Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame

Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Preserving and Presenting Philadelphia's Sports History
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With Philadelphia's sports history dating to the mid 1800's, a "classic" museum area will be a major feature in our eventual facility. It includes displays from the most extensive and unique collection of Philadelphia sports artifacts, memorabilia and architectural items. Exhibits will include themed displays, dioramas, video capture for unique photo opportunities and architectural pieces integral

to the design of the building. Using the latest technology and entertainment concepts, the museum will also have a distinctly 21st century flavor. Elements of this include an interactive timeline of Philadelphia sports, digital photo opportunities and an electronic media center where visitors can view or listen to old game broadcasts, television shows, audio, tapes and films. Participatory features include virtual reality, sports simulation areas and the ability to electronically browse through thousands of pages of old programs, newspapers, scorecards, magazines and books.

09/23/2023

The Philadelphia Eagles have called six different stadiums home.

While it wasn't for long (1936-39), perhaps their most unique was Philadelphia Municipal Stadium.

Seen here with Veterans Stadium and The Spectrum, it was also known as Sesquicentennial Stadium and John F. Kennedy Stadium

09/09/2023

On This Day In 1970

The “Bull” Greg Luzinski makes his big league debut as a pinch hitter striking out. 2 years later Schmidt joins the party and the foundations of a championship we’re starting…



Photo by Phillies fan club

09/09/2023
09/09/2023

Born 100 years ago, Sept. 7, 1923, in the city's Logan section, legendary Philadelphia sports broadcaster Bill Campbell.

The PSWA gives an award in his name each year to a broadcaster for their accomplishments behind the mic in Philadelphia! Who will it be at our 120th dinner in 2024? Stay tuned for more info on next year's event.

The below link takes you to his bio on the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame page.
https://www.broadcastpioneers.com/billcampbell.html

09/07/2023

2 Great Phillies Having A Laugh

It’s been said Dick Allen was a poison in the clubhouse. The truth is his teammates loved and respected #15 just like Johnny Callison below…



Photo by Dick Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame

09/02/2023

Municipal Stadium (JFK Stadium) under construction. (1925)

20 for 20 Philly’s Gridiron Greats!!!!
09/02/2023

20 for 20 Philly’s Gridiron Greats!!!!

Coach K and Herb were not already in??? Well deserved Coach Magee!
08/25/2023

Coach K and Herb were not already in??? Well deserved Coach Magee!

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2023 INDUCTION CELEBRATION August 30, 2023 | 167 Green Street | Chicago, IL The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame honors and celebrates the players, coaches and contributors who have made extraordinary contributions to the game of men’...

08/14/2023

The Sesquicentennial Stadium in 1926. This photo was taken shortly after it opened for the Sesquicentennial International Exposition (World's Fair). The fair opened on May 31, 1926, and ran through November 30, in South Philadelphia between the Naval Yard and Packer Avenue, and between 10th and 23rd Streets. It was later named Municipal Stadium and then JFK Stadium before it was closed down in 1989 and later demolished in 1992. The 1993 Philadelphia stop for the Lollapalooza music festival was held at the JFK Stadium site on July 18, 1993. The site was an open field, as construction had not yet begun on the then still tentatively named "Spectrum II" (Wells Fargo Center).

08/14/2023

Miss All These Guys On Alumni Weekend

Gone but never forgotten…



Photo by Philadelphia Phillies

08/06/2023

Joe Klecko, a Chester native and St. James grad, was one of nine people inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday.

20 for 20 - the top collegiate inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame!!!!
08/03/2023

20 for 20 - the top collegiate inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame!!!!

08/01/2023

A South Philadelphia neighborhood view of Veterans Stadium in the 1980s.

08/01/2023

Veterans Stadium under construction, 1970. Part of sports row on Broad Street. The former home of the Phillies and Eagles, the Vet replaced Shibe Park as home of the Phils. Slight oval to the design--technically, an octorad--distinguished it from other purely circular cookie-cutter facilities. In back of the Vet: the Spectrum and John F. Kennedy Stadium. All three are gone now, but South Broad Street lives on as home to sporting venues in Philly as South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The Vet closed in 2004, JFK in 1992 and the Spectrum in 2011.

07/30/2023

Here’s a history lesson of Eagles training camp, which took place all over many years ago.

20-for-20! Title IX - legendary women inductees into the PSHOF!!!!!
07/21/2023

20-for-20! Title IX - legendary women inductees into the PSHOF!!!!!

