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Delaware County’s Brandywine CVB To Salute U.S. Military All Stars At The Media Theater

Executive Director Tore Fiore of Delaware County’s Brandywine Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced that on June 7th at 7:30 PM there will be a preview showing of a new dvd entitled Ballfield to Battlefield and Back– From FDR to JFK at the Media Theater on east State Street in Media, PA.  This presentation is a sixty minute dvd filmed and narrated by two former major league players– George Case and Delaware County’s own Mickey Vernon.  Mickey and George are gone now, but through their eyes you can get a first-hand look at life in the big leagues from 1939-1962 by those that lived it. Ballfield to Battlefield and Back From FDR to JFK exemplifies The American tradition of our sports heroes serving our nation both home and away. The DVD shows more than 80 major league players who served in our Armed Forces. There has always been a positive relationship between baseball and the morale of our country. More than 5,000 professional baseball players left the baseball diamond to serve during WW II.

That dedication to our American way of life has continued through Korea, Vietnam,Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. The historic tradition of changing from one uniform to another to serve a cause greater than one’s self continues today with the U.S. Military All-Stars.

The showing will be attended by the U.S. Military All-Stars.  They will be in the area for a game to be played against the Delco League All-Stars at The Glen Mills School.  The game will be played on the school’s Everett Swanson Field on D-Day–June 6th–beginning at 5:45 PM.

The All Stars team, under the direction of team founder Terry Allvord, born in Chester, PA, consists of outstanding players representing all branches of the military.  For over 20 years they have toured the country to promote the awareness of all Americans in support of the honorable sacrifices that our Armed Forces make in defense of our freedom.

You can show your support and thanks for those that served during WW II, Korea and Vietnam and the current Heroes of the Diamond[ having served in Iraq and Afghanistan] by attending both events.  Both are free and open to the public.

For more information contact

Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 vankoski21@comcast.net

 

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Rich Westcott, a Springfield resident, is easily the most prolific author that Delaware County has ever produced. During the past fifty years, he has served on the staff of various newspapers and magazines and written twenty-two books.

He’ll be appearing this month at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum to discuss his career and reminisce about his top ten experiences during those fifty years.
Westcott is the founder and owner and for fourteen years was the publisher and editor of The Phillies Report, a newspaper covering the local major league team. He has written seven books on the Phillies, including The Phillies Encyclopedia and–most recently–The Fightin’ Phils–Oddities, Insights and Untold Stories. His research for these publications has made him the leading authority  on Phillies history. In addition, he’s the current president of the Philadelphia Sports Writers’ Association.

Appropriately enough, Westcott also wrote the widely acclaimed biography, Mickey Vernon–The Gentleman First Baseman, celebrating the career of one of Delaware County’s most renowned sports figures. Rich has appeared frequently on radio and television shows and has made speaking appearances at numerous places, including the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rich’s appearance at the Sports History Museum will take place on November 17, from 12 noon to 1pm. His insights into the icons of Philadelphia sports promises to be a hour of listening pleasure not to be missed by any Philadelphia area sports fan.

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Ed Dougherty to host Holiday Gift Sale at Mickey Vernon Sports Museum

If you have been looking for a good Christmas gift for a Delaware County sports fan, or perhaps a quick tip on your golf game, an excellent opportunity to satisfy either or both is coming up at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum.

PGA Tour and Twice Champions Tour winner Ed Dougherty will be the special guest at a holiday gift sale to be held at the museum on Sunday, December 18th, from 12 pm  to 2 pm.   A great selection of Delaware County sports-related items, including card sets and posters, framed photos, books and dvds will be available at affordable prices.  All proceeds will help to support the educational programs and exhibits sponsored by the museum.

An interesting aside regarding Mickey Vernon–namesake of the museum–and the holiday season is the fact that at one point in his baseball career, he worked before Christmas as Santa Claus at Stotter’s Department Store in Chester.  Old-time Delaware County residents will remember Stotter’s as a prominent department store in the county in the days before malls.  It’s an indication of how times–and sports salaries–have changed over the years that a man who was eventually to be a two-time American League batting champion and 7-time All-Star would find it worthwhile to pick up extra money during the off season in this manner.

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 As a youngster, Ed Dougherty–PGA Tour Golf Professional, Vietnam combat veteran and model train enthusiast–played baseball in the Mickey Vernon Little League and ran model trains.  As a young man, his service in Vietnam resulted in a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for bravery and heroism.  Following his military service, his sports passion turned from baseball to golf, but his enthusiasm for trains has never wavered, and today, Ed and his business partner, Therese Orlando, currently operate E&T Trains 610 299-1399 in Booth’s Corner Farmers Market in Boothwyn, PA.

