2006

Barbara Albom

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Barbara is a native of Long Island, NY where she attended Herricks High School and played three years of varisty basketball. She was the team captain in her senior season (1979) when Herricks won the big prize – the Nassau County Championship. Herricks High participated in the prestigious Empire State Games, Long Island and New… Read more »

Samuel N. Gerson

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Born in a small town in the Ukraine on November 30, 1895, Sam emigrated to America in 1906, by himself, to live with sponsoring cousins. He worked to support himself before and after school. Joining the wrestling team at South Philadelphia High enabled him to receive a partial sports scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania… Read more »

David Groverman

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Groovygrove is his nickname and wrestling is his game. David grew up in Havertown and attended The Haverford School where he lettered in soccer, lacrosse and especially wrestling. Haverford’s wrestling team won the InterAcademic Championship for three consecutive years, 1968-70. At the University of Pennsylvania Dave wrestled all four years (1970-74) and captained the team… Read more »

Al Laverson

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Al’s accomplishments would fill a stadium, a museum and a gallery! Athlete, teacher, coach, writer, artist, sculpture, war hero and all-around great guy. His soccer career began at Central High School (1934-1938) as team captain. Then onto Temple University (1938-1940 and 1946), where he was captain and an All-American player. He played and starred in… Read more »

Hillel Levinson

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A native Philadelphian, Hillel was educated in the public school system, attending Stokley and Henry Schools before graduating from Central High School. He is a graduate of Temple University and received a J.D. from Villanova Law School. Track is Hillel’s forte. He was one of the finest and fastest sprinters in the history of Central… Read more »

Dan Promislo

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Dan Promislo played on the talent rich Overbrook High School Public League Championship team in 1949-50, and demonstrated enough potential to be offered a number of basketball scholarships. He decided on Drexel University, and it proved an excellent choice for both Dan and Drexel. He played on the Drexel Freshman team in 1950-51 (Freshman weren’t… Read more »

Merrill Reese

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Merrill Reese has been the play-by-play “Voice of the Philadelphia Eagles” for over twenty-five years and can be heard on 94/WYSP (CBS) and a tri-state network. He began his career at WPAZ in Pottstown, PA, and continued on to WBCB in Levittown, PA. Reese is now part-owner and General Manager of WBCB. He also spent… Read more »

Marty Zippel

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Marty grew up in South Philly at 5th and Mifflin where he honed his athletic skills in playing in all the usual places, especially this building, the former YMHA. Playing at Southern High School (1938-39), his team won the Public League Championship. Louis “Red” Klotz, a fellow Hall of Famer, also starred on that team…. Read more »