07/16/2023

Built as Sesquicentennial Stadium in 1926, later known as Municipal Stadium and then named JFK Stadium until it was demolished in 1992. This photo was taken circa 1930s.

07/15/2023

You know what's sad about this picture? Most of us who enjoy this page, are older than the Vet and the Spectrum and only a handful of people are older than JFK Stadium (bottom of the picture). JFK Stadium originally known as the Sesquicentennial Stadium, then later called Municipal Stadium opened in 1926 and was demolished in 1992. The Spectrum (middle of picture) opened in 1967 and was demolished between 2010-2011by wrecking ball. Veterans Stadium (top of picture) opened in 1971 and was demolished in 2004. Sadly all 3 are gone and they are just a memory. Some of the best concerts, sporting events and entertainment events were enjoyed at these venues 😥😢😢😥😢 Posted by Carl Manley.

07/15/2023

Shibe Park photograph from the 1929 World Series (won by the Philadelphia A's in 5). One of the best of Philadelphia's old ballpark that I have ever seen. It gives such a great perspective of the surrounding area. Photo: Hagley ID, J. Victor Dallin Aerial Survey

07/13/2023

10th and Pattison in Philly, the future home of Citizen's Bank Park 1926

07/13/2023
12/27/2022

Aerial view of the Langhorne Speedway, under construction. Opened in 1926, it was the first one-mile dirt track built specifically for automobile racing. In this southwest-to-northeast view, grandstand seating is visible, as are Route 1 and Woodbourne Road. Probably taken June 1926. The final race was held at the speedway in 1971. Photo Credit: Library Company of Philadelphia.

Our last NBA championship. Been too long!!!!!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m04apldIo0A
12/16/2022

Our last NBA championship. Been too long!!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m04apldIo0A

The 1982–83 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 37th season of the franchise (going back to their days as the Syracuse Nationals) and their 20th season in Phil...

This is a really interesting retrospective from 55 years ago!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0faQ-6RJyA
12/15/2022

This is a really interesting retrospective from 55 years ago!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0faQ-6RJyA

Led by Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Chet Walker, Lucious Jackson, Wali Jones, and Coach Alex Hannum, the 1966-67 76ers had one of the most ...

On this "Giving Tuesday", please consider the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame for a contribution. We are an all-volunte...
11/29/2022

On this "Giving Tuesday", please consider the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame for a contribution. We are an all-volunteer, 501C3 registered non-profit. All funds go to preserving Philadelphia's sports history, technology initiatives and community programs.

http://www.phillyhall.org/donate.html

As we enter this season of giving, please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to the Hall of Fame. Your donation dollars are critical to the Hall and go directly to programs and museum-related efforts including new exhibits at the Preview Gallery at Spike's. Your gift--large or small--mak...

What a night!!!  Let’s reminisce.
11/22/2022

What a night!!! Let’s reminisce.

11/15/2022

The 1930 World Series featured the defending World Series champion (and 1930 American League (AL) champion) Philadelphia Athletics against the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Athletics defeated the Cardinals in six games, 4–2. Philadelphia's pitching ace Lefty Grove, and George Earnshaw, the No. 2 man in Mack's rotation, won two games apiece. Earnshaw also pitched seven scoreless innings as Game 5 starter, but ended up with a no-decision as Grove relieved him in the eighth and took the win on Jimmie Foxx's two-run homer in the top of the ninth for the game's only scoring.

The Cardinals led the National League in runs scored and averaged six runs per game in the regular season, but could manage only two runs per game in this World Series.

This was the Athletics' fifth World Series championship win (following 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1929), and their last in Philadelphia before moving to Kansas City in 1955 and then Oakland in 1968—where they have since won four more World Series titles (1972, 1973, 1974, and 1989). Their win this year tied them with the Boston Red Sox for most World Series wins as of that point (five) until 1937, when the New York Yankees surged ahead of both in World Series wins and have gone on to amass 27 World Series championships as of 2020.

The city of Philadelphia would have to wait 50 years until its next World Series championship when the Phillies defeated the Kansas City Royals and thus became the last of the "Original Sixteen" MLB franchises to accomplish the feat.

This World Series also marks the beginning of the Cardinals run of dominance in the National League in the early 1930s. They would win the pennant three times between 1930 and 1934 and the World Series in 1931 and '34.

This would also be the final World Series where both teams uniforms did not have numbers.

Believe it or not, but the Palestra has a basement. We’ve been there!
11/13/2022

Believe it or not, but the Palestra has a basement. We’ve been there!