Ed and Therese have accepted an invitation to put a Lionel model train layout on display at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum for the holidays, allowing Ed to combine his two childhood passions of baseball and model railroading.  He and Therese invite you to bring your children and/or grandchildren and spend some time enjoying the trains and browsing through the many quality sports displays on exhibit.  A visit is sure to rekindle many fond memories of your own, as you reminisce over days spent flipping baseball cards and building and operating intricate track layouts.

If you have any old model trains gathering dust or one or more shoeboxes full of old baseball cards or other sports memorabilia and would like to donate them to the museum, proceeds from their sale will help us and the US Military All Star Baseball Team promote–as the All-Stars motto puts it–the “Awareness of All Americans in Support of the Honorable Sacrifices our Armed Forces make in defense of our Freedom.”

The trains or cards can be donated at the museum from 11 am to 2 pm any Tuesday through Friday from now through the end of January or at Ed and Therese’s place on the lower level of  Booth’s Corner on Friday or Saturday.

Ed Dougherty to host Holiday Gift Sale at Mickey Vernon Sports Museum

If you have been looking for a good Christmas gift for a Delaware County sports fan, or perhaps a quick tip on your golf game, an excellent opportunity to satisfy either or both is coming up at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum.

PGA Tour and Twice Champions Tour winner Ed Dougherty will be the special guest at a holiday gift sale to be held at the museum on Sunday, December 18th, from 12 pm  to 2 pm.   A great selection of Delaware County sports-related items, including card sets and posters, framed photos, books and dvds will be available at affordable prices.  All proceeds will help to support the educational programs and exhibits sponsored by the museum.

An interesting aside regarding Mickey Vernon–namesake of the museum–and the holiday season is the fact that at one point in his baseball career, he worked before Christmas as Santa Claus at Stotter’s Department Store in Chester.  Old-time Delaware County residents will remember Stotter’s as a prominent department store in the county in the days before malls.  It’s an indication of how times–and sports salaries–have changed over the years that a man who was eventually to be a two-time American League batting champion and 7-time All-Star would find it worthwhile to pick up extra money during the off season in this manner.

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Tony Larussa’s traveling pants have ended a long journey, coming to rest as a sports rarity in the Mickey Vernon sports history museum. It’s a journey that began fifty years ago:

In 1961, Marv Thronebury, playing at the time for the Kansas City A’s, was issued two sets of home uniforms at the beginning of the season, just as was every other player. As the season ended, players would return them, receiving new ones the following year.

It was typical for the used uniforms to begin an annual odyssey that would take them through descending levels of minor league affiliates, beginning with triple a. Oddly enough, as players careers flourished and faded, they could possibly inherit the old uniforms that they had worn in their salad days of fleeting major-league glory.
In 1963, Tony Larussa–now the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals–was with the A’s. He subsequently descended into the minors for five seasons (in at least one of those seasons, he was managed by Mickey Vernon) but resurfaced with the A’s in 1968. While in the minors, Larussa inherited Marv Thronebury’s old A’s pants from the 1961 season.
Now for another Delaware County connection: Joe Grace, a record-setting St. James high and St. Joe’s college third baseman and a draft pick of the A’s in !967, wore those very same much-traveled pants as he played in a rookie league in Florida.
Now those same pants have finally found a home as one of the many sports rarities now on display at the Mickey Vernon sports history museum.

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Now that the world series is over, football has taken center stage at the Mickey Vernon sports history museum.
NFL films has produced a highlight film of six of the greatest football players in the history of Delaware county:

Emlen Tunnell, from Radnor high school–the first African-American to be elected to the football hall of fame.
Joe Klecko, from St. James high school in Chester, is the only player in the history of the NFL to be selected all-pro at three different positions.
Billy “white shoes” Johnson, from Chichester high school, who was named to the NFL’s all-time team as a return specialist.
John Cappelletti, from Monsignor Bonner high school, a nine year NFL veteran who is the only Heisman trophy winner Penn State has ever produced.
Al Atkinson, also from Monsignor Bonner, started as middle linebacker for the New York Jets when they defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
Randy Grossman, from Haverford high school, played infour super bowlsfor the Pittsburgh Steelers and is the owner of four super bowl rings.

