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New members inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

  • Shining stars: Sixteen individuals were inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame including Greg Luzinski, an outfielder for the Phillies from 1970-80. TED BORDELON / TIMES PHOTO

  • Joe Hand Sr., a boxing promoter and gym owner. TED BORDELON / TIMES PHOTO

  • John LeClair, who scored 333 goals for the Flyers from 1995 to 2004. TED BORDELON / TIMES PHOTO

Six­teen in­di­vidu­als last week were in­duc­ted in­to the Phil­adelphia Sports Hall of Fame dur­ing a re­cep­tion and ce­re­mony at the Sheraton So­ci­ety Hill.

The Hall of Fame is based at Spike’s, a trophy and awards shop at 2701 Grant Ave. The pub­lic is in­vited to view the gal­lery Sat­urdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Nov. 7 gala marked the 10th in­duc­tion class.

The new mem­bers are:

• 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. He ac­cep­ted via video­tape.

• 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. He lives in Oak­land and was un­able to at­tend due to health reas­ons. Former Eagles of­fens­ive line­man Tra Thomas ac­cep­ted on his be­half.

• 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. His son Joey, an NBA ref­er­ee, ac­cep­ted on his be­half.

• 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. His wife, Tamara, a former con­test­ant on Sur­viv­or, ac­cep­ted for him.

• Joe Hand Sr., a box­ing pro­moter and gym own­er who pi­on­eered closed-cir­cuit and pay-per-view sport­ing events. He grew up in Lawn­crest and at­ten­ded St. Wil­li­am Ele­ment­ary School and North Cath­ol­ic High School.

• 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 and who served as mas­ter of ce­re­mon­ies. He was in­duc­ted by former Phil­lies own­er Ruly Car­penter.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it Phil­ly­hall.org ••

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