Inductees

Pearl Perkins Nightingale

Over a half century ago, South Philadelphia gymnast Pearl Perkins was recognized as the Mary Lou Retton of her time. She has been called perhaps the most talented South Philadelphia athlete of all, and probably the least well known. By the age of 12 she had become a Delaware Valley track and field star and… Read more »

Stan Novak

Stan Novak was an athlete, educator, coach and NBA scout. He excelled at every level and overcame every challenge. A native of West Philadelphia, Novak was a two-time all-public league basketball player at West Philadelphia High School, leading the 1940-41 squad to the Public League Championship. After a stint as an officer in the Navy,… Read more »

Max Patkin

Max Patkin, to millions of Americans, is known simply as the “Clown Prince of Baseball”. His appearance as an underfed scarecrow, with 185 pounds spread out over a 6’3″ frame and his rubber-like face dominated by his nose, give Patkin the natural funny appearance of a true clown, which he has used to entertain millions… Read more »

J. Russell Peltz

From the time J. Russell Peltz saw his first live boxing match at age 13, he knew it wouldn’t be his last. He was hooked for life. After a brief career as a journalist, a young Russell Peltz promoted his first boxing card on Sept. 30, 1969, selling out the 1,300-seat Blue Horizon with the… Read more »

Philadelphia SPHAS

At one time the most dominant team in professional basketball, the Philadelphia SPHAS was organized as an amateur team in 1918 by Eddie Gottlieb, Harry Passon and Hughie Black shortly after their graduation from South Philadelphia High School. Those three young men had one overpowering objective in life following their graduation…to study basketball. Their first… Read more »

David Pincus

David Pincus is a graduate of Central High School and Penn State University, where he was a member of the track and field team. He held the Penn State discus record for many years and while at the university competed in the 1948 Olympic track and field trials in the discus. In 1993 he was… Read more »

Harvey Pollack

Harvey Pollack’s name is in more record books than any athlete. As the only original employee of the National Basketball Association who is still working for an NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers, Pollack has been dubbed “Super Stat” in recognition of his excellence and innovation as a nationally-renown sports statistician. This multi-talented Philadelphia native, who… Read more »

Dan Promislo

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 »

Marc Rayfield

Marc Rayfield’s story is one of a local boy who made good…very good. Born in Northeast Philadelphia, he graduated with a degree in Journalism from Temple and a Master’s in Organizational Management from the University of Pennsylvania. This strong educational background led to his present position as Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS,… Read more »

Merrill Reese

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 »