Fan Nomination Begins for Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame has begun the nomination process for its second class of Inductees and local fans will play a major role. From now until July 1, 2004, the public can submit nominees for consideration as inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. The nominations can be submitted online, via email or on paper. As part of its nomination process, the Hall of Fame relies heavily on input from fans, with the top nominees submitted by the public being automatically included on the election ballot.

"Fans are an integral part of the Philadelphia sports scene and we encourage them to participate in our nomination process," states founder and president, Ken Avallon. "This unique formula allows the fans to be directly involved in the Hall of Fame's nomination process."

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame is open to athletes, coaches, media, administrators and other contributors in all areas of professional, college, amateur, high school and youth sports. Candidates must have been born in or performed in the Philadelphia area and meet certain eligibility requirements in order to be considered. A list of eligibility requirements is available online at:

The Hall of Fame's Charter Class, inducted February 9, 2004, includes Bernie Parent, Bert Bell, Bill Tilden, Billy Cunningham, Bobby Clarke, Chuck Bednarik, Connie Mack, Jimmie Foxx, John B. Kelly Sr, Joe Frazier, Julius Erving, Mike Schmidt, Paul Arizin, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Steve Carlton, Steve Van Buren, Tom Gola and Wilt Chamberlain.

2004 marks the first year that Hall of Fame nominees will be divided into categories based on the era in which they performed. The two categories are: those with the majority of their career within the past 50 years and those prior. The top five publicly submitted nominees from each category are automatically included in the final ballot supplied to the Hall of Fame's elective body.

Nominations can be submitted through the Hall of Fame web site (, via email ( or through the mail (Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, PO Box 58667 Philadelphia, PA 19102). All nominations must include the nominee's accomplishments and/or contributions.

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