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Archive: May, 2011

A One-Game Wonder Remembered

Monday, May 30, 2011, 10:03 AM
Memorial Day always makes me think of Harry O'Neill. A major-league ballplayer, a World War II hero . . . O'Neill's story, I've often thought, might make a nice newspaper takeout, perhaps even a book or screenplay. His short life was as sweet as any imaginable. And as bitter. "Porky" O'Neill reached... Read more

We Can't Give Up the Boos

Monday, May 23, 2011, 4:15 PM
Disappointment always needs an outlet. Welcome to Philadelphia, the outlet capital of America. It was in 1967, I think, well after Dick Allen’s infamous batting-cage confrontation with Frank Thomas. Connie Mack Stadium was unusually full. The Dodgers were in town. The Phillies were out of the... Read more

Philly's Horse Racing Heritage

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 11:50 AM
(This week, when the Preakness Stakes is run in Baltimre and the Radnor Hunt Races in Willistown Township, seems like a good time to reflect on the Philadelphia area’s remarkable racing roots. Here are a couple of stories I did on that subject, the first in 2004, the second in 1999.) By Frank... Read more

No Offense, Philadelphia

Monday, May 16, 2011, 11:19 AM
OK, granted these 2011 Phillies go through stretches where it appears their offensive strategy must have been devised by Thomas Wolfe -- "You Can't Go Home Again". Though we all suspected that without Jayson Werth and with Chase Utley and Domonic Brown banged up, runs were sometimes going to be scarce... Read more

The Dad Vail and Thomas Eakins

Friday, May 13, 2011, 11:42 AM
This weekend the Dad Vail Regatta – a civic institution saved from an unthinkable relocation to New Jersey – is back in Philadelphia. The space the vast collegiate rowing event inhabits each spring, that wonderfully lush stretch along the Schuylkill’s banks, might be one of the best... Read more

The Dude Abideth No More

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 10:57 AM
If you assume, as most people do, that Lenny Dykstra used steroids, then the fact that all those muscles and pounds seemed to vanish as quickly as they appeared, was hardly a mystery. Sadly, a decade-and-a-half later, watching the former Phillie shed what little remains of his self-respect and reputation... 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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