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The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame Class of 2019

 

Sitting (left to right): Adam Frederick (representing Bruce Frederick), Marianna Freeman,

Ann Marie "Annie" Igo Rizzo, Montell Owens;

Standing (left to right): Ian Snell, Dan Rincon, George Alderman,

Donald Altmaier (representing Margarent Varner Bloss), Dexter Boney. 

 

Photos by Jeff Fannon

Date: May 9, 2019

 

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 Thursday, May 9, at The Chase Center at the Wilmington Riverfront to honor the esteemed group.

 

The DSMHOF Class of 2019 included: 

 

George Alderman: Over a 49-year competitive career, was one of America’s most success­ful sports car racing drivers, racing in Sportscar Club of America and International Motor Sports Association events.

 

Dexter Boney: All-time leading scorer in Delaware high school basketball history at Brandywine HS before embarking on an outstanding collegiate career at UNLV and a stint in the National Basketball Association.

 

Bruce Frederick: A fixture in the gymnastics world for over 50 years as an athlete, coach, official and historian, he was inducted into the National Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1990. He will be inducted posthumously.

Marianna Freeman:  Standout basketball player at Smyrna HS who went on to an outstanding playing career at Cheyney (Pa.) State before a successful stint as a Division I women’s head coach, leading Syracuse to the NCAA Tournament.

Montell Owens: Outstanding high school gridder at Concord HS who went on to an impressive career at the University of Maine and enjoyed an nine-year Pro Bowl career in the NFL primarily with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dan Rincon: Former Dover Air Force Base HS cross country and distance state champion who went on to an All-American career at University of Maryland where he also later coached. He held the state marathon record for over 40 years.

Ann Marie “Annie” Igo Rizzo: Standout basketball player at St. Elizabeth HS and later at the University of Delaware, where she is a member of the UD Athletics Hall of Fame. She has gone on to enjoy a national-calibre career in the sports of basketball and tennis at the National Senior Olympics.

Ian Snell: Caesar Rodney HS All-State pitcher and Delaware Baseball Hall of Famer who went on to pitch in the Major Leagues for seven years, primarily with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning 14 games in 2006.

 

Margaret Varner Bloss:  An ace on many different courts, she was a world-class performer in tennis, squash, and badminton for three decades, remains the only Delawarean to compete internationally in three racquet sports, and is a member of five halls of fame.

 

Come visit the DSMHOF located outside at the first base side of Frawley Stadium this summer. The Hall of Fame is open 2 ½ hours before each  Wilmington Blue Rocks home game. Admission is free. Group tours are available by appointment and for a small fee. 

 

 

 

April 1, 2019

 

SUBJECT: Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame Announces Star-Studded Induction Class for 2019; Banquet Set for May 9 at The Chase Center in Wilmington

 

DATE: April 1, 2019                                                                                 

 

WILMINGTON, Del. – Nine prominent men and women, whose outstanding accomplishments in the world of athletics have brought distinction to the state of Delaware over the last seven decades, have been selected for induction into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.

 

The nine standouts will be honored at the state’s premier sports banquet on Thursday, May 9, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Tickets to the 44th annual banquet are $65 each with tables of 10 available for $650. Social hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and ceremony at 6:45.

 

Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased online at the DSMHOF website at www.desports.org/events. The deadline for reserving tickets is Wednesday, May 1.

 

Advertising opportunities for the souvenir program are also available on the DSMHOF website.

 

In addition, the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame (located on the first base side outside of Frawley Stadium) will open for visitors beginning this Thursday, April 4, at 4 p.m. The hall will be open three hours prior to each Blue Rocks night game and immediately after each Blue Rocks day game. Admission if free.

 

The DSMHOF Class of 2019 includes:

 

George Alderman: Over a 49-year competitive career, was one of America’s most success­ful sports car racing drivers, racing in Sportscar Club of America and International Motor Sports Association events.

Dexter Boney: All-time leading scorer in Delaware high school basketball history at Brandywine HS before embarking on an outstanding collegiate career at UNLV and a stint in the National Basketball Association.

Bruce Frederick: A fixture in the gymnastics world for over 50 years as an athlete, coach, official and historian, he was inducted into the National Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1990. He will be inducted posthumously.

Marianna Freeman:  Standout basketball player at Smyrna HS who went on to an outstanding playing career at Cheyney (Pa.) State before a successful stint as a Division I women’s head coach, leading Syracuse to the NCAA Tournament.

Montell Owens: Outstanding high school gridder at Concord HS who went on to an impressive career at the University of Maine and enjoyed an nine-year Pro Bowl career in the NFL primarily with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dan Rincon: Former Dover Air Force Base HS cross country and distance state champion who went on to an All-American career at University of Maryland where he also later coached. He held the state marathon record for over 40 years.

Anne Marie Igo Rizzo: Standout basketball player at St. Elizabeth HS and later at the University of Delaware, where she is a member of the UD Athletics Hall of Fame. She has gone on to enjoy a national-calibre career in the sports of basketball and tennis at the National Senior Olympics.

Ian Snell: Two-time Caesar Rodney HS All-State pitcher who went on to pitch in the Major Leagues for seven years, primarily with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning 14 games in 2006.

 

Margaret Varner Bloss:  An ace on many different courts, she was a world-class performer in tennis, squash, and badminton for three decades, remains the only Delawarean to compete internationally in three racquet sports, and is a member of five halls of fame.

 

December 15, 2018

 

DSMHOF 2019 Membership Drive Underway

 

Dear DSMHOF Member and Prospective Members,

 

The mission of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame is to celebrate the history, preserve the legacy, and honor the heroes of the sports within Delaware and those who have brought recognition to Delaware by their accomplishments elsewhere. The membership strives to educate young and old about athletics, sportsmanship, and work ethic while providing inspiration to maintain active and healthy lifestyles through sports.

 

Your membership and participation in the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame provides

you several important opportunities to help us achieve our mission.

 

  1. Provides you the opportunity to receive a ballot to vote on nominees for induction into the Hall of Fame as well as other benefits
  2.  Provides financial support to help preserve the legacy through expanding and maintaining the museum
  3.  Shows that you care about the impact of Delaware athletes within the community

 

Membership Levels

Platinum sustaining member                $ 2,500

Gold sustaining member                        $ 1,000

Silver sustaining member                       $    500

Bronze sustaining member                    $    150

Basic member                                          $      40        

 

All Sustaining Memberships include recognition at our annual induction banquet in May and at the museum.

 

For your convenience, you can continue your membership or join by visiting www.desports.org and selecting Membership to pay by credit/debit card or you can complete and return the attached form with your check.  Remember, dues must be paid by January 31, 2019 in order to receive a 2019 induction ballot.

 

If you have already paid your membership dues after February 1, 2018 – Thank you! Please help expand the membership by telling friends, family, fellow coaches and athletes, and co-workers.

 

Thank you!

 

Marty Walsh

President

 

Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame is a charitable 501(c) (3) organization.  

Your membership is tax deductible.

 

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 desports@windstream.net 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. 

 
The mission of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame is to celebrate the historypreserve the legacy, and honor the heroes of sports within Delaware and those who have brought recognition to Delaware by their accomplishments elsewhere. The membership strives to educate young and old about athletics, sportsmanship, and work ethic while providing inspiration to maintain active and healthy lifestyles through sports.
 

 

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