps the Dipper's most memorable high school game: By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Jimmy Usilton Jr. recognized talent when he saw it. And West Catholic High School's 37-year-old... 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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