Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame
In 2002, Inquirer columnist Frank Fitzpatrick wrote:
How about a Hall? Why doesn't this city have a Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame?
There's a Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. A Delaware Afro-American Hall of Fame. A Rowan-Glassboro State Hall of Fame. A PhansOnline.Com Hall of Fame. And a Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame that is filled with long-forgotten gym teachers and semi-pro baseball players.
Think of the people a Hall could highlight: Wilt Chamberlain. Connie Mack. Steve Van Buren. Julius Erving. Mike Schmidt. Eddie Gottlieb. Jimmie Foxx. Willie Mosconi. Bill Tilden. Joe Frazier.
Think of the places: Shibe Park. Merion Golf Club. Germantown Cricket Club. The Palestra. Franklin Field.
Think of the events: Dempsey-Tunney. Bobby Jones' Grand Slam. Russell-Chamberlain. The 1929 World Series.
So why not a Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame?
From this brief article, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame was born.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's Our History page.
In The News
- Philly Sports Hall of Fame inducts 15, Northeast Times, November 14, 2019.