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By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1996
He is best known for a single moment in a single game -- a mere 17 seconds, 24 years ago.Even now at Koenig sporting goods store in the Ross Park Mall outside Pittsburgh, where his No. 32 jersey is for sale, it appears on videotape: The Immaculate Reception -- a deflected pass snared and taken 60 yards for a game-winning touchdown.Down the hill along the same commercial strip, in a cluttered office where the men's room is out of order, Franco Harris is 24 years removed from the catch and haggling on the phone.
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August 3, 2003
Moves Baseball CUBS: Placed IF Lenny Harris on waivers. Recalled RP Sergio Mitre from Double-A West Tennessee. DODGERS: Placed P Kazuhisa Ishii on 15-day DL with ligament sprain in his left knee. Recalled P Victor Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas. Purchased contract of P Scott Mullen from Las Vegas. GIANTS: Purchased contract of P Dustin Hermanson from Triple-A Fresno. Optioned P Jeff Urban to Fresno. MARINERS: Recalled P Aaron Looper from Triple-A Tacoma. Optioned P Aaron Taylor and IF Luis Ugueto to Tacoma.
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By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1996
If Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell are to turn around Parks Sausage Co., they must win over people like Charles Hurtt of West Baltimore.Hurtt, 44, born just two years after Parks Sausage, used to go out of his way to buy sausages made by the Baltimore company. But he soured a bit on Parks last month when he bought three bags of sausage with expiration dates a day earlier."You're supposed to have 14 days before expiration date when you buy them," he said. "I'm a loyal customer. But they need to look closely at their products.
SPORTS
By John Eisenberg | September 15, 1997
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Let's call it the Ravens' version of the Immaculate Reception.OK, so it was just a fumbled snap from center, hardly the dramatic equivalent of Franco Harris' famous game-winning catch from the 1972 playoffs.When you're the Ravens, winners of just six of 19 games, a fumbled snap will have to do.It's not as if they have experienced many other major strokes of good fortune since moving from Cleveland.Mostly, they have spent their time inventing new ways to lose games they should have won.But yesterday, at last, they invented a way to win that smacked of an otherworldly hand.
BUSINESS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1997
When Franco Harris bought Parks Sausage Co., the former football star said it would be tough to turn around the 46-year-old Baltimore company.Six months after the purchase, it turns out he was right.Two weeks ago, Parks lost a contract to make frankfurters for an Eastern Shore company, laid off 32 workers -- about one-third the work force -- and said it was having a new line of products manufactured not at its plant but by Jimmy Dean, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Sara Lee Corp."We're still losing money," Harris said.
BUSINESS
By Eric Siegel and Sean Somerville and Eric Siegel and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1996
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday that he's not willing to forgive the $2.8 million that Parks Sausage Co. owes the city, but that the city will work with a new buyer to refinance the debt."
SPORTS
August 3, 2003
Moves Baseball CUBS: Placed IF Lenny Harris on waivers. Recalled RP Sergio Mitre from Double-A West Tennessee. DODGERS: Placed P Kazuhisa Ishii on 15-day DL with ligament sprain in his left knee. Recalled P Victor Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas. Purchased contract of P Scott Mullen from Las Vegas. GIANTS: Purchased contract of P Dustin Hermanson from Triple-A Fresno. Optioned P Jeff Urban to Fresno. MARINERS: Recalled P Aaron Looper from Triple-A Tacoma. Optioned P Aaron Taylor and IF Luis Ugueto to Tacoma.
SPORTS
By John Eisenberg | September 15, 1997
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Let's call it the Ravens' version of the Immaculate Reception.OK, so it was just a fumbled snap from center, hardly the dramatic equivalent of Franco Harris' famous game-winning catch from the 1972 playoffs.When you're the Ravens, winners of just six of 19 games, a fumbled snap will have to do.It's not as if they have experienced many other major strokes of good fortune since moving from Cleveland.Mostly, they have spent their time inventing new ways to lose games they should have won.But yesterday, at last, they invented a way to win that smacked of an otherworldly hand.
NEWS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | June 22, 1996
Franco Harris yesterday signed an agreement to buy Parks Sausage Co. that will require the shut-down company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it operates with a cash infusion from the former football star.Lawyers for Parks set the plan in motion last night when they filed for Chapter 11 protection with an after-hours clerk.The two sides will seek approval in federal bankruptcy court Monday for an interim funding package to reopen the company. Later next week, they will ask the court to approve the purchase.
