Graduate Hospital: Ryan Howard Facility Proves A Hit With Young Ballplayers

Graduate Hospital: Ryan Howard Facility Proves A Hit With Young Ballplayers

Although Ryan Howard‘s time with the Philadelphia Phillies has come to an end, his impact in Philadelphia is far from over. On a rainy fall night, more than a dozen aspiring baseball players worked on their swings at the new Ryan Howard Training Center, part of the Phillies’ Urban Youth Academy, located at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in Graduate […]

 

South Philadelphia: Indoor Baseball Facility Allows Year-Round Growth

South Philadelphia: Indoor Baseball Facility Allows Year-Round Growth

Joe Messina loves the art of pitching. Involved in baseball in South Philadelphia for the past quarter-century, Messina has been an assistant coach for the Neumann-Goretti High School baseball team for the past 11 years. He has held the title of pitching coach for the last eight. “I’m a pitching guy through and through,” said […]

 

Olde Kensington: More Than One Game At Everybody Hits Batting Cages

Olde Kensington: More Than One Game At Everybody Hits Batting Cages

For David Gavigan, baseball never ends. Traditionally a spring sport for most high schools and colleges, many neighborhood youth leagues have extended the season into the fall. But bats are generally silent for the rest of the year. Except at Everybody Hits. Gavigan (below right) opened his batting cages at 529 W. Girard Ave. in May 2013. The fun-themed indoor batting […]

 

Roxborough: Local Baseball League Brings Community Together

Roxborough: Local Baseball League Brings Community Together

There’s a reason why the 21st Ward Baseball League has been around for nearly a century. The children and parents of the community have maintained a certain type of dedication that has kept this league a place for them to feel at home every summer. Lou Fresta, the current Commissioner of the league, is a perfect […]

 

Port Richmond: Give These Five Outdoor Spots a Shot

Port Richmond: Give These Five Outdoor Spots a Shot

As summer approaches, the outdoors offer a chance to get away from the regular routine of the day. Enjoying summer activities doesn’t have to come at a great cost, nor does it have to involve too much travel, either. Port Richmond offers its fair share of places that offer a variety of outdoor activities, or a […]

 

Tioga: Baseball Is An Outlet For Youth Involvement

Tioga: Baseball Is An Outlet For Youth Involvement

The youth of Tioga have found a place they really feel at home at the Tioga United Baseball Field. The Tioga United Baseball Organization has been an outlet for kids to get involved in baseball. With the help of coach David Fisher, this field is a safehaven for the boys that allows them to feel welcome while […]

 

Far Northeast: Pilot Fall Wooden Bat League Gets Another Season

Far Northeast: Pilot Fall Wooden Bat League Gets Another Season

What started as a simple idea to play baseball in the fall with a wooden bat has become a hit in Northeast Philadelphia. And it will return next fall, and maybe even sooner. Academy Sabres vice president and athletic director Scott Dreibelbis decided to start the Fall Wooden Bat Lumber League when his son, Jack, said […]

 

Amateur Sports: Vintage Baseball Looking to Breakout Across Philadelphia

Amateur Sports: Vintage Baseball Looking to Breakout Across Philadelphia

Idyllic. Pure. Gentlemanly. These are the words used by Philadelphia Athletics left fielder Greg “Southwark” Stoloski to describe the game of vintage baseball. Vintage baseball is simply a re-creation of the sport as it was played in the mid- to late-19th century. Teams typically play a doubleheader against one another. The first game is played by a […]

 

Pennsport: Athletic Association Brings Neighborhood Together

Pennsport: Athletic Association Brings Neighborhood Together

The ding of an aluminum bat echoes across the baseball diamond at Front and Moore streets in Pennsport. Parents cheer as a twelve-year-old boy races to first base, then to second. For Edward O’Malley Athletic Association President Ed McBride, this is just another day at the office. McBride has been president of the association, better […]

 

Northeast: Comics & Memorabilia Store Gets Collectors In The Game

The Garden of Earthly Delights, located in Northeast Philadelphia, houses thousands of collectibles as well as numerous volumes of hundreds of different comic books, including some that date back to the 1960s. Owner Chuck Feldman has made it his mission to have a plethora of memorabilia. One of the most intriguing objects in the store […]

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