I grew up in West Philly (Overbrook area) and would like to relive some of the more memorable moments of Philadelphia Sports.
Having lived in West Philly many of my memories are either my own recollection, handed down to me from family and friends, or from the enviroment in which I lived. I am sure your recollections are different than mine.
Sept 22,1936 Joe Louis ko's Al Ettore (from West Philly) in the 5th round in sept 22,1936, before 40,407 Municipal Stadium fans. This was a comeback for Joe Louis having just lost to Max Snelling for the championship. Al Ettore was a far off cousin of mine. The rumor was that at the end of the fourth round Joe Louis said to Ettore that "something has got to give", What this meant no one knows, but Joe Louis proceeded to knock out Ettore in the next round. Latter there was to be a celebrated fight between "Matt Adgie" and Al Ettore, but I have not found this on the web.
1949 Before the 49 season, Ed Watkus was traded to the Phillies.Waitkus was shot in the chest by Ruth Ann Steinhagen, an obsessed fan, on June 14, 1949, at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago.. She shot him with a rifle . This incident became the background for the book and movie entitled "The Natural".
1950 Dick Sisler came to the plate and hit a high outside fastball from Newcombe over the left-field wall, dancing to first base as he watched it fly out. As the Phillies win the 1950 Pennant in xtra innings.
Phillies were swept by Yankess in the 1950 World Series losing each of the first three games by one run.
1951 Gus Zernial hit 33 Home Runs and won the AL HomeRun Crown. Ferris Fain hit .344 and won the AL Batting Crown.He also hit .327 and won the AL Batting Crown.in 1952.
The 1952 American League MVP, was pitcher Bobby Shantz of the A's.
Philadelphia Warriors selected Bill Mlkvy with a territorial pick of the 1952 NBA Draft out of Temple University. A 6'4" forward, he was "The Temple Owl without a Vowel" of Trivia Pursuit Fame.
1953 In the public league championship game ,Overbrook 71, Northeast 62.
Wilt Chamberlain shot 12-for-29 and 10-for-15 for 34 points as 'Brook won its fourth title in six years. The Hilltoppers shot 29-for-50 at the line and all five Northeast starters fouled out. Guy Rodgers led Northeast with 26 points and at one point made five consecutive baskets.
In the Philadelphia city championship game, West Catholic triple-teamed Chamberlain the entire game, and despite the center's 29 points, the Overbrook s lost 54-42.Before 8,461 fans (4,000 were turned away), West Catholic held 6-11 Wilt Chamberlain to 29 points by surrounding him at all times with four defenders. Chamberlain shot 9-for-25 from the floor and 11-for-19 at the line. Bill Lindsay played the " floater" in West's defense and also scored a game-record 32 points, shooting 12-for-13 and 8-for-11.
The Coaches' All-Catholic FIRST TEAM included Bill Lindsay of West Catholic and
Joe Ryan of St. Joe's Prep.
Joe Ryan went on to play for Villanova and eventually was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors. The Ryan family lived in West Philadelphia and had "hops" set up in their backyard with one hop being attached to an overhang on the back of the house and the other attached to a garage. They even had some lightes for early evening basketball. They alowed the neihborhood kids play ball in that yard and set up leagues who were to young to play in the famed "Tustin League" at 61stt and Lebanon Ave. It was very common expression for us 10 to 12 year olds in the 50's to say lets go play basketball at Ryans. This entry is just my way of saying thanks to the Ryan family, who I never met, and who provided the kids in the neighborhood that opprtunity.
Jun 4, 1953 - Phillies P Curt Simmons cuts off part of his left big toe with a power lawn mower. He will not make a pitching start for a month‚ but will still win 16 games.
March 20, 1954 La Salle, won the 1954 NCAA national title with a 92-76 victory in the final game over Bradley. Tom Gola of La Salle was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player
October 17, 1954, Adrian Burk threw seven touchdown passes when the Eagles won 49-21 over the Washington Redskins.
