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Scheuer, Philly sports media denizen for many years, dies at 88

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jack Scheuer, the go-to man at courtside, on the sector and within the press field, who coated Philadelphia sports from the times of Wilt Chamberlain to Bryce Harper for The Associated Press and different retailers, died Friday. He was 88.

Son Bob stated his father died in hospice care from kidney and can-cer problems.

“A Philly legend,” two-time champion Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright tweeted this week.

“Philly’s finest! A true gentleman,” former Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli posted.

Scheuer labored as a contract sports stringer for the AP for 46 years after beginning out with the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper. During a retirement tribute at Citizens Bank Park on the ultimate day of the 2019 season, it was estimated he had coated 3,500 Phillies video games and three,600 basketball video games.

While Scheuer labored at Connie Mack Stadium, the Spectrum, Veterans Stadium and extra – greeting everybody with a smile, a tip and a trivia query – his second residence for many years appeared to be the Palestra.

The jewel of a basketball area opened in 1927 on Penn’s campus, and he performed for his highschool group in a metropolis championship recreation on that courtroom in 1949. Scheuer was later elected to the Big 5 Hall of Fame, following Penn, Temple, Villanova, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s whereas at all times searching for “good hoops,” as he favored to say.

“Jack Scheuer – Palestra – Saturday – soft pretzel – another game tonight – The perfect day,” Martelli tweeted in January.

But Scheuer did greater than file the hampers. He shot them, too.

For practically 40 years, Scheuer ran a weekly media recreation on the Palestra courtroom, with the likes of NBA star and coach Doug Collins, then-Phillies supervisor Terry Francona and former (*88*) normal supervisor John Nash typically participating.

Known for a spot-on, two-handed set shot, Scheuer greater than held his personal enjoying pickup ball till he was 85. After all these years of four-on-four, half-court video games as much as seven or 9, he jokingly referred to himself as “the all-time leading scorer in Palestra history.”

“He was just ageless,” adorned Philadelphia sports author and broadcaster Ray Didinger stated Friday. “Looking at him, it was hard to place how old he was. He was eternal.”

The 5-foot-8 Scheuer, a former Drexel assistant and highschool coach, had his personal key to the Palestra and commanded the courtroom on Wednesday afternoons from October to April. While teaching at Penn, Fran Dunphy gladly delayed Quakers practices there till his pal’s video games have been completed.

Scheuer usually stated his favourite school hoops participant was Nineteen Fifties Temple guard Guy Rodgers, a four-time NBA All-Star. Scheuer as soon as began within the backcourt with Rodgers in a summer season league recreation and favored to inform how they mixed for 54 factors.

“I got four,” Scheuer would say, a well-recognized twinkle in his eye, “he got the rest.”

In the mid-Nineteen Seventies, Scheuer was the advertising and marketing director for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. It was a household affair of kinds – sons Bob and Ken tended the new canine within the press field and daughter Gail was a cheerleader.

As a teen, Scheuer received a walk-on tryout with the Phillies as an infielder. He recalled standing at shortstop as Philadelphia regulars socked line drives throughout him.

“One of the pitchers, Ken Heintzelman, kind of took me to the outfield, said it was too dangerous standing in there,” Scheuer remembered.

Scheuer performed shortstop for years – with Didinger at third base – for the Bulletin softball group.

“He was a really, really good player, and really smart,” Didinger stated. “It confirmed when he would do postgame interviews on the job. Managers and coaches may inform he knew what he was speaking about. He had their utmost respect.

“People would go to him,” he stated. “He always came across as someone who had no agenda.”

Scheuer served within the U.S. Army in the course of the Korean War. He returned to Philadelphia and was a salesman and an organization rep for a number of companies earlier than choosing up increasingly more jobs in sports, changing into some of the beloved media members on the town.

For years, his cellphone’s answering machine featured the voice of celebrated Phillies announcer Harry Kalas doing his residence run name, saying Jack Scheuer “is outta here!”

“In my 21 years as a sports writer for the AP, I’ve never met anyone else who no one had a bad thing to say about. It’s tough in this industry, in this city. And he was universally loved,” stated AP sports author Rob Maaddi, who coated practically 1,000 video games with Scheuer.

Scheuer is survived by his spouse of 64 years, Jean; sons Bob and Ken; daughters Gail and Nancy; and eight grandchildren.

A fune-ral was scheduled for Nov. 5.

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