SPORTS
By Don Pierson and Don Pierson,Chicago Tribune | October 25, 1993
There are only five great NFL running backs now -- the Detroit Lions' Barry Sanders, the Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith, the Buffalo Bills' Thurman Thomas, the Pittsburgh Steelers' Barry Foster and the New York Giants' Rodney Hampton.The San Francisco 49ers' Ricky Watters thinks he's great. Los Angeles Rams rookie Jerome Bettis has a chance to be. Phoenix Cardinals rookie Garrison Hearst has shown nothing yet.Great running backs are as scarce as great quarterbacks. Just when the supply looks plentiful, the demand on their bodies wears them out. Check their ages.
BUSINESS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1997
When Franco Harris bought Parks Sausage Co., the former football star said it would be tough to turn around the 46-year-old Baltimore company.Six months after the purchase, it turns out he was right.Two weeks ago, Parks lost a contract to make frankfurters for an Eastern Shore company, laid off 32 workers -- about one-third the work force -- and said it was having a new line of products manufactured not at its plant but by Jimmy Dean, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Sara Lee Corp."We're still losing money," Harris said.
BUSINESS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1996
If Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell are to turn around Parks Sausage Co., they must win over people like Charles Hurtt of West Baltimore.Hurtt, 44, born just two years after Parks Sausage, used to go out of his way to buy sausages made by the Baltimore company. But he soured a bit on Parks last month when he bought three bags of sausage with expiration dates a day earlier."You're supposed to have 14 days before expiration date when you buy them," he said. "I'm a loyal customer. But they need to look closely at their products.
BUSINESS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1996
He is best known for a single moment in a single game -- a mere 17 seconds, 24 years ago.Even now at Koenig sporting goods store in the Ross Park Mall outside Pittsburgh, where his No. 32 jersey is for sale, it appears on videotape: The Immaculate Reception -- a deflected pass snared and taken 60 yards for a game-winning touchdown.Down the hill along the same commercial strip, in a cluttered office where the men's room is out of order, Franco Harris is 24 years removed from the catch and haggling on the phone.
NEWS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | June 22, 1996
Franco Harris yesterday signed an agreement to buy Parks Sausage Co. that will require the shut-down company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it operates with a cash infusion from the former football star.Lawyers for Parks set the plan in motion last night when they filed for Chapter 11 protection with an after-hours clerk.The two sides will seek approval in federal bankruptcy court Monday for an interim funding package to reopen the company. Later next week, they will ask the court to approve the purchase.
BUSINESS
By Eric Siegel and Sean Somerville and Eric Siegel and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1996
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday that he's not willing to forgive the $2.8 million that Parks Sausage Co. owes the city, but that the city will work with a new buyer to refinance the debt."
SPORTS
By Don Pierson and Don Pierson,Chicago Tribune | October 25, 1993
There are only five great NFL running backs now -- the Detroit Lions' Barry Sanders, the Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith, the Buffalo Bills' Thurman Thomas, the Pittsburgh Steelers' Barry Foster and the New York Giants' Rodney Hampton.The San Francisco 49ers' Ricky Watters thinks he's great. Los Angeles Rams rookie Jerome Bettis has a chance to be. Phoenix Cardinals rookie Garrison Hearst has shown nothing yet.Great running backs are as scarce as great quarterbacks. Just when the supply looks plentiful, the demand on their bodies wears them out. Check their ages.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1998
PITTSBURGH -- The Denver Broncos couldn't have found a better place to conclude their Revenge Tour yesterday than Three Rivers Stadium.The Broncos wanted to play where they had been embarrassed earlier this season. They wanted the game to be played against a storied NFL franchise on national TV where the country could watch them make one final drive for a Super Bowl with a team of aging players, including a quarterback who has never won the Big One.John Elway & Co. will bid for another Super Bowl title after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-21, in the AFC championship yesterday before a crowd of 61,382.
SPORTS
By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | January 13, 1996
It was Dec. 19, 1976, and less than 10 minutes after the Pittsburgh Steelers had crushed the Baltimore Colts, 40-14 in an AFC playoff game at Memorial Stadium.Veteran safety Bruce Laird was in the shower, trying to wash away the memory of an embarrassing defeat when someone shouted, "A plane just crashed in the upper deck!""I really cursed the guy," Laird recalled. "I said, 'After all the bleep that happened to us today, you've got to tell a sick joke like that?' But it turns out, he was telling the truth.
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