Dec 29, 1954 Farrell High School defeats Overbrook HS 59 - 58
1955 At the Palestra the City Championship game winner waas Overbrook with a 83 - 42 victory over West Catholic. Wilt Chamberlain contributed a game-record 35 points as 'Brook finished 18-1. Chamberlain finished his three-year varsity career with 2,206 points and an overall record of 56-3.
The A's leave Philadelphia for Kansas City in 1955 and became the Kansas City Athletics.
Richie Ashburn of the Phillies hit .338 and wins the NL batting crown. He also wins the batting crown in 1958 with a .350 average.
1956 Tom Gola , Paul Arizin and Neil Johnston to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to NBA championship in 1956.. The Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons four games to one.
Temple Owls finished third in the NCAA in 1956 with one of the greatest backcourts in college basketball history of senior Hal Lear and sophomore Guy Rodgers.
The 1957 National Football League Draft was held on November 27, 1956 to be competitive with the Canadian Football League. They used the reords of that day to designate the order of the draft, the Eagles drafted a fullback named Clarence Peaks with the seventh selection while the Cleveland Browns drafted Jim Brown, a fullback, with the fifth selection. The Eagles then went on to lose more games than the Browns. Hence, the Eagles and the Browms positions in the draft would have been reversed if they had waited to the end of the season. The Eagles did get two Hall of Famers in that draft with the drafting of Tommie McDonald in the third round and Sonny Jurgenson in the fourth.
1957 John Kennedy became the first african-american player for the Philadelphia Phillies on April 22, 1957 .
Jack Sanford , won rookie of the year honors with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 19-8 record and led the majors in strikeouts with 188.
After falling to a 10-13 record the following season, he was traded to the Giants for pitcher Ruben Gomez and catcher Valmy Thomas in what the Phillies' president, Bob Carpenter, would rue as ''the worst trade I ever made.''
Univ of North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Chamberlain’s Kansas Jayhawks 54–53 in triple overtime for the NCAA championship. Lenny Rosenbluth hit the tying goal at the end of regulation. He was selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 1957 NBA draft and played for them from 1957–59. He played in 82 games, and averaged 4.2 points per game.
1958 With Guy Rodgers and sophomore Pickles Kennedy in the backcourt, Temple again finished third in the NCAA in 1958.
Dave Philley, playing for the Phillies, collected 18 pinch-hits, including a streak of eight straight to close the season. He also had a pinch-hit double Opening Day 1959, for an actual total of nine straight, a major league record that still stands today.
1959–60 NBA season, Chamberlain joined a Warriors squad which was coached by Neil Johnston and contained Hall-of-Famers Tom Gola and Paul Arizin, plus Ernie Beck and Guy Rodgers—remarkably, all five Warriors starters were Philadelphians.
November, 1960 ,Gifford fell victim to a ferocious Bednarik tackle in November 1960. Because of the resulting concussion, Gifford did not play again for the New York Giants until 1962.
Dec 26, 1960 , the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Eagles (10-2), who were making their first appearance in a championship game since 1949, beat the Western Conference champion Green Bay Packers (8-4) 17 -13 The game was played on a Monday, as the NFL did not want to play on Christmas.
1961 St. Thomas More 51 John Bartram 50 for the Philadelphia high school City Championship. A soph on Bartram's team was Earl Monroe.
The Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team made its only Final Four appearance was in 1961. The Hawks lost to Ohio State in the semifinals but beat Utah to finish in third place.
St. Joseph was forced to vacate their third-place finish in the NCAA tournament because of alleged student athlete involvement with a gambler. The following year saw 37 players from 22 schools implicated in another gambling scandal that culminated with the arrest and conviction of three gamblers charged with fixing college basketball.
1961 Sun Bowl Villanova 17 Wichita 9, Billy Joe named MVP.
1962 Frank Budd of Villanova set the world record of 100 yards of 9.2 at the 1962 AAU Meet.
March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Wilt scored 100 points, shooting 36 of 63 from the field, and making 28 out of 32 free throws against the New York Knicks
Sep. 25 Sonny Liston of North Philly -KO's in Round 1 Floyd Patterson in Chicago Comiskey Park to win the World Heavyweight Title.
