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Which Philly Non-Hall of Famer Has Meant the Most to the City?

In Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies on June 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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My buddies and I are sitting around enjoying a couple cold beverages and talking Philly sports. What else is better than that? The following question led to some great debate.

 What Philadelphia Non – Hall of Famer has had the greatest impact on sports in the city?

 There were many names bounced back and forth, we tried to come up with one from each sport but it was awful hard to do so we agreed to settle on a few. We also talked about non-players like coaches, broadcasters, owners and general managers.

 Now keep in mind that nearly everyones favorites are the HOF guys who are the best players, but this discussion/argument eliminates Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Harry Kalas, Dr J, Billy Cunningham, Wilt Chamberlain, Steve VanBuren, Chuck Bednarik, Reggie White, Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Ed Snider. You get the point.

 The discussion left us with 4 Non – Hall of Fame men that we felt had the greatest impact on Philadelphia sports over their careers. Note, many may feel that Brian Dawkins may be on this list but we felt he was too current and he will be a Hall of Famer.

 Dick Vermeil – Vermeil turned the Eagles from losers to winners and took them to the Super Bowl. The Eagles franchise, for the most part, has been above average ever since. It’s safe to say Vermeil turned Philadelphia in to a football town.

 Dave Schultz – “The Hammer” of the Broad Street Bullies. Schultz brought the toughness to Philadelphia that has become the trademark of the city. He is still revered in the city while the Flyers have been one of the most consistently successful franchises since the arrival of “The Hammer”.

 Pete Rose – We may be sneaking this one in since Pete should be in the Hall of Fame as a player. He taught the Phillies how to win like no one else. Without him the World Series championship of 1980 doesn’t happen. To this day Philadelphia fans are looking for the “Pete Rose kinda guy” that will kick teammates butts and get the most out of them.

 Paul Owens – This was an interesting name, however, when you look at the facts you can’t argue that he belongs. Owens built the Phillies farm system by drafting Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, Bob Boone and Larry Bowa. He traded to get Tug McGraw, Garry Maddox and Bake McBride and pulled off the free agent signing of Pete Rose. Many forget that he made himself the manager in the middle of the 1983 season and led the “Wheez Kids” to the World Series. He was a member of the Phillies organization in some capacity from 1957 until his death in 2003.

 There you have our 4. I’d like to say that’s all the beverages we had to come up with that list.

 We’ve set up a poll to get your vote. Feel free to add the names of those that we missed. Click “other” in the vote box and add your choice by clicking on the “Respond” tab at the bottom and typing in your choice. Feel free to give your reasoning as well.

So who did I vote for?

 My vote goes to Dave Schultz.

 The toughness attitude that Schultz brought to Philadelphia is now known around the country and created the blue collar and tough guy attitude that the City of Philadelphia is know for. That attitude is being carried in to its 3rd generation. It’s carried in day-to-day life as well as by the fans of the other sports in the city. “The Hammer” gets my vote!!

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

In Philadelphia Phillies, Trivia on June 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

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Chase Utley is the Phillies all time leader in being hit by pitches with 153 to date.  I am second on the all time list with 88.  Do you know who I am?  By the way, the next active Phillies player on the list is Carlos Ruiz who has been hit just 47 times. 

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The Word of the Day – TEAM WORK – Krzyzewski

In The Word of the Day on June 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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TEAMWORK

 

“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.”

 

Mike Krzyzewski

 

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

In Philadelphia Eagles, Trivia on June 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

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I was the starting QB for the Philadelphia Eagles for 18 games over 3 seasons. We won 8 and lost 10, going 3-0, 2-3 and 3-7 in those years. The other QB during the same 3 year period started 24 games, we had a record of 7-17 with him as the starter. As you can guess our overall 3 year record of 15-27 wasn’t very good but one of my years was good enough to get me to my only Pro Bowl. Do you know who I am? As a bonus do you know who the other QB was??

 

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PENN STATE FOOTBALL

In Penn State Football, Trivia on June 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm

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Leading up to the 1974 NFL Draft, the 1973 Penn State posted a 12-0 record including a 16-9 victory over LSU in the Orange Bowl.  That team scored 447 points on offense while the outstanding defense allowed only 129 points. There were 10 Nittany Lions selected in the ’74 draft. Who was selected the highest?

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA 76ers

In Philadelphia 76ers, Trivia on June 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

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The 76ers made the playoffs in the 1990-91 season but didn’t make it again until the 1998-99 season. During the 7 seasons in between they had aan overall record of 181 wins and 393 losses. Their worst season in that stretch being 18-64. How many coaches did the team have during those 7 seasons? We’re looking for a number but if you know the name(s) add them as a bonus.

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

In Philadelphia Flyers, Trivia on June 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

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On February 13, 1973 against the New York Islanders I became the first Flyer in team history to score 4 goals in one game in our 8-2 victory. We were actually behind 2-0 after the 1st period and scored 8 unanswered goals. I scored 3 of my goals in the 2nd period and one in the 3rd. Two were on the power play and two were even strength. Do you know who I am?

 

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

In Philadelphia Phillies, Trivia on June 21, 2013 at 7:40 am

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There are 4 players in Philadelphia Phillies history to score over 1000 runs in their career. We will give you #2, Ed Delahanty, since he played before the modern era. Can you name the other 3 and put them in the right order? You know them all?

 

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The Word of the Day – EXCELLENCE – Lombardi

In The Word of the Day on June 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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EXCELLENCE

 

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”

 

Vince Lombardi

 

 

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

In Philadelphia Eagles, Trivia on June 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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I am not the Philadelphia Eagles all time career leading receiver in yardage, however, I do hold the record for most yards receiving in a single season. I also hold the 4th spot and the 18th spot in that category. Each of those seasons were greater than 1000 yards and the seasons came back to back to back. Do you know who I am??

 

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