 

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Murtaugh Relief Sculpture Plaque Becomes a Reality.

 

World renowned artist Zenos Frudakis, in association with the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame, has created a relief sculpture plaque honoring Delaware County baseball great Danny Murtaugh.

An open house dedication of this plaque will take place on Sunday, November 20 at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum.

The public is invited to visit the museum from 1:30 to 4 pm on that day to view what is sure to become a Delaware County sports icon.

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The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum is hosting a high stakes baseball card flipping tournament to benefit the United States Military All Star Baseball Team.

This Texas Hold ‘Em style high stakes tournament will be held on Saturday, March 24 starting at 1 PM. Practice sessions will be held at the museum every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 1 pm from February 1 through March 23. The cards for the tournament will be provided by local firms Choice Marketing of Aston and T.C. Ott Sports of Booths Corner Farmers Market.

This year’s Living Legend game will again be played at the Everett Swanson Field at Glen Mills Schools and will once again honor a local veteran with its impressive Passing of The Flag ceremony prior to the start of the contest. The Military All Stars tour the country to promote “the awareness of all Americans in support of the honorable sacrifices made by the men and women in our Armed Forces”.

If you have any information regarding any Delaware County resident that is a survivor of the 1944 D-Day invasion, or if you would like more information on how you can participate in or support this high-stakes card flipping contest or the All-Star baseball game and have a heck of a good time while doing it, contact:

Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net

The Military All Stars team will be in Delaware County on D-Day–June 6th–to play a re-match with the All Stars of the Delco Baseball League, the oldest incorporated baseball league in the United States. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Military All Stars will play a team from our local area. Lastyear’s game—played at Glen Mills Schools–honored Everett Swanson, a US Navy Veteran & survivor of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

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The Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum will be hosting an exhibit of Delaware County Olympians beginning on Wednesday April 4th, 2012.  The exhibit will be presented by the Hall of Fame under the direction of its executive director, Joe Cirilli, and will highlight the accomplishments of the seventeen Olympic Medal winners from Delaware County as well as other Olympic team members.

A special opening day ceremony of the exhibit will honor Bonner High School and West Chester University graduate Dr. Eddie Coyle, one of the most decorated athletes in the history of Delaware County.  He won four Pan American gold medals, three World Championships, two Olympic gold medals and one silver.  Between 1970 and 1980, he captured ten National Championships and set twenty three world records. This special ceremony will be held on April 4th, 2012  the opening day of the exhibit, from 12 noon to 1 pm.  Dr. Coyle has promised to bring his Olympic Gold Medals to the opening ceremony.

The exhibit will take place at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum at 1 Beaver Valley Road in Chadds Ford, PA at the intersection of Routes 202 and 491.  The Museum is open to the public from 11am to 2pm on Tuesday through Friday. The museum is also available seven days a week for school programs, group tours, corporate meetings, special events and private parties.

For more information, contact Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

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On Sunday April 1, 2012, Andy Matter–two time National Champion and one of the greatest wrestlers ever to wear a Penn State uniform–will appear at the Mickey Vernon Sports Museum between 1 pm and 2 pm as a guest of the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame.

At Penn State, Andy was 59-2 (21-0 as a Senior), winning three Eastern Championships and two NCAA titles in the 167-pound weight class.  Andy’s high school coach at Upper Darby High School, Art McCall–himself a 2011 inductee of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame–will have the honor of introducing him.

For anyone who would like to meet and speak with Andy, the museum is located at the corner of 1 Beaver Valley Road and Route 202 in Chadds Ford, PA.  It will be open from 11am to 2pm on the day of his appearance. The museum is available seven days a week for school programs, group tours, corporate meetings, events and private parties.  For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

 

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This year’s Living Legend game will again be played at the Everett Swanson Field at Glen Mills Schools and will once again honor a local veteran with its impressive Passing of The Flag ceremony prior to the start of the contest. The Military All Stars tour the country to promote “the awareness of all Americans in support of the honorable sacrifices made by the men and women in our Armed Forces”.

If you have any information regarding any Delaware County resident that is a survivor of the 1944 D-Day invasion, or if you would like more information on how you can participate in or support this high-stakes card flipping contest or the All-Star baseball game and have a heck of a good time while doing it, contact:

Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net

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Delaware County High School Athletes “A Culture of Excellence” exhibit at the Mickey Vernon Museum

It is a well-known fact that when it comes to athletics, Delaware County has a culture of excellence.  Indeed, few counties in the United States can match its heritage of nationally known sports stars.  Olympic Gold Medal winners, professional football, baseball and basketball players hall of famers, a Heisman Trophy winner, an Indianapolis 500 winner, a Triple Crown winner, soccer, lacrosse and softball standouts, and coaches in all professional and college sports make up the fabric of our star-studded cast.