Dec 15, 1962 Villanova loses to Oregon state in the 1962 Liberty Bowl 6 - 0.
In the 1962–63 NBA season, Eddie Gottlieb sold the Philadelphia Warriors franchise , and the team relocated to become the San Francisco Warriors
1963. Irv Kosloff bought the Syracuse Nationals and moved them to Philadelphia in 1963. The NBA thus returned to Philadelphia one year after the Warriors had left for San Francisco.
Dec. 07 1963 Joey Giardello of Souyh Philly, beats Dick Tiger in 15 rounds at Atlantic City Convention Hall and Won World 160 Title.
12-05-1963: Jim Bunning was traded by Detroit Tigers (with Gus Triandos) to Philadelphia Phillies for Don Demeter and Jack Hamilton.
1964 Feb. 25 Muhammad Ali TKO's Sonny Liston in round 7 Miami Beach Convention Hall.
Father's Day June 21, 1964 Jim Bunning pitches a Perfect Game on at Shea Stadium.
Following an injury-plagued 1963 season, Jurgensen was traded to the Washington Redskins on April 1, 1964 in exchange for quarterback Norm Snead and cornerback Claude Crabb.
1964 In the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium in New York, Johny Callison of the Phillies hit a pinch-hit game-winning walk-off home run off pitcher Dick Radatz with two out in the ninth inning, a three-run shot to right field to give the NL a 7-4 victory; it was only the third walk-off HR in All-Star history, with Callison joining legends Ted Williams and Stan Musial in baseball annals. For that hit, he was named All-Star Game MVP.
Richie(Dick) Allen, first season in the majors, 1964, ranks among the greatest rookie seasons ever. He led the league in runs (125), triples (13), extra base hits (80) and total bases (352); he finished in the top five in batting average (.318), slugging average (.557), hits (201), and doubles (38); and won Rookie of the Year.
Dick Allen, along with outfielder Johnny Callison and pitchers Chris Short and Jim Bunning, led the Phillies to a six-and-a-half game hold on first place with just twelve games to play in an exceptionally strong National League. The '64 Phillies then lost ten straight games and finished tied for second place. The skein's first loss had Chico Ruiz steal home with Frank Robinson batting for the game's only run. In "Crash, The Life and Times of Dick Allen," by Tim Whitaker, Allen stated that the play "Broke our humps." "the Phillies collapse" http://markcole.wordpress.com/2007/09/22/remembering-the-collapse-of-the-1964-phillies
Joey Giardello 1964 Dec. 14 wins in 15 rounds over Rubin Hurricane Carter at Philadelphia Convention Hall World 160 Title Defense, a fight made famous by the movie entitled "The Hurricane".
July 1965 Richie Allenhe got into the infamous fistfight with fellow Phillie, Frank Thomas. According to two teammates, Thomas swung a bat at Allen, hitting him in the shoulder. Johnny Callison said, "Thomas got himself fired when he swung that bat at Richie. In baseball you don't swing a bat at another player—ever."
Joey Giardello 1965 Oct. 21 losses to Dick Tiger .
04-21-1966:Ferguson Jenkins is traded by Philadelphia Phillies (with Adolfo Phillips and John Herrnstein) to Chicago Cubs for Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl.
Nov 6, 1966 Timmy Brown returns two Kickoff Returns for touchdowns vs. Dallas Cowboys
1967 NBA Playoffs, the Sixers battled the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Division Finals. In Game 1, the Sixers beat Boston 127–112, powered by Hal Greer's 39 points and Chamberlain's unofficial quadruple double, with 24 points, 32 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks. In Game 2, the Sixers won 107–102 in overtime. In Game 3, Chamberlain grabbed 41 rebounds and helped the Sixers win 115–104. The Celtics prevented a sweep by winning Game 4 with 121–117, but in Game 5, the Sixers simply overpowered the Celtics 140–116.
