29th Street pedestrian bridge (Instagram/@thetinybun)

Historic trolleys returning to Girard Avenue 

Route 15’s vintage trolleys are some of the most notable vehicles in Philly’s entire public transit system. But the 1947 PCC cars, as they’re known, have been off the streets since January 2020 — getting a rehab. That’s almost done, SEPTA confirmed to Asha Prihar, who reports the historic trolleys should be up and running on Girard Avenue this September.

A PCC car on SEPTA’s Route 15 line. The vintage trolleys return to the road this fall, mixing with buses to serve Girard Avenue. (PlanPhilly)

That time Phillies fans rioted over an ump’s bad decision

In the early 20th century, the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants had a rivalry so intense, it once resulted in a riot. The Giants’ manager at the time was a famously combative man. Playing at the Baker Bowl one afternoon, he got an umpire to call an entire game for the visiting team because of fans in the stands. They didn’t take kindly to that — and in this edition of Headlines of Yore, Avi Wolfman-Arent recaps what happened.

The bleachers of the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, during the 1915 World Series. (Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Pa. lawmakers renewed their push for recreational marijuana with a bipartisan bill that Sens. Laughlin (R-Erie) and Street (D-Philly) say would bring in hundreds of millions in tax revenue and expunge nonviolent convictions. Philly lawmakers are already planning restrictions for when legalization happens. [Forbes/Senate GOP/Billy Penn]

• The Philly School District has a new deputy superintendent of academic services. Jermaine Dawson, formerly of Birmingham, will oversee academic strategy and curriculum — which has recently stirred some controversy. [Tribune$/Billy Penn]

• Local businesses affected by the I-95 collapse can visit a new center to get help and apply for loans, at the PFD Engine 38 training facility at 4933 Magee Ave. [NBC10]

• Popular Jersey party town Wildwood was thrown into a tizzy after a Friday night substation fire took out power for the whole strip. Moreys Piers roller coasters shut down and ice cream machines stopped serving — but people were able to have fun anyway. Everything was reportedly restored by Sunday morning. [6ABC/Press of AC$]

• Mo’ne Davis, who as a Philly teen became the first girl to pitch a win (and shutout!) in the Little League World Series, is now an intern for the Los Angeles Dodgers. [WHYY 2015/Yahoo]

• Calling all fans of erstwhile Vetri hot spot Amis Philly: There’s a special pop-up dinner at Osteria featuring the artwork of Brad Spence — the former Amis chef who’s now a bona fide painter. [Billy Penn]

• How well do you know this city? We have a new BP Quizzo online quiz, in advance of our in-person event this Wednesday. Without using Google, see if you can beat the high score. [Billy Penn]


Nothing on the public schedule for Mayor JFK today. Looks like his social media team has set up an account on Threads, but there aren’t yet any posts.


🍺 BP Quizzo is this week! Join us for a night of Philly news and history trivia at Punch Buggy Brewing Co. Expect $5 pours, discounted nachos from Puerco Loco, and a $50 gift card for the winning team. Free with RSVP, see you there. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12)

🍾 Prepare for Bastille Day with Versailles-inspired burlesque show by Lelu Lenore at Royal Boucherie in Old City. $30 tickets include a glass of champagne. (7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 12)

🗺️ Join the Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Journal at Old City’s Museum for Art in Wood to help create the first map of Philadelphia in Arabic, with translated street names, landmarks, and storytelling. Free, with refreshments served. (1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 14)