Philly Hall of Fame Class IX Election Begins

Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Releases Class IX Ballot

Fans Have an On-Line Voice to Cast Their Favorites

PHILADELPHIA- March 5, 2012 - The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame has released the ballot for its 9th class of Inductees.  The ballot is now in the hands of the Hall's blue ribbon voting body, which numbers over 220.  The top public submissions are automatically included on the final ballot.  The Hall's Ballot Committee narrowed the field to these 37 outstanding selections, representing achievement in fifteen different sports. 

 "The individuals who comprise this ballot continue to exemplify the great history of Philadelphia sports", said Joe Shannon of the Hall's Ballot Committee.  "We are pleased to present our voting body with a ballot that broadly represents the many facets of our sporting landscape".

To ensure that classes represent recent as well as historic accomplishment, the ballot segments those whose careers primarily occurred more than 50 years ago (Heritage Nominees) and those within the last 50 years.

The Hall of Fame provides fans an opportunity to select their favorites for inclusion into Inductee Class IX. Although the fans' votes do not count toward the official selection, the Hall of Fame is excited to provide this 'megaphone' for fans to voice their opinions.Fans may submit their selections online at:

The Class IX nominees are:

Heritage Nominees - Majority of Career pre-1961

Bob Montgomery- Boxing

Henry "Shag" Crawford- Baseball-Umpire*

Johnny McDermott- Golf

Bruce Harlan- Diving

Herb Pennock Baseball

Maxie Baughn- Football

Dick Williams- Tennis

Horace Ashenfelter- Track & Field

Sam Thompson- Baseball

Eddie Plank- Baseball

Joe Burk- Rowing

Sylvia Wene Martin- Bowling

Gertrude Dunn- Baseball/Field Hockey

Johnnie Callison- Baseball

Tommy Thompson Football


Harold Johnson- Boxing



Majority of Career post 1961




Andrew Toney - Basketball

Eric Lindros Hockey

Mike Piazza Baseball

Bob Rigby - Soccer

Gary Williams Basketball

Mike Richter- Hockey

Brian Propp- Hockey

Geno Auriemma - Basketball

Pete Rose Baseball

Debbie Black - Basketball

Joe Klecko – Football

Rich Gannon- Football

Doug Collins - Basketball

John LeClair Hockey

Tina Sloan Greene Lacrosse

Ellie Daniel - Swimming

Michael Brooks- Basketball

Tony Black - Horse racing*

Eric Allen- Football

Mike Bantom- Basketball

Wali Jones Basketball


For more information visit:

The Class IX Induction Ceremony and Reception is Thursday November 8, 2011 at the Society Hill Sheraton, 2 Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA.  Details are available on-line at: or via email:  class8 @

Contact:  Pete Georgelos or Joe Shannon       Ph:  215.254.5049  Email:

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