How long can Delaware County continue to produce national figures in the world of sports?  Judging by a new exhibit coming to the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum, it doesn’t look as if the county is in danger of relinquishing its hold on top-flight talent any time soon.

Delaware County Daily Times staff photographers Eric Hartline, Robert Gurecki, Julia Wilkinson and Colin Kerrigan have provided the museum with 8 1/2 x 11-inch glossy photo prints of its 22 high school Players of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year.  The photos will be on display at the museum from July 21nd through all of 2012. You are invited to view this new crop of outstanding high school athletes, then go on to follow their careers as they attempt to walk in the footsteps of their predecessors to become stars on a larger national stage.

The museum is located at the intersection of Routes 291 and 202 at One Beaver Valley Road in Chadds Ford PA.

For museum hours and more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

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As a result of the movie, everyone knows who number 42 of the Brooklyn Dodgers is in this photo taken on June 7, 1948. It’s Jackie Robinson, of course, shown here letting the ball escape between his legs. However, only the hard-core Delaware County sports fan knows the name of the man sliding. That’s Danny Murtaugh, a 1935 graduate of Chester High School and, on September 1,1971, the first manager in major league baseball to field an all-minority team. For the record, his number 40 has been retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team he managed to two world championships. If you would like to find out more about other Delaware County Sports Legends come to the Grand Opening of the Mickey Vernon Sports Museum,1 pm on Sunday April 21. After that date the museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. There is no admission fee to this all volunteer museum. If you have four hours a month to spare and would like to become a volunteer host contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

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Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 7-9 pm
Place: Granite Run Mall – Mickey Vernon Museum

Food & Beverage Provided

All proceeds benefit the Museum Operations

Donation: $50.00

Contact Phil Damiani 610- 608- 9066 or Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919
Or send your donation to Mickey Vernon Museum 14 Morgan Rd. Aston, Pa. 19014
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Noted Author Rich Westcott to Have Book Signing at the Mickey Vernon Sports Museum

Springfield resident Rich Westcott is easily the most prolific author that Delaware County has ever produced. During the past fifty years, he has served on the staff of various newapapers and magazines and has written twenty-three books. Rich has appeared frequently on radio and television shows and has made speaking appearances at numerous sites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rich will be appearing Saturday, May 18, in the Granite Run Mall at the Mickey Vernon Sports Museum, located on the second floor near Boscov’s, from 12 noon to 2 pm. He’ll be there to discuss and sign his most recent book, Philadelphia’s Top Fifty Baseball Players. Appropriately enough, Mickey Vernon, the museum’s namesake, is included as one of those greatest players.

This book, as well as many of Rich’s other books, will be available for those early Father’s Day shoppers looking for that ideal gift. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or visit the museum’s website, www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com.

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Wounded Warrior to Lead U.S. Military All-Stars
Managing The U.S.Military All Star Baseball team in its coming game against a Delaware County team will be U.S. Army Ranger Karl Seiter. Karl was right in the middle of the war on terror: Shortly after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was deployed to Iraq and landed in the “Triangle of Death,” a hostile area south of Baghdad. In this combat zone, every day was a constant sequence of mission after mission. Near the end of his deployment, Karl was a passenger in a Humvee that was hit by a roadside bomb. He was one of the casualties and still has shrapnel in his back from the experience.

That bombing is one experience that Karl does not like to talk about, but he has many others that he doesn’t mind sharing. Among them are stories about Ranger School, an ordeal that is legendary for its intensity and and for pushing both the physical and psychological limits of its candidates. Throughout the school, Karl’s average day consisted of twenty hours of training and–when lucky–four hours of sleep.

This year’s living legend games will honor U.S.Army veteran Ernest Mariani, a survivor of WWII’s Battle of the Bulge and the Harz Mountain Campaign of April 1945, in which he was wounded. Although the combat experiences of Karl and Ernest are over sixty years apart, one can understand the bond that is sure to form between these two American heroes. It’s a bond that we thankful Americans can certainly appreciate.

