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SUBJECT: Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame Announces Star-Studded Induction Class for 2020; Banquet Set for Oct. 14 at The Chase Center in Wilmington

 

DATE: April 2, 2020

 

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

 

The 10 standouts, seven of whom made major contributions as coaches at the high school and college levels, will be honored at the state’s premier sports banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. The traditional spring date for the event was moved to the fall due to the existing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Tickets to the 45th annual banquet are $65 each with tables of 10 available for $600. 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, Oct. 7.

 

Advertising opportunities for the souvenir program are also available. Contact DSMHOF Executive Director Scott Selheimer for details. 

 

This versatile group of inductees represent the sports of football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track & field, distance running, baseball, and softball, as well as the fields of sports writing and officiating while representing all three counties in Delaware.

 

The DSMHOF Class of 2020 includes:

 

Mel Gardner - A member of both the National High School Baseball Hall of Fame and Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame, he enjoyed outstanding success as head baseball coach at William Penn High School for 30 years and coached several major leaguers.

 

Jack Gregory – The first organizer and administrator of the Delaware Blue-Gold High School Football All-Star Game, he was a standout coach at the P.S. DuPont HS before moving to the college head coaching ranks at East Stroudsburg, Villanova, and Rhode Island and as athletic director at Bowling Green. He passed away in 2014.

 

Jerry Kobasa – Enjoyed outstanding success as an athlete, coach, and administrator at the high school and college levels in Delaware in the sports of football, basketball, and baseball over a half-century. He is a member of four other athletic halls of fame within the state.

 

George Kosanovich – Over a span of 42 years as a high school football coach, won 264 games at Wilmington, McKean, and Concord to rank third all-time in state history. His teams won three state titles, made 11 tournament appearances, and several of his players went on to NFL careers.

 

Tom Lemon – A member of the St. Mark’s High School and Delaware Baseball halls of fame, he served as baseball coach at St. Mark’s for 16 years and led the Spartans to four state titles and eight championship game appearances.

 

Art Madric – His name is synonymous with success in track & field. He helped found the successful Wilmington Track Club, led Howard and Glasgow boys’ and girl’s high school teams to 11 state titles, and was named state Coach of the Year eight times.

 

Charles Rayne – One of the top high school basketball players in state history, he led Indian River HS to two state titles, earned All-State honors three times, and was a four-year standout in college at Temple University, eventually being drafted by the NBA Phoenix Suns.

 

Lou Romanoli – Made his mark as a standout baseball player at UD and the Wilmington Semi-Pro League, in football with the Wilmington Football League, as general manager of the Wilmington Blue Bombers in basketball, and as a marathon runner. Also contributed as a high school basketball official and officer with the DSMHOF.

 

Gary Smith – One of the nation’s most prominent sportswriters, the Dickinson HS graduate has won four National Magazine Awards, the highest honor bestowed on magazine writers, the magazine equivalent of the Pulitzer Price. He joined Sports Illustrated in 1982.

 

Tyresa Smith – A two-time All-State pick at Polytech High School, she went on to a Hall of Fame career at the University of Delaware where she earned all-conference honors, set numerous school records and led the team to the NCAA Tournament. She played in the WNBA and overseas.

 

Below are detailed bios on the DSMHOF Class of 2020.

 

MEL GARDNER

 

For over 40 years Mel Gardner has been prominent in Delaware high school baseball, as coach of William Penn High School for 30 years, and behind the scenes as an organizer and leader of the sport locally and nationally. 

In his 30 years, William Penn compiled a record of 370-208, with a state title in 1991, making Gardner the fourth coach to reach 300 victories. Two of his players, Cliff Brumbaugh and Brett Oberholtzer, reached the majors along with seven other players who played in the minor leagues. He was named Blue Hen Conference Coach of the Year nine times and in 2006 named District 2 (Mid-Atlantic) Coach of the Year by the ABCA. 

In addition his teams were recipients of the state sportsmanship award three times as awarded by the Umpires Association. William Penn was also one of the top fund-raisers on a yearly basis for Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.

He has headed the Delaware Baseball Coaches Association for many years, establishing and organizing the All-State selection process, the Blue-Gold All Star game selection process, pre-season All-State teams, and a poll for top returning teams along with a ranking process for returning players. In addition, he has managed finances, arranged all-star game, tournament schedules, chaired the committee to choose the DBCA Hall of Fame class, heightened communication among coaches, and led fundraising for Carpenter Cup teams. 

Gardner maintains and updates an authoritative, detailed website about Delaware High School baseball past and present. He is a long time member of the state tournament committee and served as chairperson for four years. As a part of his role with the committee he helps organize seeding, assigning personnel, and publicizing results.