In the 1967 NBA Finals, the Sixers were pitted against the San Francisco Warriors with Nate Thurmond and Rick Barry. The Sixers won the first two games, San Francisco won two of the next three games. so Philadelphia but won Game 6.
Richie Allen almost ends his career in 1967 after mangling his throwing hand by pushing it through a car headlight.
1969 Richie Allen was fined $2,500 and suspended indefinitely in 1969 when he failed to appear for the Phillies twi-night doubleheader game with the New York Mets. Allen had gone to New Jersey in the morning to see a horse race, and got caught in traffic trying to return.
1970 Feb. 16 Joe Frazier of North Philly ( an Olympic gold medalist) TKOs' Jimmy Ellis in round 5 at New York Madison Square and wins Vacant World Heavyweight Title
Connie Mack Stadium (opened April 12, 1909) was closed October 1, 1970 and demolished in 1976. On a personal note, I saw the Eagles, A's and Phillies play at this ballpark.
1971 Mar. 8 Joe Frazier wins over Muhammad Ali in 15 rounds in a World Title Defense.
On March 27, 1971, Villanova made its first appearance in an NCAA basketball tournament championship game. The unheralded Wildcats took on the legendary John Wooden and his mighty UCLA Bruins. The 28–1 UCLA beat Villanova by six, 68–62.
February 25, 1972 Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise.
October 3, 1972 - Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies for a team that only won 55 games. He would win Cy Young awards in1972, 1977, 1980, 1982.
1973 Jan. 22 George Foreman TKO'd Joe Frazier in round 2, Frazier loses the title.
1974 Mke Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies hits 36 home runs to win the NL homerun crown On June 10, 1974, Schmidt hit a pitch into a public address speaker suspended 117 feet above and 329 feet away from home plate in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The ball then fell to the field, where, by the Astrodome's ground rules, it remained in play. Since he had already started his slow home run trot, he was held to a single. Runners on first and second when the ball was hit each advanced only one base. Many experts agree the ball would have carried beyond 500 feet. He would win HR crowns in 1975, with 38 home runs, 1976 Mke Schmidt with 38 home runs including four in one game on April 17 .
For New Year's Day 1976, the year of the United States Bicentennial. Undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) wins in 15 rounds over Rocky Balboa, "The Italian Stallion".
New Jersey Nets sell Julius Erving's contract to the Philadelphia 76ers for 3 million dollars, who leads them to an exciting 50-win season. The Sixers, featuring other stars like George McGinnis and Doug Collins, won the Atlantic Division and were the top drawing team in the NBA. The Sixers defeated the defending champions, the Boston Celtics, to win the Eastern Conference. Erving took them into the NBA Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers of Bill Walton. After the Sixers took a 2–0 lead, however, the Blazers defeated them with four straight victories.
!977 In one of the most "future star studded" high scholl basketball games ever,West Philadelphia beats Overbrook 61-51 to win the public school city championship. With All-America Gene Banks watching from the bench (he was suspended for violating team rules), Clarence "Eggy" Tillman had 24 points and 12 rebounds before a turnaway crowd (8,000-plus). Mike Powell, who started in Banks's place, had 13 points. The Speedboys finished the season at 30-0 and were 79-2 in Banks's 3-year varsity career. Overbrook's Lewis Lloyd had 19 points and 13 rebounds. The all-city team featured many future nba players. FIRST TEAM Gene Banks W. Phila., Clarence "Eggy" Tillman west phila, Reggie Jackson Roman, Lewis Lloyd Overbrook, Jeffery "Monk" Clark Frankford, Fran McCaffery La Salle. SECOND TEAM Darryl Warwick W. Phila. I think four of these All-city players were McDonald's All-America either in 77 or 78.