The Palestra (built 1926, Day & Klauder, architects) and Hutchinson Gymnasium (built 1928), during construction. Located at 220 South 32nd Street. Row houses visible in front of the Palestra and construction supplies and workers in front of Hutchinson. Includes sign of Costruse and Sons Brick Work. Photo was taken circa 1928. Photo Credit: The University of Pennsylvania Archives.

PSHOF inductee S**g Crawford!
11/11/2022

PSHOF inductee S**g Crawford!

Today's baseball artifact from the CooperstownExpert.com...

S**g Crawford was the home plate umpire for the mele between the Giants Juan Marichal and the Dodgers Johnny Roseboro. Here's a letter from Crawford outlining the incident.

More on Marichal can be read by clicking on the link below.
https://www.cooperstownexpert.com/player/juan-marichal/

What a night! Relive the excitement of the 2022 Inductee Class entering the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame!!!!!!!!!
11/07/2022

What a night! Relive the excitement of the 2022 Inductee Class entering the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame!!!!!!!!!

If this accounted for adequate parking, could have worked. But you can see why this proposal did not move past the scale...
11/06/2022

If this accounted for adequate parking, could have worked. But you can see why this proposal did not move past the scale model phase.

Aerial view of the proposed new stadium before Veterans Stadium. Just north of 30th and Market Streets, they were going to squeeze this between the Schuylkill River and the Pennsylvania Railroad's High Line. The arrow depicts the 30th Street U.S. Main Post Office Building. April 4th, 1970. Photo Credit: Temple University Archives.

Fran, Phil and Jay from the 2022 Induction Ceremony!
11/04/2022

Fran, Phil and Jay from the 2022 Induction Ceremony!

10/28/2022

10/27/80

Michael Jack Schmidt of your World Champion Philadelphia Phillies graces the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Wilt vs Russell. Guy Rodgers  #5. Paul Arizin  #11. And Bob Cousy  #14 for Boston. 5 basketball hall of famers in one pi...
10/27/2022

Wilt vs Russell. Guy Rodgers #5. Paul Arizin #11. And Bob Cousy #14 for Boston. 5 basketball hall of famers in one pic! At long gone Convention Hall in Philadelphia.

GSP's
Big Bill v The Dipper

10/16/2022

The first Phillies game was played May 1, 1883 at Recreation Park on the corner of 24th Street and Ridge Avenue with the club losing 4-3 to the Providence Grays . Not too many other teams can say they started in the late 1800s in the same original city without being relocated, with the same original team name, and still playing today? 12 teams started in 1883. The Philadelphia Athletics started in 1882 but they changed cities. Some people have said they wish we still had two teams here in Philadelphia :-)

10/02/2022
09/22/2022

September 22 is the birthday for three PSHoF inductees: Tommy Lasorda, Harold Carmichael and Mike Richter!

Wow! Al Meltzer on the call.
09/19/2022

Wow! Al Meltzer on the call.

WPHL coverage . Promos include "New Team, New Home of the Phillies" .Also, Dr. Shock was coming up after the game

Narrated by John Facenda!  Must watch for the Big 5 fan.
09/16/2022

Narrated by John Facenda! Must watch for the Big 5 fan.

This was the only time Penn scored 100 points in a Big 5 game, as the Quakers defeated the Explorers, 107-88. Narrated by John Facenda. Steve Seltzer & David...

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Congratulations to Class of 2022’s International Women's Boxing Hall of Famer Fredia "Cheetah" Gibbs Sports Legend on being inducted into Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame last night:

“Fredia Gibbs, an All-American on the basketball court for Chester High School, was also an All-American at Cabrini College, where she is the school’s career leader in points and assists. She is also a three-time world Tae Kwon Do champion, a kickboxing champion, Cabrini and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and recently became the first woman in the state to have a statue placed in her honor.”
Does anyone a phone number for the Philly Sports Hall of Fame? The one listed here on the left is no longer in service. Thanks for any help.
Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame: "Great article by Curry Kirkpatrick from 1969 in Sports Illustrated about LaSalle basketball".
Several future ABAers played for that strong team.
the smart money says the one person who can save the 76s as coach is dawn staley. the only one

Celebrating Tina Sloan Green
Co-founder of the Black Women in Sport Foundation.

First Black woman on the Women's USA Field Hockey Team (1969 - 1973).

Inducted into the USA National Lacrosse Hall of Fame USA Lacrosse (1997).

Inducted into the International Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame (1999).

Inducted to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2013).