The game between the Military All Stars and a Delaware County team will be played at the Glen Mill School’s Everett Swanson Field on June 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm. If you would like more information regarding this event, log on to www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or call Jim Vankoski at (610) 909-4919.

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, in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium, the Germans launched their last major counter-offensive of WWII. Known as the Battle of the Bulge, it was fought in heavy snow and freezing temperatures. With almost 80,000 casualties, it is the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought by the U.S. military.
Ernest Mariani fought there with the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red 1. He was an expert marksman and platoon runner. After the Germans were driven back, he crossed the Rhine river at the Remagen bridgehead and fought in the Harz Mountains of Germany.

In April 1945 , his unit came under heavy small arms and mortar fire. During a heavy firefight, he was wounded by shrapnel from a mortar round and was eventually captured. Along with other POWs, he was moved from village to village by the retreating Germans, often coming under attack by U.S. artillery.
After being rescued by U.S. forces, he was evacuated to France for medical treatment. Ernest returned to the U.S. where he was hospitalized for 4 months at the Valley Forge Military Hospital.PFC Ernest Mariani will be the guest of honor at this year’s Living Legend game to be played between the U.S. Military All Stars and the Delaware County Nine on June 28, 2013 at Glen Mills School’s Everett Swanson Field. Game time is 5:45.

Mr. Mariani, now a Ridley Township resident, is proud to have served the United States during World War II and is just as proud of the men and women serving our country today. Come to the game to cheer these true American heros. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or go to www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com

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July eNewsletter 2013

 

WHAT’S YOUR VINTAGE SPORTS MEMORABILIA WORTH?? Legendary Auctions and The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are joining forces to help you answer that nagging question of "I wonder how much my Sports Memorabilia is worth?" If you think you might have an item or collection that could have moderate or considerable value, bring it to the Mickey Vernon Museum to have a knowledgeable estimate of your sport treasure's worth be given to you. Ron Oser, a leading expert from the east coast offices of Legendary Auctions (one of the country’s leading sports memorabilia auction houses located in Lansing, Illinois), will be on site at the museum on Saturday, July 13 from 12 noon to 2 pm to share with you his twenty-five years of experience in the sports collectibles field. Whether you have sports cards, autographs, programs, ticket stubs, game used jerseys and equipment, or any other sports related pieces from the 1880s to 1980s, Ron can give you a fair estimate of current market values. There will be no charge for the estimates as a courtesy of The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum, which is located in the Granite Run Mall 1067 W. Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063. For more information, visit our website www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919, email vankoski21@comcast.net.

WHAT’S YOUR VINTAGE SPORTS MEMORABILIA WORTH??
Legendary Auctions and The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are joining forces to help you answer that nagging question of “I wonder how much my Sports Memorabilia is worth?” If you think you might have an item or collection that could have moderate or considerable value, bring it to the Mickey Vernon Museum to have a knowledgeable estimate of your sport treasure’s worth be given to you.
Ron Oser, a leading expert from the east coast offices of Legendary Auctions (one of the country’s leading sports memorabilia auction houses located in Lansing, Illinois), will be on site at the museum on Saturday, July 13 from 12 noon to 2 pm to share with you his twenty-five years of experience in the sports collectibles field. Whether you have sports cards, autographs, programs, ticket stubs, game used jerseys and equipment, or any other sports related pieces from the 1880s to 1980s, Ron can give you a fair estimate of current market values.
There will be no charge for the estimates as a courtesy of The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum, which is located in the Granite Run Mall 1067 W. Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063. For more information, visit our website www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919, email vankoski21@comcast.net.

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The Lou Soscia Memorial Golf Tournament

Please join us for the The Lou Soscia Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday July 15, 2013 at Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester PA. For non golfers and those of you who can’t make it during the day, please click the Register button to join us just for dinner.We expect to have many attending so please Register as soon as possible to assure your spot. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester, PA. The event will include a 4-person scramble, hot dog lunch and great dinner and awards reception following the golf at 6:30pm. We are also looking for hole sponsors, so please click “Register” to sponsor a hole. I can hear Lou saying from above: “George! Are you crazy having people making a fuss over me? A Golf Tournament! I told you that I might take up golf when I get old. I did mention, however, that I might pick it up sooner if I could run after I hit the ball.”- that is the Lou Soscia we all knew.My answer to Lou: There are many people anxious to pay their respects that were unable to attend the viewing or mass. By attending this event they want to recognize a man who had a great effect on their lives as a teammate, coach, friend, or fellow parishioner. It will be a night to rehash old memories of Upper Darby H.S, the Delco League, St. Josephs U, Villanova, and the camping days at IBI. Some of you Tinicum players may even recall the after game experiences at your favorite watering hole. Last, but certainly not least, the proceeds of the tournament will be going to Jan Soscia, Lou’s widow.
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The Mickey Vernon Sports Museum will host a “Remembering Butch Ryan” day at the museum on Saturday, September 28. The museum is on the second floor of the Granite Run Mall, near Boscov’s. If you have a special story or memory of Butch that you would like to share with his friends, please come to the museum at 11 am on the 28th. If you have no story, but you would appreciate a few laughs you’ll be sure to enjoy the time spent in memory of Butch. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

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WHAT’S YOUR VINTAGE SPORTS MEMORABILIA WORTH??

Once again Legendary Auctions and The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are joining forces to help you answer that nagging question of “I wonder how much my Sports Memorabilia is worth?” If you have an item or collection that could have moderate or considerable value, bring it to the Mickey Vernon Museum to have a knowledgeable estimate of your sport treasure’s worth be given to you.

Ron Oser, a leading expert from the east coast offices of Legendary Auctions (one of the country’s leading sports memorabilia auction houses located in Lansing, Illinois), will be on site at the museum on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 12 noon to 2 pm to share with you his twenty-five years of experience in the sports collectibles field. Whether you have sports cards, autographs, programs, ticket stubs, game used jerseys and equipment, or any other sports related pieces from the 1880s to 1980s. Ron specializes in giving a fair and realistic estimate of the current market value of any sports memorabilia that you have. He estimates that the value of the items presented to him for evaluation by individuals who visited the museum this past July had a total value of over $100,000. He was so impressed with the quality and significance of the items presented that he looks forward to offering his services again to those that missed his first visit. For anyone interested,Ron will be accepting consignment items for Legendary Auctions upcoming November 2013 auction.

The will be no charge for the estimates as a courtesy of The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum, which is located in the Granite Run Mall 1067 W. Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063. For more information, visit our website www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or call Jim Vankoski at 6

10-909-4919, email vankoski21@comcast.net.

Quizzo to Come to the Mickey Vernon Museum Quizzo master Kevin Windsor, direct from the Great American Pub in Conshohocken, will bring his Quizzo [trivia]contest to the Mickey Vernon Museum in the Granite Run Mall on Tuesday, October 29 , 2013. The museum is on the second floor of the mall, near Boscov's. Prizes donated by the museum will be given to the winning team for each round with a grand prize for the overall winning team. Doors open at 7pm, with the games beginning at 7:30. Food and beverages will be available from Dominic's in the mall at happy hour prices. For more information, or to make reservations, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net Please note that trivia questions include but are not limited to--- movies, music, geography, history and sports.

Quizzo to Come to the Mickey Vernon Museum
Quizzo master Kevin Windsor, direct from the Great American Pub in Conshohocken, will bring his Quizzo [trivia]contest to the Mickey Vernon Museum in the Granite Run Mall on Tuesday, October 29 , 2013. The museum is on the second floor of the mall, near Boscov’s.
Prizes donated by the museum will be given to the winning team for each round with a grand prize for the overall winning team. Doors open at 7pm, with the games beginning at 7:30. Food and beverages will be available from Dominic’s in the mall at happy hour prices. For more information, or to make reservations, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net Please note that trivia questions include but are not limited to— movies, music, geography, history and sports.


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2013 ASA Bats Plus “Turkey Shoot-Out” Softball Tournament

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum which is located inside the Granite Run Mall.

Men’s Slow Pitch @ West Chester Area Sports Association Complex

Date: Saturday, November 23rd

Entry Fee: $175

Prize Pool: TBD

The tournament is open to the first (8) teams who enter.

Each team will be guaranteed (3) games and softballs are included.

A championship plaque will be awarded to the winning team.

The tournament will use ASA umpires and be ASA sanctioned.

