Mummers Movie

Here’s an interesting story about a movie that will be coming out that involves the South Philadelphia String Band.Mummers Movie 

NOTE: Dan Gross reports in today’s Daily News that the movie snagged a Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 14th annual Slamdance Film Festival, which runs alongside the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. 

Kudo’s To ESPN’S Dana Jacobson For Her Notre Dame Comments

Dana Jacobson the co-host of ESPN’S First Take, was suspended for her comments about Notre Dame at a Roast in Atlantic City for ex ND player Mike Golic.

So what she threw out some expletives towards Touchdown Jesus and coach Charlie Weiss. First of all, TD Jesus is name given to the Statue years ago by the Notre Dame people. They are the people that should have been reprimanded years ago for incorporating a religious staue and mocking it because of Christs’ hands being held up high.

Dana, like all other Notre Dame hater’s tend to get tired of hearing the same old propoganda from the Notre Dame people. As far as Charlie Weiss, it seems to me she took it easy on him. If anyone happened to watch 60 Minutes when they did a feature on him a few months back, they  should have been extremely upset at the language being used by coach Weiss.  What a disgrace for a Catholic University to be represented by Man who’s every other word had to be bleeped out on National TV.


Hey Dana, get back real soon !!!

DICK ALLEN: Now’s The Time For a Major Push

For those of you who watched Comcast “ Monday Night Live” on the 14th, Philadelphia’s new mayor Michael Nutter was a guest. When Mr Nutter was asked who his favorite Philadelphia athlete of all time was he answered, “Dick Allen”. 

Dick Allen deserves to be in Baseball’s Hall of Fame. As of now Dick will be on the Veteran’s Committee ballot as he has been for the past several years. The Veteran’s Committee votes every two years in their pursuit of the next Hall of Famer. Unfortunately Dick has come up short when the ballot’s are totaled up.  This to me is a complete injustice.

What Mr Allen had to go through while playing ball as a young African American in the early 1960’s was a disgrace. He was the first black ballplayer to ever play in Little Rock, Arkansas. The names he was called, the abuse he took, the vandalism to his car and apartment made it almost impossible for him to live,yet alone play a game of baseball.

When he finally made it to the Major League’s in Philadelphia, he may as well wore a target on his Back.  The city was going through a tough racial intense time. While riding the 33 Bus to the old Connie Mack Stadium I noticed race riots in the streets, demonstrations by African Americans that resulted into brawls with the  police. The Philadelphia force was led by the controversial Frank Rizzo. Bottles, rocks and many other objects were tossed at the buses as they rode by Girard College, a High School for under privileged White Males. The Blacks were out in mass. The White’s were on the buses. When the buses eventually made it to 21st and Lehigh Ave. the people needed to vent their frustration.

Who better to vent on than number 15, Richie Allen, as he was called back then. He was booed every game. Some of the names that he was called, well I can’t say it here, but let me say that I heard many expletives. 

After the Frank Thomas infamous incident it got even worse. It really turned into a black vs. white issue and that is a real shame.

What did Dick or Richie do about all of this ? He kept it in his gut. He didn’t say a word. He just played ball. When he went between those white lines no one played the game harder. Of course you know that no one, and I do mean NOOO ONE .. hit a baseball harder or longer than Richard Anthony Allen !!! 

I could go on and on in regards to this very controversial matter, but in closing I would like to ask one simple question and with the help of our Mayor perhaps he will see that Dick will get his just do. How come a pitcher who can throw a baseball 100 mph and has a winning percentage a little over .500 be voted into the Hall of Fame, while a hitter who has the numbers worthy for admission, and has hit some of the longest home runs in the history of baseball in addition to all of the other off field issues, not get voted in. 
The pitcher is rewarded for his power but the hitter is not.




I’d like to take this time to welcome everyone to  This blog will be used for any topic. Feel free to initiate conversation or just add your two cents to a topic. I worked as a Groundskeeper for 33 years for the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Club. I am currently in the process of writing a book. The book will feature many baseball stories along with other topic’s . Sport’s Talk Radio, Instant Replay and the Mummer’s. It also will entail growing up in a middle class neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia . Myself and the writer of book, Joe Ferry also from Southwest Philadelphia and a West Catholic High School graduate like myself, are currently looking for a publisher. If  you know of anyone that may be interested in publishing please let us know.   I hope that within the next year   the book is complete and that you will read about the  unique behind the scene stories that took place while I was employed.  Thanks for checking us out and here’s wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.    Sincerely   Mark “FROG” Carfagno