After years of service on the National High School Baseball Association, he was elected to its executive board and later became their president. He gave clinics at their conventions and contributed articles to their website. Every year he has gathered and circulated statistics to see that Delaware players are recognized on the Mid-Atlantic Regional teams and sometimes nationally. 

He has continued to serve both the DBCA and the NHSBCA in his retirement. Gardner has also earned induction to the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2008), National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2014), and William Penn High School Hall of Fame (2015).

 

JACK GREGORY

 

Jack Gregory coached P.S. du Pont’s football team for five years before a distinguished career as a college coach and administrator.

The first administrator and organizer of Delaware’s enormously successful Blue-Gold All-Star High School Football Game, he helped start the annual event that raises awareness of Delaware citizens with intellectual disabilities. He supervised many facets of the event each year and also coached in the game. In 2015 his involvement resulted in the DFRC establishing the Coach Jack and Pat Gregory Outstanding Leadership Award.

In 1960 he established the Diamond State Athletic Camp held at the Sanford School and led the organization for 11 years. Considered to be the first of its kind overnight athletic camp, the DSAC offered week-long programs in football, basketball, baseball, and wrestling and attracted leading coaches and players from the college and professional ranks.

After coaching P.S. to a 25-16 record in 1954-1958, with three successive upsets of Salesianum, he moved to his alma mater, coaching East Stroudsburg University to 49-11-2 over seven years, with two league championships, named national NCAA College Division Coach of the Year in 1965.

After serving as an assistant for one season at Navy, he became head coach at Villanova for three seasons, and at Rhode Island for six years. His career head coaching record stood at 132-69-2. After two years in the Green Bay Packers scouting department, he became assistant athletic director at Yale (1978-82), then athletic director at Bowling Green (1982-1994).

He was inducted into the East Stroudsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 and into the Bowling Green State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1994, a wing of the Bowling Green Athletic Field House was named the “Jack Gregory Turf Room” in his honor and in 2014 East Stroudsburg named its football field Gregory-Douds Field.

Gregory passed away in 2014.

JERRY KOBASA

 

Jerry Kobasa was a leader on the field, in the coaching box, and in administration for a half-century in Delaware sports.

In his youth, he was a football and baseball star at Wesley Junior College, after which he became the starting quarterback at Delaware State College.

In 16 years as a high school basketball coach, at Smyrna High School and Sussex Tech, he was named Delaware high school coach of the year in 1979 and 2004, led four teams to Henlopen Conference championships, and twice took Sussex Tech to the Final Four. He was named Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year three times and DIBCA coach of the year twice.

He moved to Wesley College and led to the NCAA Division III tournament four times in 10 years. He concluded his tenure with a 163-109 record.  He was twice named Division II national Coach of the Month and once Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

He was Sussex Tech’s first athletic director, serving in that role for 15 years. He also served 15 years on the board of directors of the associations governing Delaware high school sports, including eight years as chairman of DIAA. He became athletic director of Seaford School district in 2015

He was named to the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame (2001), Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Hall of Fame (2013), Delaware Afro-American Athletic Hall of Fame (2015), Delaware Legends Basketball Hall of Fame (2016), and Delaware State University Athletic Hall of Fame (2017).  He also received the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005).

GEORGE KOSANOVICH

 

Over 42 years as a high school head football coach, George Kosanovich posted a combined record of 264 wins, 177 losses and 12 ties, retiring in 2013 as the third winningest coach in state history.

Taking over at Wilmington High School in 1972, he posted a record of 35-20-5 over six seasons, inclu­ding winning the 1976 Flight B championship. In five seasons at McKean High School (1978-1982), his teams were 25-20-2 and captured two Flight B titles.

He took over at Concord HS in 1983 and made the Raiders a consistent winner. Over 32 seasons, his teams were 204-137-5, reaching the state tournament 11 times. His squads captured state titles in 2003, 2004, and 2006 and finished as state runners-up in 1997 and 2005.

Along the way, he coached future National Football League players Montell Owens (a 2019 DSMHOF inductee), Paul Worrilow, Justin Brown, Albert Horsey and Javor Mills.

A native of Weirton, W. Va., he came to Wilmington High at the urging of his roommate at Marshall University, Alex Sansosti, whom he succeeded as the Red Devils’ coach after assisting on the Red Devils’ 1971 state championship. He always wore shorts during games, whatever the weather, to make his players believe it was never too cold to play.

TOM LEMON

 

Tom Lemon turned St. Mark’s into a baseball powerhouse. Over his 16 years as coach, the Spartans reached the state championship game eight times, winning the state title in 1985, 1988, 1994, and 1997.

Lemon’s teams compiled an overall record of 245-75. Seven of his players were drafted into professional ball. Two, Kevin Mench (a 2017 DSMHOF inductee) and Pedro Swann, played in the major leagues. Before Lemon took over his alma mater’s program, St. Mark’s had never qualified for the state tournament.