In the spring of 1977, Ron Jaworski was traded by the Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles for former All-Pro tight end Charle Young;
Friday, October 7, 1977 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having split the first 2 games in LA, game 3 became extremely important.With a 5 -3 lead in the top of the ninth, Garber retired the first two hitters and got ahead of pinch-hitter Vic Davalillo 0–2. But Davalillo, noticing Ted Sizemore playing unusually deep at second, shocked the Phillies with a drag bunt for a single. Lasorda then sent another pinch hitter, Manny Mota, to hit for pitcher Lance Rautzhan. Mota, on an 0–2 pitch, sent a deep drive to left that Greg Luzinski reached, but the ball caromed off his glove, onto the wall, and back. Luzinski threw to second to try to nail Mota, but his throw got past Sizemore and Davalillo scored. Mota reached third. Phillie manager Danny Ozark came under fire for not having Jerry Martin, a faster outfielder, in left field at that point. Martin would have reached Mota's liner easier than the bigger, slower Luzinski. Indeed, Martin was known for subbing for the slower Luzinski when the Phillies had the lead in the later innings.Davey Lopes followed by hitting a blistering grounder to third that took a wicked hop and struck Mike Schmidt in the left knee. Larry Bowa retrieved the carom out of the air, and fired to first. Replays proved the throw beat Lopes, but umpire Bruce Froemming called him safe. Mota scored to tie the game at 5–5.Garber, in an attempt to pick off Lopes at first, threw wildly past Hebner, sending Lopes to second. Bill Russell then singled to center to score Lopes with the go-ahead run and the Dodgers won 6 -5.
1978 fumble recovery by cornerback Herman Edwards that he returned for a touchdown at the end of a November 19, 1978 NFL game against the New York Giants in Giants Stadium. It was seen as miraculous because it occurred at a point in the game when the Giants were easily capable of running out the game's final seconds.
1979 Penn beats one seeded team, North Carolina, in a second round game in Raleigh, and accomplished a stunning, 72-71 upset. Penn goes on to lose in the Final Four to a Michigan State team with Magic Johnson 101-67..
Thursday, May 17, 1979, Wrigley Field. Phillies 23 - Cubs 22 in 10 innings. Mike Schmidt hit two HR' 1st inn, 2 on, and the 10th inn.
1980 The Phils won the NL East in 1980 and defeat the Astros for the pennant.Facing Kansas City in the 1980 World Series, the Phillies won their first world championship in 6 games, thanks to the timely hitting of Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose. Schmidt, who was the NL MVP for the 1980 season, also won the World Series MVP finals award on the strength of his 8 for 21 hitting (.381 average).
January 25, 1981 Oakland Raiders!27–10 over thePhiladelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl.
DePaul Upset By St. Joseph's in the Elite Eights. The Division 1-A's smallest school upset the number one team in the country - which included the likes of national Player of the Year Mark Aguirre and Terry Cummings 49-48 on a last-second layup by John Smith. It would be the last time a No. 1 seed would lose its first game of the tournament. St. Joseph's would then hold off Boston College to reach the Midwest Regional final against Indiana. Knight's men would not, however, underestimate St. Joseph's, blasting past the giant killers 78-46 to advance to Philadelphia. I still recall Jimmy Lynamthe coach of St. Joe's jumpping around after that victory over DePaul as he did on the basketball court in the sixties.
1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers defeat Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 in the NBA championship
Ryne Sandberg Traded to Cubs January 27, 1982. Chicago Cubs y traded light hitting Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for 5 time All Star and 2 time Gold Glove winner Larry Bowa. The Cubs may have been happy with that alone, however, for good measure and to clinch the deal, the Phillies would 'throw in' an untested infielder named Ryne Sandberg.
1982 Rich Gannon of St Joe Prep explodes in his senior season, winning first team All-City as a punter and quarterback and throws for 1,567 yards.
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers win the NBA championship over Los Angeles Lakers by 4-0 with Moses Malone being named MVP.
1983 Baltimore Orioles defeat the Phils 4–1 in the World Series.
1984 Charles Barkley in the 1984 NBA Draft was selected with the fifth pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, two slots after the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan.
1985 on April 1 in Lexington, Kentucky. Eight-seed Villanova, won the national title with a 66–64 victory in the final game over Georgetown. Ed Pinckney of Villanova was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The game is often cited among the greatest upsets in college basketball history. This Villanova team remains the lowest-seeded team to win the tournament.
