November 9, 2018
The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Family was saddened this week with the passing of 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, longtime volunteer, and award-winning high school official Frank Shea.
Shea passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the age of 89.
He was probably best known for his impact and contribution to Delaware high school sports. He officiated football, basketball, and baseball for more than a half century. In 2002, he was honored as the National Distinguished Official of the Year Award, the first ever awarded to a Delaware Official.
He was a charter member of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association State Football Committee (formerly DSSAA) for 36 years; a cross section of school administrators, officials, and athletic directors directly responsible for management and oversight for the State Football Tournament.
Shea was the first sports official in Delaware to reach 50 years of service. To mark his 50th year as a referee, then-Gov. Tom Carper presented Shea with an
Official State of Delaware Proclamation, declaring the Frank Shea Golden Whistle Award and recognizing Shea as it’s first recipient.
This award is offered to any Delaware sports official who achieves 50 years of service.
In addition, Shea received the Sports Official of the Year award by the National Federation of High School Sports. He was selected from a field of over 156,000 sports officials in the United States.
Following his retirement from the Northern Delaware Football Officials Association, Shea continued his service to the community by volunteering at the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, providing guided tours to the many who visited the museum.
He was born in 1929 in Blackstone, Mass. and attended Blackstone High School. After graduation he joined the army, spending most of his deployment working at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. He married Jacqueline Lizotte in 1955 and moved to Delaware. He was an employee of United Engineers where he worked for many years.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, November 11 from 4-6 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 809 South Broom Street, Wilmington, Del., 19805. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church on Monday, November 12 at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Hwy. New Castle, Del., 19702.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19802 (www.desports.org) or St. Elizabeth School, 809 South Broom Street, Wilmington, Del., 19805.
November 5, 2018
SUBJECT: Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame to Hold Open Nomination Event Sunday, Nov. 11, at Dover Downs Casino & Hotel.
DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame will be holding a public nomination event for induction candidates for the 2019 Hall of Fame this Sunday, Nov. 11, at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.
The event will take place in Room B of The Festival Buffet Restaurant inside Dover Downs Casino. The event will be held from 1-3 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
The public is invited to attend the event and nominate a deserving candidate in-person for the 2019 Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. Nominators will have a maximum of five minutes to speak about their nominee, highlighting accomplishments as an athlete, coach, official, or administrator, to DSMHOF board members.
This will be the lone opportunity for the public to make nominations in-person for the 2019 class.
Formal athletic resumes, letters of recommendation, and supporting documents may also be presented to the board at the nomination event. Nominators will have an opportunity to speak on a first-come, first-served basis.
Anyone planning to attend the event and make a nomination or anyone needing additional information should email email@example.com or call 302-562-5129.
Founded in 1976, the mission of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame is to celebrate the history, preserve the legacy, and honor the heroes of sports within Delaware and those who have brought recognition to Delaware by their accomplishments elsewhere.
Nominations can also be made at the DSMHOF website at desports.org no later than Dec. 15, 2018.
The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Seated (left to right): Sarah Cashman Gersky, Heidi Pearce, Penny Welsh, Clinton Burke
Standing: Larry Shenk, Wilbert L. “Bunny” Miller, David Williams, Jimmy Allen, Chuck Fort (representing his father, Tom Fort)
Photos by Mark Campbell
Date: May 22, 2018
Nine prominent men and women, whose outstanding accomplishments in the world of athletics has brought distinction to the state of Delaware over the last five decades, were honored as the newest inductees into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.
An enthusiastic crowd of family and friends was on hand on Tuesday, May 22, at The Chase Center at the Wilmington Riverfront to honor the esteemed group.
The DSMHOF Class of 2018 included:
Jimmy Allen: Three-sport star at Cape Henlopen High School, basketball standout at the University of New Haven, NBA Boston Celtics draftee, and college coach
Clinton Burke: All-American wrestler at the University of Oklahoma from William Penn High School and nationally-recognized standout in judo and sambo
Sarah Cashman Gersky: Basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse immortal at Colgate University and the Tower Hill School
Tom Fort: National and local leader in track and field officiating (inducted posthumously and represented by his son, Chuck Fort)
Wilbert “Bunny” Miller: All-star baseball catcher at Delaware State University, Howard High School, and Wilmington Semi-Pro League
Heidi Pearce: All-American lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins University from St. Andrew’s School and current Washington (Md.) College head coach
Larry Shenk: Philadelphia Phillies vice president for public relations for over five decades
Penny Welsh: Basketball star at UNLV, Pitt, and St. Elizabeth High School
David Williams: Left-handed pitcher for the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets from Caesar Rodney High School and Delaware Tech
Come visit the DSMHOF located outside at the first base side of Frawley Stadium this summer. Hours are Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and admission is free. Group tours are available by appointment and for a small fee.
April through October
(year round for school and group tours by appointment)
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm