Inductees

Buzz Bissinger

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As a winner of such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, and the National Headliners Award among others, H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger is one of the nation’s most honored and distinguished writers. A native of New York City, he has been a Philadelphia resident for over forty years as well as a prominent… Read more »

Joe Blasenstein

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Joe Blasenstein loved basketball, but when he went to West Philadelphia High School in 1956 a friend and former star football player told the football coach to recruit Joe. He started out as a 165-170 pound offensive guard and linebacker on defense. He came to like the role of the offensive guard, pulling and leading… Read more »

Nelson “Nitzy” Bobb

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Nelson Bobb, better known as “Nitzy”, was a Philadelphia basketball star throughout his high school and college career, a career that was interrupted while he served his country in World War II. In his time, he was Temple University’s most prolific scorer. He led the Owls in that department for three seasons: 1942-43, 1947-48 and… Read more »

Mel Brodsky

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A knee implant has robbed Mel Brodsky of his speed, stolen his crossover dribble. But it has not damaged his shooting touch. Especially from a distance. “No kid beats me beyond the three-point line,” the owner of Camp Green Lane boasts. “I wish they had a three-point line when I played.” Brodsky had an eventful… Read more »

Bob Brooks

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Bob Brooks was a multi-talented athlete who starred for Atlantic City High School in the late 1940’s in both basketball and baseball. In 1948 he led South Jersey in free throw shooting and was the second leading scorer and rebounder on a team that was the Group IV State Champion Runners-up. The starting pitcher for… Read more »

Joe Brown

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Joe Brown had hands hard enough to knock out a light-heavyweight and soft enough to sculpt a remarkable figure of a beaten boxer. His story is fascinating, the transformation from athlete to artist, from pugilist to Princeton professor, and his work brightens Philadelphia’s cultural landscape. Brown’s toughness was tested early, growing up in Grays Ferry…. Read more »

Larry Brown

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Simply put, Larry Brown is one of the most successful basketball coaches, college or pro, of all-time. He is the only head coach to lead teams to an NBA title (Detroit 2004) and an NCAA Championship (Kansas 1988). He is also the only coach in history to lead eight different NBA teams to the playoffs…. Read more »

Larry “Reds” Cardonick

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Larry “Reds” Cardonick is considered to be one of the great high school football players to come out of the city of Philadelphia. He was the only player in Olney High School’s history and only Philadelphian honored for the 1950 All-State First Team (All-Pennsylvania-Scholastic). He also played for Germantown Academy as a guard. Larry was… Read more »

Steven Chadwin

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Steven Chadwin is a highly honored basketball coach whose love of teaching and coaching, commitment to the game of basketball and dedication to his students and players runs deeper than winning games, achieving championships or displaying trophies. However, during his 35 seasons as head basketball coach at Abington Friends School, he has indeed won games:… Read more »

Don Cohan

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The first Jew to be a member of the United States Olympic Team in Sailing and first one to win an Olympic medal, Don Cohan picked up sailing in 1967 at age 37. Within three years, Cohan was competing in top Soling and Dragon-class regattas from Sweden to Tasmania; within five, he was reveling in… Read more »