For more information or to enter a team in the tournament contact Joe Organek at (610) 622-1154 or email: millpres2000@rcn.com
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Cold “Turkey Shoot-Out” doesn’t deter teams fundraising for the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum

Despite what at times was a very cold and windy day on the softball fields at the West Chester Area Sports Association Complex where the “A” Flight played and at Camp Upland where the “B” Flight took to the fields, the 2013 ASA Bats Plus “Turkey Shoot-Out” Softball Tournament was a huge success and where $1,000 was raised for the fundraising efforts of the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum. With that being said, myself and Jim Vankoski, the curator of the Mickey Vernon Sports Museum want to thank everyone involved for their help with the success of the tournament. I want to personally thank two of our District 6 Men’s Slow Pitch Player Reps. Kevin McDonald (Chesco) and Anthony SanFilippo (Delco) for the outstanding job they did respectively as both “A” and “B” Flight tournament directors. The ASA of PA District 6 has sanctioned over 30 tournaments in 2013 and the “Turkey Shoot-Out” ranks as one of the most competitive this year. In the “A” Flight every team won at least one game and the players showed some tremendous talent both offensively and defensively, that serves to enforce why some of the best softball is played in District 6. In fact, this year District 6 had an ASA of PA slow pitch state champion and two runner-ups, coming so close to hitting a trifecta of state championships. Those teams were the following: 2013 ASA of PA Class “D” State Championship – Champion – Ryan’s Pub 2013 ASA of PA Class “C” State Championship – Runner-up: Hopson’s Seal Coating (Blarney Stone) 2013 ASA of PA Class “E” State Championship – Runner-up: Maggie’s Irish Pub (Chickie’s and Pete’s) Here’s a brief round-up of the tournament. In the “A” Flight of the “Turkey Shoot-Out” Benny’/Dolan’s were the champions, with Andrew Breischaft & Mike Morrissey sharing MVP honors and with both MVPs dividing between them the $175 gift package that was courtesy of the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum. In an act of generosity that showed a lot of class, coach Matt O’Hara and the Blarney Stone team decided to donate their share of the prize money back to the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum. While over in the “B Flight, High Tension from South Jersey won the championship with Dave Mike-Mayer being named MVP. Team photos of both Benny’/Dolan’s and High Tension will be posted soon.

 ASA of Pa. District 6 Commissioner Joe Organek shown here presenting a check to the Mickey Vernon Museum's curator Jim Vankoski for $1,000


ASA of Pa. District 6 Commissioner Joe Organek shown here presenting a check to the Mickey Vernon Museum’s curator Jim Vankoski for $1,000

 

This is a photograph of the winning Mah Jongg entries at the inaugural Tri State tournament held at the Mickey Vernon Museum. Front row: Sue Strohman. Standing, left to right, Barbara Vankoski, Marty Laney, Randi Saxe, Brenda Vogel, Sue Pritchard, Lore Yao and Bonnie Weitzman.

This is a photograph of the winning Mah Jongg entries at the inaugural Tri State tournament held at the Mickey Vernon Museum. Front row: Sue Strohman. Standing, left to right, Barbara Vankoski, Marty Laney, Randi Saxe, Brenda Vogel, Sue Pritchard, Lore Yao and Bonnie Weitzman.

Mickey Vernon Museum to Host Holiday Flea Market The Mickey Vernon Museum will host a sports memorabilia flea market on Saturday December 14, 2013 from 12 noon to 3 pm. The museum is on the upper level of the Granite Run Mall, close to Boscov’s. If you have any sports items that you think have some value and you would like to sell them to have some extra cash for the holidays, you should reserve a table today. This service is provided by the museum, but you must register to reserve your space. An interesting aside regarding Mickey Vernon–namesake of the museum–and the holiday season is the fact that at one point in his baseball career, he worked before Christmas as Santa Claus at Stotter’s Department Store in Chester. Old-time Delco residents will remember Stotter’s as a prominent department store in the county in the days before malls. It’s an indication of how sports salaries have changed over the years that a man who was eventually to be a two-time batting champion and 7-time All-Star would find it worthwhile to pick up extra money during the off season in this manner. To reserve a table for the flea market, or to get more information on it (or Mickey Vernon), contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

Mickey Vernon Museum to Host Holiday Flea Market The Mickey Vernon Museum will host a sports memorabilia flea market on Saturday December 14, 2013 from 12 noon to 3 pm. The museum is on the upper level of the Granite Run Mall, close to Boscov’s. If you have any sports items that you think have some value and you would like to sell them to have some extra cash for the holidays, you should reserve a table today. This service is provided by the museum, but you must register to reserve your space. An interesting aside regarding Mickey Vernon–namesake of the museum–and the holiday season is the fact that at one point in his baseball career, he worked before Christmas as Santa Claus at Stotter’s Department Store in Chester. Old-time Delco residents will remember Stotter’s as a prominent department store in the county in the days before malls. It’s an indication of how sports salaries have changed over the years that a man who was eventually to be a two-time batting champion and 7-time All-Star would find it worthwhile to pick up extra money during the off season in this manner. To reserve a table for the flea market, or to get more information on it (or Mickey Vernon), contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

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Olympic Sports Rarity Comes to the Mickey Vernon Museum

Kia Davis, former 8-time state track champion at Chester High School and presently a track coach for the University of Pittsburgh, has placed on loan to the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum the opening ceremony attire that she wore in the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing China when she was a member of the Olympic track and field team representing the country of Liberia.