In 1986, Lemon coached Delaware to the inaugural championship of the Carpenter Cup Classic, a tournament with teams from southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey.

Lemon was named the state coach of the year in 1985. He also coached at Sanford School, taught a class at DelTech on coaching, presented community clinics, and established a Semi-Pro League team, Pro Physical Therapy, where he could coach his sons, Mark and Greg.

Lemon served on the DSSAA Baseball Committee from 1990 to 1997. He is currently coordinator for the Delaware Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame Committee.

He was inducted into the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 and has been inducted into the St. Mark’s Hall of Honors.

 

ART MADRIC

 

A three-sport standout at Wilmington High School, Art Madric has a noteworthy championship history in the sport of track & field. As a head coach, he guided his squads to 15 state championship and three New Castle County championships, and assisted with six other state championship teams. 

 

Prior to coaching high school track and field, Madric started The Wilmington Track Club in 1975 and found great success, serving as head coach until 2015. Starting with a small group of city children, the program grew rapidly and competed in regional and national competitions, including the prestigious East Coast Invitational at Towson (Md.) University.

 

At the club’s first national meet at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in 1981, team members earned four gold medals. He later started the Higher Heights Track Club based in Bear, Del. As a volunteer, he has coached over 600 track meets, taking Delaware youth throughout the U.S. and leading them to national titles and records.

 

He began his high school coaching at Sanford (1984-86) and Howard (1987-89), and before retiring from the Wilmington Fire Department in 1991, he accepted a position at Glasgow. He was named the state’s coach of the year six times for indoor track & field and two times for outdoor track & field. His coaching specialty came in the hurdles and his athletes won state titles and set numerous records in those events, as well as in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump.

 

He was Terri Dendy’s coach when she made the 1988 Olympic Team and he coached four athletes who competed at the Olympic Trials and two who competed at the USA World Championships.

 

A member of the Wilmington High School Wall of Fame, the Delaware Afro-American Hall of Fame (2004), and Delaware Track Hall of Fame (2009), Madric was also was honored at the White House in 1994 as an Unsung Hero for his work in developing track athletes. The Art Madric Relays is held annually at Caravel Academy.

               

 

CHARLES RAYNE

                A native of Selbyville, Del., Charles Rayne led Indian River High School to two state basketball championships, and anchored Temple University’s frontcourt for four years. He was named first-team All-Atlantic Ten and drafted by the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns.

                At Temple, he started all four years for strong teams, averaging 10.6 points over 107 games. He was first-team All-Atlantic Ten as a senior. He graduated 11th in rebounding in Temple history, and remains ninth in Owl history in shooting percentage. Averaging 12.6 points a game as a senior, he finished with 1,131 points.

Rayne helped the Owls to the second round of the 1984 and 1985 NCAA tournaments. Don Casey or John Chaney assigned him to cover the strongest opposing frontcourt player (Ed Pinckney, Sam Perkins, Dell Curry, Voise Winters, Rodney Blake, Kenny Green or Bill Martin). After his senior year at Temple, he was the sixth-round draft choice of the Phoenix Suns.

                Starting four seasons at Indian River, he helped his team to the state title game in 1978, and made second-team All-State in 1979, first-team All-State in 1980 and 1981. He was the first Delaware player to be named a top 10 player three times.

In 1980, he played through pain with limited mobility from a late-season injury to lead the Indians’ rout of favored Concord in the semifinals and a one-point championship game victory. After most of his teammates graduated, he led the Indians to a repeat title in 1981.

 

LOU ROMANOLI

 

Lou Romanoli’s leadership in Delaware sports spans four sports.

A three-year starter for the University of Delaware baseball team when freshmen were not eligible for varsity, he was moved from shortstop to third base in his senior year of 1956 by new coach Tubby Raymond, who also used him as a pitcher. The Blue Hens went 18-3 and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time.

In the 1960s, he was a player, manager, head coach and recruiter for championship teams in baseball, football and basketball. At the peak era of the Delaware Semi-Pro Baseball League, he recruited talent (including five former major leaguers from this area) for Brooks Armored Car, for whom he was player-manager. The team broke Parkway’s grip over the league, winning championships in 1963 and 1964 and drawing crowds approaching 4,000.

He quarterbacked a Brooks Armored Car squad that dominated the Wilmington Football League, with three championships and two runner-up finishes from 1963-68, and captained a Brooks team that won the Industrial Basketball League. In 1963, Romanoli organized, managed, and played on Brooks championship teams in baseball, football, and basketball.

He became general manager of the Wilmington Blue Bombers basketball organization in 1967 and kept the Bombers atop the league and helped several players sign with the NBA and ABA.