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⚾️🎂On August 30, 1944 Tug McGraw was born in Martinez, California.🎂⚾️

•Birth Name: Frank Edwin McGraw Jr.

•Nickname: “Tug”

•High School: St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School (Vallejo, California)

•College: Vallejo Junior College (now Solano Community College)

•Position: Pitcher

•Height: 6’0” •Weight: 170

•Batted: Right •Threw: Left

•MLB Debut: April 18, 1965

•Last MLB Appearance: September 25, 1984

•MLB Teams: New York Mets (1965–1967, 1969–1974) and Philadelphia Phillies (1975–1984)
*Also served in the US Marine Corps Reserve (1965-1971)

•MLB Stats: •Record: 96-92 (.511) •ERA: 3.14 •Strikeouts: 1,109 •Complete Games: 5 •Shutouts: 1 •Saves: 180

•Awards & Highlights: 2-time All-Star (1972, 1975), 2-time World Series Champion (1969, 1980) and Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Good Guy Award (1980)

•Legacy: Inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame (1993), the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame (1999), the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and selected to Philadelphia Phillies Centennial Team (1983)
*Tug is the father of country music singer Tim McGraw.

•Died: January 5, 2004 (aged 59) in Brentwood, Tennessee
why are there no motorsports people in this hall of fame?
Bill Holland, born in Philadelphia, was an Indy "500" winner with a few other top three finishes.
Smokey Yunick was one of the most creative mechanics of his time in multiple racing championships. He was from Neshaminy PA.
🏀🎂On June 26, 1936 Hal Greer was born in Huntington, West Virginia.🎂🏀

•Birth Name: Harold Everett Greer

•Nicknames: “High Gear Greer”

•High School: Douglass Junior and Senior High School (West Virginia)

•Height: 6’2” •Weight: 175

•Position: Point Guard / Shooting Guard

•College: Marshall (1955–1958)

•College Stats: •Games: 71 •Points: 1,377 (19.4 ppg) •Rebounds: 765 (10.8 rpg) •Field Goal%: 54.5

•Drafted: 1958 NBA Draft / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall by the Syracuse Nationals

•NBA Teams: Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers (1958-1973)

•NBA Stats: •Points: 21,586 (19.2 ppg) •Rebounds: 5,665 (5 rpg) •Assists: 4,540 (4 apg)

•Awards & Highlights: First-Team All-MAC (1958), NBA Champion (1967), 10-time NBA All-Star (1961–1970), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1968) and 7-time All-NBA Second Team (1963–1969)

•Legacy: Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1982), the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2006), the Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame (1985), the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996), the Philadelphia 76ers retired his number 15 (1976) and the Marshall Thundering Herd retired his number 16
*Greer is the Philadelphia 76ers franchise record holder for points scored, field goals, field goal attempts, games played, and minutes played.

•Died: April 14, 2018 (aged 81) in Arizona
⚾️🎂On June 8, 1925 Dale Ennis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.🎂⚾️

•Birth Name: Delmer Ennis

•Nicknames: “Ennis the Menace” “Ding D**g Del”

•High School: Olney High School (Philadelphia)
*Ennis joined the U.S. Navy on September 29, 1943. He was discharged on April 5, 1946.

•Position: Outfielder

•Height: 6’0” •Weight: 195

•Batted: Right •Threw: Right

•MLB Debut: April 28, 1946

•Last MLB Appearance: June 14, 1959

•MLB Teams: Philadelphia Phillies (1946–1956), St. Louis Cardinals Fans (1957–1958), Cincinnati Reds (1959) and Chicago White Sox (1959)

•MLB Stats: •Batting Average: .284 •Hits: 2,063 •Home Runs: 288 •RBI: 1,284

•Awards & Highlights: The Sporting News Rookie of the Year (1946), 3-time All-Star (1946, 1951, 1955) and NL RBI Leader (1950)

•Legacy: Inducted into the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame (1982), the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2006) and is a member of the Philadelphia Phillies Centennial Team (1983)
*Ennis held the Philadelphia Phillies career record of 259 home runs from 1956 to 1980, eventually passed by Mike Schmidt.

