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Sports Hall of Fame announces inductees

  • Shining stars: World Series champion Greg ‘The Bull’ Luzinski speaks at the announcement of inductees to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. BRAD LARRISON / FOR THE TIMES

  • Joe Hand Sr. (left) receives congratulations from emcee Dan Baker. BRAD LARRISON / FOR THE TIMES

Bob Cas­sidy, a Phil­adelphia Sports Hall of Fame board mem­ber, rattled off the num­bers as he tried to ex­plain the great­ness of the hall’s in­duct­ees.

Cas­sidy noted that past in­duct­ees — 152 in­di­vidu­als, five teams, two or­gan­iz­a­tions, one ven­ue and one event — are mem­bers of 272 oth­er Halls of Fame.

“That’s how great a sports city Phil­adelphia is,” he said.

    On June 6, the Phil­adelphia Sports Hall of Fame — which is based at Spike’s, a trophy and awards shop at 2701 Grant Ave. — an­nounced its 10th class dur­ing a news con­fer­ence and lunch­eon at the Sheraton So­ci­ety Hill.

    The new mem­bers will be:

• Geno Auriemma, a Nor­ris­town nat­ive and Bish­op Ken­rick High School gradu­ate who has coached the Uni­versity of Con­necti­c­ut wo­men’s bas­ket­ball team to eight NCAA cham­pi­on­ships.

• Ernie Beck, a West Cath­ol­ic gradu­ate who was a two-time All-Amer­ic­an bas­ket­ball play­er at Penn and a mem­ber of the 1955 Phil­adelphia War­ri­ors team that won the NBA cham­pi­on­ship.

• Mi­chael Brooks, a bas­ket­ball star at West Cath­ol­ic and La Salle Uni­versity who cap­tained the 1980 Olympic team that did not com­pete be­cause the U.S. boy­cot­ted the Mo­scow games over the So­viet in­va­sion of Afgh­anistan. He also played six years in the NBA.

• Bob Brown, an Eagles of­fens­ive tackle who made three Pro Bowls.

• Joe Burk, a cham­pi­on row­er, who was ex­pec­ted to com­pete in the 1940 and ’44 Sum­mer Olympics, but they were can­celed dur­ing World War II. He coached row­ing at Penn from 1950-69.

• Henry “Shag” Craw­ford, a Na­tion­al League um­pire from 1956-75 who worked in three World Series.

• Ed­die George, a star run­ning back at Ohio State who won the 1995 Heis­man Trophy. He played nine years in the NFL and played in a Su­per Bowl game for the Ten­ness­ee Ti­tans.

• Joe Hand Sr., a box­ing pro­moter and gym own­er who pi­on­eered closed-cir­cuit and pay-per-view sport­ing events.

• John Le­Clair, who scored 333 goals and made five all-star games for the Fly­ers from 1995 to 2004.

• Greg Luz­in­ski, an out­field­er for the Phil­lies from 1970-80. He hit 223 home runs and was a three-time all-star. In 1980, he had two game-win­ning hits as the Phil­lies de­feated the Hou­s­ton As­tros in the Na­tion­al League Cham­pi­on­ship Series. He and the Phils went on to win the World Series.

• Linda Page, a Dob­bins bas­ket­ball star who scored 100 points in a 1981 game against Mast­baum. She went on to play at North Car­o­lina State.

• Carl Robie, a Monsignor Bon­ner gradu­ate and swim­mer whose spe­cialty was the 200-yard but­ter­fly. He won two NCAA titles at Michigan State, an Olympic sil­ver medal in 1964 and an Olympic gold medal in 1968.

• Dave Robin­son, a Moorestown, N.J., nat­ive who was an All-Amer­ic­an foot­ball play­er at Penn State. He was a line­back­er for 12 years with the Green Bay Pack­ers and Wash­ing­ton Red­skins. He won three NFL titles with the Pack­ers, in­clud­ing Su­per Bowls I and II.

• Tina Sloan Green, a star lacrosse play­er at West Chester who coached the Temple wo­men’s team to NCAA cham­pi­on­ships in 1984 and ’88.

• An­drew Toney, a guard for the 76ers from 1980-88. A two-time all-star, he played for the Six­ers when they won the 1983 NBA cham­pi­on­ship.

• Wil­li­am “Bucky” Wal­ters, who pitched in Ma­jor League Base­ball for 16 years with the Phil­lies, Cin­cin­nati Reds and Bo­ston Braves, com­pil­ing a 198-160 re­cord with a 3.30 earned run av­er­age. He made six all-star games, was the 1939 Na­tion­al League Most Valu­able Play­er and was on the 1940 Reds team that won the World Series. He also man­aged the Reds for two years.

• Pat Wil­li­ams, who was gen­er­al man­ager of the 76ers when they won the 1983 NBA title.

The in­duc­tion ce­re­mony will take place on Nov. 7 at the So­ci­ety Hill Sheraton. Mem­bers of the first nine classes are ex­pec­ted to at­tend the 10th an­niversary cel­eb­ra­tion.

    Past in­duct­ees Dan Baker, Stan Hoch­man, Ray Didinger and Bill “Speedy” Mor­ris at­ten­ded the news con­fer­ence.

    Baker, a vet­er­an col­lege bas­ket­ball broad­caster and the long­time pub­lic ad­dress an­noun­cer for the Phil­lies and Eagles, was mas­ter of ce­re­mon­ies at the news con­fer­ence.

    Hand, Luz­in­ski, Green and Wil­li­ams were in at­tend­ance.

    Baker used his sta­di­um voice to an­nounce, “The Bull, No. 19, left field­er Greg Luz­in­ski.”

“I can’t wait for Novem­ber 7th,” said Luz­in­ski, who was joined by his wife Jean.

    Speedy Mor­ris, the le­gendary high school and col­lege bas­ket­ball coach, spoke for Beck, who had jury duty.

Vet­er­an NBA ref­er­ee Joe Craw­ford, who of­fi­ci­ated Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA fi­nals between Miami and San Ant­o­nio, spoke for his late fath­er, Shag.

“The Craw­fords are not used to that clap­ping,” Craw­ford said of the ap­plause from those who at­ten­ded the news con­fer­ence.

Wil­li­ams, the long­time NBA ex­ec­ut­ive, also spoke of every­one’s dis­dain for sports of­fi­cials.

“I send Joey a Christ­mas card every year — in Braille,” he joked.

The Hall of Fame has a dis­play at Spike’s. Com­pany pres­id­ent Keith Bald­win said the pub­lic is in­vited to view the gal­lery Sat­urdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The pub­lic is also in­vited to the in­duc­tion ce­re­mony. For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it Phil­ly­hall.org/class10 ••

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