In 1966, he branched into running, which he continued for 30 years. He logged 3,000 miles annually, completed the 1980 Boston Marathon, and ran the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon 25 consecutive years until double knee replacement surgery turned him into a dedicated cyclist.

Romanoli officiated high school basketball for 15 years. In 1964, he was named Young Man of the Year by the Wilmington Junior Chamber of Commerce. Sport Magazine awarded him its Service Award in July 1969. He served as the second president of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame (1980-82) and in that role introduced more events and social gatherings to build membership.

GARY SMITH     

 

A graduate of John Dickinson High School, Gary Smith has won four National Magazine Awards, the highest honor bestowed on magazine writers, the magazine equivalent of the Pulitzer Price. His stories have appeared in the annual Best American Sports Writing anthologies 13 times, the most of any writer.

Smith’s professional career began when he was hired at The News Journal in 11th grade. Two years later, he was working at the Philadelphia Daily News while pursuing his degree at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

His 1996 profile of golfer Tiger Woods was included in the Best American Sportswriting of the Century. Media critic Ben Yagoda of the University of Delaware wrote in 2003 that “Smith is not only the best sportswriter in America; he’s the best magazine writer in America. … He favors obscurity over fame, complexity over simplicity, and humility over literary showmanship.”

A 2006 survey of Associated Press sports editors selected him as the nation’s top sportswriter. Two collections of his writings have been published: “Beyond the Game: The Collected Sportswriting of Gary Smith” and “Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories.”

Smith joined Sports Illustrated in 1982 after working for the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Wilmington News Journal, where he began while in high school in 1971. His writing has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Life, Esquire and the Washington Post.

 

TYRESA SMITH

 

After dominating the 2003 state tournament, where she led Polytech High School to unprecedented success, Tyresa Smith became the outstanding female athlete at University of Delaware, the leading scorer and defensive player in the Colonial Athletic Association, and the first Delawarean to play in the WNBA.

 

The Dover native was named Delaware’s high school player of the year in 2003, when he led Polytech to the state title, the only downstate champion since 1973. Twice named first-team All-State, she was named to the Delaware high school all-decade team.

 

At University of Delaware, she was twice the CAA defensive player of the year, and twice was named first-team All-Conference. As a senior, she took the Blue Hens to a 26-5 record and the NCAA tournament, with a league-leading 19.8 points, and university record 632 points.  She was the first Blue Hen to be named All-Region 2.

 

For this, she was named the university’s outstanding senior female athlete and shared, with Carrie Lingo, the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association’s Award as the State’s top athlete of 2007. She was named to the CAA silver anniversary team.

 

Drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the second round of the 2007 draft, the 18th player taken that year and the first ever from Delaware, she played for the Detroit Shock in the WNBA, then in Germany, Russia and Greece. 

 

She is now an educator, teaching health and physical education at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

 

                                                               

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACTS, AND PHOTOS, PLEASE CONTACT SCOTT SELHEIMER AT:  302-562-5129 (cell) or selheime@udel.edu (email)

 

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

Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame to Hold Open Nomination/Open House Event Sunday, Nov. 10 at Troop 2 in Bear

 

BEAR, Del. –  The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame will be holding its annual public nomination event for inducting candidates for the 2020 Hall of Fame this Sunday, Nov. 10,  at the Delaware State Police Troop 2 barracks.

 

The event will take place in the community room at Troop 2, located at 100 Lagrange Ave in Bear, off Route 13 and directly across from Glasgow Park. The event will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

 

The public is invited to attend the event and nominate a deserving candidate in-person for the 2020 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 2020 class, which will be inducted in May, 2020.

 

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.

 

 

DSMHOF members and prospective members are also invited to attend the event. Visitors will have the chance to meet the DSMHOF Board of Governors and and observe the process for inducting members into the Hall of Fame.

 

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. 

 

Nominations can also be made at the DSMHOF website at desports.org no later than Dec. 30, 2019.

 

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.

 

 

2020 Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame Membership Renewal Drive Begins!
October 25, 2019
 

Dear Delaware Sports Enthusiast -

 

Whether you are a current member, a potential member, sport administrator, coach, athlete, ex-athlete, official, or just a fan of sports in the great state of Delaware, we invite you to become (or continue to be) a member of the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame for the 2020 season.

 

Membership opportunities begin at just $30 per year. As a member, you will have the opportunity to select the Class of 2020 of the DSMHOF and take advantage of many other benefits.

 

Memberships can be easily purchased online (www.desports.org/membership/) and by mail. The deadline to become a member and have the opportunity to vote for this year's induction class is January 31, 2020. Details on membership levels and benefits as well as an application form are attached.
 

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.

 

We hope you will join us!

 

Yours in Sports,

 

Marty Walsh,

President

 

 

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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