1985 When the USFL collapsed, Reggie White was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played with the Eagles for eight seasons, during which time he picked up 124 sacks, becoming the Eagles' all-time sack leader. He also set the Eagles regular-season record with 21 sacks in a single season (1987). After eight seasons with the Eagles, in 1993 White signed a four-year, $17-million contract with the Green Bay Packers; it was an unprecedented amount for a defensive player.
1986 Shortly after the 1985–86 season Philadelphia had traded Malone, along with Terry Catledge and two first-round draft choices, to the Washington Bullets for Jeff Ruland and Cliff Robinson.
1986 Mke Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies hits 37 home runs to win the NL homerun crown.
December 31, 1988 National Football League (NFL) playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. A heavy, dense fog rolled over Chicago's Soldier Field during the 2nd quarter, cutting visibility to about 10-20 yards for the rest of the game. Philadelphia moved the ball effectively all day and Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham had 407 passing yards despite the low visibility; but they could not get the ball into the end zone. Many players complained that they could not see the sidelines or first-down markers. The Bears ended up winning 20-12.
1989I Mike Schmidt suddenly chose to announce his retirement in San Diego, on May 29. His last game was May 28, 1989, against the San Francisco Giants, he retired with 548 career home runs.
In a 1990 game against the Buffalo Bills, when Randall Cunningham, throwing from his end zone, was about to be sacked by Bruce Smith from his blind side. Cunningham ducked and threw a pass 60 yards to wide-receiver Fred Barnett, resulting in a 95-yard touchdown. That same year, Cunningham finished with 942 rushing yards, 3rd most ever for a quarterback, 10th best in the league and was chosen as the MVP.
In March 1991, during an overtime game in New Jersey, a courtside heckler had been yelling racial epithets throughout the game at Barkley. Upset by the heckler's remarks, Barkley turned to spit at him, but, as he later described, did not "get enough foam", missed and mistakenly spat on a young girl.It became a national story and Barkley was vilified for it. Barkley, however, eventually developed a friendship with the girl and her family. He apologized and, among other things, provided tickets to future games.
Buddy Ryan's tenure in Philadelphia was a joy to behold.
What I remember best was a game against the Redskins in Cunningham's early years.. They sacked Cunningham who was down and had to be helped to the sidelines. Buddy Ryan came onto the field and pointed at a Redskin defensive lineman who may have been quilty of a late hit. With Cunningham on the sidelines the Eagles began to run power plays at that guy. Cunningham later returned to the field. I think the Eagles lost that game.
On October 25, 1987 he came under fire after a game against the Dallas Cowboys by scoring a touchdown in the final seconds, when the outcome was no longer in doubt. This was apparently Ryan's revenge against Dallas head coach Tom Landry, who Ryan felt had run up the score against the Eagles' replacement players during the 1987 players' strike, using many of the Cowboys players that had crossed the picket line.
On November 22, 1989 , Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson alleged Ryan had taken out a "bounty" on two Cowboys players— placekicker Luis Zendejas and quarterback Troy Aikman—in a game dubbed "Bounty Bowl" played on Thanksgiving Day at Texas Stadium. I recall the kicker being helped off the field.
One of the saddest days for Eagles fans was when Jerome Brown died on June 25, 1992, at the age of 27, following an automobile accident in Brooksville, Florida. Jerome Played five seasons with the Eagles of which the last two he was All-Pro.
On July 17, 1992, Charles Barkley he was traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang.
1993 Toronto Blue Jays win the world series over Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2. Who can forget that Mitch Williams, Pliilies star reliever lost two games in the series, and gave up that walk off home run to Joe Carter.
1996 Kobe Bryant. Led Lower Marion H. S. to the 1996 Four-A, PIAA State Championship with a 48-43 win over Erie Cathedral Prep
2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 for the NBA championship.
2002 Maureece Rice scored a career total of 2,681 points to surpass Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia career high school scoring record of 2,206 points .
