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WILT'S 75th

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 4:18 PM
Philadelphia's all-time greatest athlete, Wilt Chamberlain, would have turned 75 on Aug. 21. Here's a story and a list of facts about the incredible Dipper: By Frank Fitzpatrick , Inquirer Staff Writer Tonight, when his No. 13 is hoisted to the Spectrum ceiling and is officially retired by the 76ers... Read more

THE NORTHEAST RULES!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 10:35 AM
Yo, all youse baseball pretenders out there in the Midwest, the Pacific Coast, the Bible Belt, the Southwest, us guys here in the Northeast can kick your sorry asses! That's right, our rude little region of the country, that tiny geographic patch united by history and Amtrak, is the baseball capital... Read more

Philly's First Baseball Champions

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 12:16 PM
By Frank Fitzpatrick , Inquirer Staff Writer Their playing field has long since vanished, the once pastoral site at 25th and Jefferson Streets in North Philadelphia now occupied by a school and rows of brick homes. No one seems to know where to find the pennant they won and boldly displayed in... Read more

Baseball's Missile Problem

Friday, July 8, 2011, 11:10 AM
(When a Texas Rangers fan, trying to catch a ball thrown his way by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, fell to his death Thursday night, the questions about baseballs hit and thrown into the stands were raised again: Should players be tossing balls to fans, often precipitating mad rushes and angry skirmishes?... Read more

Ben Hogan's Merion Comeback

Saturday, July 2, 2011, 9:27 AM
With the AT&T National underway at Aronimink Golf Club, here’s the fourth in a series of blog posts on other noteworthy tournaments in Philadelphia’s golfing past. 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club They finished the 1950 U.S. Open with 36 holes of golf on Saturday. That was about... Read more

When Nelson's Streak Hit Philly

Friday, July 1, 2011, 11:33 AM
With the AT&T National underway at Aronimink Golf Club, here’s the third in a series of blog posts on other noteworthy tournaments in Philadelphia’s golfing past: 1945 Philadelphia Inquirer Invitation at Llanerch Country Club They didn't know it when they rose early on June 17, 1945... Read more

Bobby Jones Grand Slam at Merion

Thursday, June 30, 2011, 3:45 PM
With the AT&T National underway at Aronimink Golf Club, here’s the second in a series of blog posts on other noteworthy golf tournaments in Philadelphia’s past: 1930 U.S. Amateur, Merion Golf Club Picturesque as Merion Golf Club's 11th hole is - with a rolling brook slicing across... Read more

Philadelphia golf memories

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 2:00 PM
With the AT&T National underway at Aronimink Golf Club, here’s the first in a series of blog posts on other noteworthy golf tournaments in Philadelphia’s past: The 1939 U.S. Open, the Spring Mill Course of the Philadelphia Country Club: The darkness at the bottom of the cup summoned... Read more

The Men Manuel Is Chasing

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 11:17 AM
Charlie Manuel won his 594th game as the Phillies manager Tuesday night. By season’s end, the hayseed who conquered a hard-as-nails town could have more victories than any manager in franchise history. Only Harry Wright (636) and Gene Mauch (646) have more. Curiously, Wright and Mauch, one a... Read more

Rory's Face

Monday, June 20, 2011, 11:48 AM
It was the spring of 1994 in Clearwater and Phillies manager Jim Fregosi had just gotten his first extended look at a young pitcher named Ricky Bottalico. “I like the kid,” Fregosi told reporters. “He’s got good face.” And he was right. Bottalico had flames in his dark... 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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