•Died: February 8, 1996 (aged 70) in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
🏀🎂On June 3, 1943 Billy Cunningham was born in Brooklyn, New York.🎂🏀

•Birth Name: William John Cunningham

•Nickname: “The Kangaroo Kid”

•High School: Erasmus Hall High School (Brooklyn, New York)

•Height: 6’6” •Weight: 210

•Position: Small Forward

•College: North Carolina (1962–1965)

•College Stats: •Games: 69 •Points: 1,709 (24.8 ppg) •Rebounds: 1,062 (15.4 rpg)

•Drafted: 1965 NBA Draft / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers

•NBA/ABA Teams: Philadelphia 76ers (1965-1972, 1974-1976) and Carolina Cougars (1972-1974)

•NBA/ABA Stats: •Points: 16,310 (21.2 ppg) •Rebounds: 7,981 (10.4 rpg) •Assists: 3,305 (4.3 apg)

•Teams Coached: Philadelphia 76ers (1977-1985)

•Head Coaching Record: 454-196 (.698)

•Awards & Highlights: ACC Player of the Year (1965), 3-time All-ACC (1963-1965), 2-time All-ACC Tournament (1963-1964), 2-time USBWA All-American (1964–1965), Helms Foundation All-American (1965), ACC Academic All-Conference (1965), 2-time NBA Champion (1967, 1983), 4-time NBA All-Star (1969–1972), 3-time All-NBA First Team (1969–1971), All-NBA Second Team (1972), NBA All-Rookie First Team (1966), ABA MVP (1973), All-ABA First Team (1973), ABA All-Star (1973) and 4-time NBA All-Star Game head coach (1978, 1980, 1981, 1983)

•Legacy: Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1986), the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2006), the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2004), named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996), the ABA All-Time Team (1997) and the Philadelphia 76ers retired his number 32 (1976)
🏈🎂On May 1, 1925 Chuck Bednarik was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.🎂🏈

•Birth Name: Charles Philip Bednarik

•Nickname: “Concrete Charlie”

•High School: Liberty High School (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
*Following his graduation from high school, Bednarik entered the United States Air Force and served as a B-24 waist gunner with the Eighth Air Force during World War II. He flew on 30 combat missions over Germany, for which he was awarded the Air Medal and 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and 4 Battle Stars.

•Position: Linebacker / Center

•Height: 6’3” •Weight: 233

•College: University of Pennsylvania (1945-1948)

•Drafted: 1949 NFL Draft / Round: 1 / Pick: 1 by the Philadelphia Eagles

•NFL Teams: Philadelphia Eagles (1949–1962)

•NFL Stats: •Games: 169 •Interceptions: 20 •Interception Yards: 268 •Fumbles Recovered: 21 •Defensive Touchdowns: 1

•Awards & Highlights: 2-time Consensus All-American (1947, 1948), Maxwell Award (1948), 2-time NFL champion (1949, 1960), 8-time Pro Bowl (1950–1954, 1956, 1957, 1960), 10-time First-team All-Pro (1950–1957, 1960, 1961) and John Wanamaker Award/Philadelphia Athlete of the Year (1961)

•Legacy: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1967), the College Football Hall of Fame (1969), the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame (1987), the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2004), is a member of the NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1969), NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team (1994), NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team (2019), NFL 1950s All-Decade Team (1969) and the Philadelphia Eagles retired his number 60 (1987)

•Died: March 21, 2015 (aged 89) in Richland, Pennsylvania
⚾️🎂On April 22, 1918 Mickey Vernon was born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania.🎂⚾️

•Birth Name: James Barton Vernon

•Nickname: “Mickey”

•High School: Eddystone High School (Eddystone, Pennsylvania)

•College: Villanova

•Position: First Baseman / Manager

•Height: 6’2” •Weight: 170

•Batted: Left •Threw: Left

•MLB Debut: July 8, 1939

•Last MLB Appearance: September 27, 1960

•MLB Teams: Washington Senators (1939–1943, 1946–1948, 1950-1954), Cleveland Indians (1949–1950, 1958), Boston Red Sox (1956–1957), Milwaukee Braves (1959) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1960)
*During World War II, Vernon served in the U.S. Navy, missing the 1944 and 1945 seasons.

•MLB Stats: •Batting Average: .286 •Hits: 2,495 •Home Runs: 172 •RBI: 1,311

•Teams Managed: Washington Senators (1961–1963)

•Managerial Record: 135–227 (.373)

•Awards & Highlights: 7-time All-Star (1946, 1948, 1953–1956, 1958), World Series Champion (1960) and 2-time AL Batting Champion (1946, 1953)

•Legacy: Inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2008)
*Vernon holds the major league record for career double plays at first base (2,044). He also has the American League record for career games (2,227), putouts (19,754), assists (1,444) and total chances (21,408).

•Died: September 24, 2008 (aged 90) in
Media, Pennsylvania