2003 Jim Thome of Philadelphia Phillies hits 47 home runs to win NL home run crown
During the 2003-2004 season, the Saint Joseph's Hawks went undefeated (27-0) during the regular season. The Hawks were led by a backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, both of whom would end up as starters in the NBA. The Hawks ended the regular season with a #5 ranking nationally and a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After losing to Xavier University in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinal, St. Joe's made it to the East Regional Final in the NCAA tournament. They would lose to Oklahoma State in the last seven seconds of the game after narrowily beating Wake Forest.
Fans of the Hawks often chant "The Hawk Will Never Die!". Since the school's 30-2 season, this chant has gained familiarity with the team's opponents. In 2003, Sports Illustrated listed that cheer among The 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate (Whatever the Cost), calling it "the most defiant cheer in college sports".
October 19th, 2003 With 1:34 left on the clock and Donovan McNabb and the Eagles offense sputtering, Philadelphia was down 10-7. The defense made a critical stop and the Giants decided to punt. Giants punter Jeff Feagles was instructed not to kick the ball out of bounds by Giants head coach Jim Fassel. Westbrook grabbed a low-flying punt right in front of the Giants bench. With one block from reserve linebacker Ike Reese, Westbrook sprinted up the sideline, and 84 yards later was standing in the end zone mobbed by his teammates
Sunday, January 11, 2004, 4th and 26.
During the 2003–04 NFL PlayoffsOn fourth down, the play (74 Double Go) called for a 25-yard slant route for wide receiver Freddie Mitchell. Donovan McNabb threw a perfect strike to Mitchell deep into the Packers' secondary. The Packers' coverage, a Cover 2 package, broke down. Linebacker Nick Barnett, who was responsible for shallow coverage of Mitchell, decided to bite on the tight end. Inexplicably, Darren Sharper, who was partially responsible for deep coverage of Mitchell, played past the first down marker positioning himself for an interception rather than preventing any catch in front of the marker. Mitchell completed a leaping reception and was brought down at the Packers 46, giving the Eagles a first down. The Eagles wnet on to tie the game in regulation and win it in OT by a score of 20-17.
2006 Ryan Howard of Philadelphia Phillies hits 58 home runs to win NL home run crown and named NL MVP
2007 Jimmy Rollins^ Philadelphia Phillies SS named NL MVP
2008 Ryan Howard of Philadelphia Phillies hits 48 home runs to win NL home run crown.On September 27, the Phillies clinched the National League East for the second year in a row, once again helped by a late September slump from the New York Mets. The Phillies redeemed their previous year's playoff performance by winning the NLDS three games to one against the Brewers, and they defeated the Dodgers in Los Angeles as well, 4–1. As the National League champions, the Phillies advanced to the 2008 World Series to play the Tampa Bay Rays. After a power outage by the offense in which they went 1 for 33 with runners in scoring position and the first-ever suspended postseason game in World Series history in game five, the Phillies rode their pitching rotation to a 4–1 victory in the Fall Classic; Hamels was named the series MVP for both the NLCS and the World Series.
Villanova won a very close match up against number 1 seed Pittsburgh in the Elite 8 round of the tournament, with guard Scottie Reynolds racing down the court to make a layup with only 0.5 seconds left. Villanova advanced to the Final Four but fell to the Tar Heels in the National Semifinals in Detroit, MI, by a final score of 83–69.
2008 Philadelphia Phillies win world series 4–1 over Tampa Bay Rays
The St. Joseph High School football team won a AA state title in 2009.
2009 New York Yankees of AL beat Philadelphia Phillies in the world series in 6 games.
LaSalle HS 2009 PIAA Class AAAA State Football Champions!
The Villanova Wildcats won their first national championship on December 18, 2009 under Andy Talley. The team defeated the Montana Grizzlies in the national championship game in Chattanooga by a score of 23-21.
DeSean Jackson disappears off into the distance, perhaps with the Giants' hopes for being Super Bowl contenders this season under coach Tom Coughlin.