Kia has dual US-Liberian citizenship status as a result of her father being born in Liberia. As such, she was eligible to run for the Liberian national team. In addition to being the Liberian record holder in five sprint and hurdle categories, her track resume includes six NCAA national titles that she obtained while competing for St. Augustine College and a silver medal won with the US 4×400 relay team in Moscow, Russia in the 2006 World Indoor Championships.

It is indeed an honor that Kia and her family are giving Delaware County residents a chance to view this precious family heirloom. The Museum is located in the Granite Run Mall second floor close to Boscov’s. For more information contact vankoski21@comcast.net. 610-909-4919 www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com

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Pagano Book Signing at Mickey Vernon Museum Author Richard Pagano will be signing his new book, “The Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty “at the museum on June 13th and 14th. Father’s Day is just around the corner, and Richard Pagano’s new book entitled, “The Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty”, would make a great gift for that sports minded Dad. Pagano, whose first book was entitled “Delaware County Sports Legends”, will be having two book signings at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum which is located on the second level of the Granite Run Mall near Boscov’s. The first signing will be Friday, June 13, 2014, from 11:00am to 3:00pm, with a second signing the following day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 12:00 to 2:00pm. His new book can be purchased and signed by the author for $19.95. There will also be copies (only a few left) of his first book, “Delaware County Sports Legends” available for the same price of $19.95. “The Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty” is the biography of one of Delaware County’s larger than life sportsman whose hotel, bar and fight arena in Leiperville, now known as the Crum Lynne section of Ridley Township, was a mecca for boxing from 1916 to 1947. During this time, he was the owner of one of the busiest fight camps in the country. It was at his arena, one of the first open air arenas in the country, that some of the greatest fighters in the sport trained or fought. It was also a popular hangout for sports writers too, especially Damon Runyon who made Leiperville and the Baron famous nationwide. The Baron, who Tex Rickard once said was one of the best referees in the country, was the third man in the ring for three of jack Dempsey’s bouts, and in 1925, was the first imported referee to work a fight in California. He was well-known nationally as a referee, promoter and manager of fighters. He was friends with Jack Johnson and even worked as his manager for some of his bouts in Philadelphia. He gave Dempsey a job at his hotel and let him train there in late 1918 for his fight with Battling Levinsky, which he refereed. He was also responsible for getting Jack Blackburn out of jail, who later would be instrumental in training and guiding Joe Louis to the world heavyweight championship. In the sport of boxing, everyone knew the “Baron”. As a boxer, trainer, manager, referee, promoter and fight camp owner, Jimmy Dougherty stands alone. For more information, contact the author at rp1751@aol.com or call at 267-280-6696.

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Author Richard Pagano will be signing his new book, “The Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty “at the museum on June 13th and 14th.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and Richard Pagano’s new book entitled, “The Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty”, would make a great gift for that sports minded Dad. Pagano, whose first book was entitled “Delaware County Sports Legends”, will be having two book signings at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum which is located on the second level of the Granite Run Mall near Boscov’s. The first signing will be Friday, June 13, 2014, from 11:00am to 3:00pm, with a second signing the following day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 12:00 to 2:00pm. His new book can be purchased and signed by the author for $19.95. There will also be copies (only a few left) of his first book, “Delaware County Sports Legends” available for the same price of $19.95.
“The Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty” is the biography of one of Delaware County’s larger than life sportsman whose hotel, bar and fight arena in Leiperville, now known as the Crum Lynne section of Ridley Township, was a mecca for boxing from 1916 to 1947. During this time, he was the owner of one of the busiest fight camps in the country. It was at his arena, one of the first open air arenas in the country, that some of the greatest fighters in the sport trained or fought. It was also a popular hangout for sports writers too, especially Damon Runyon who made Leiperville and the Baron famous nationwide.
The Baron, who Tex Rickard once said was one of the best referees in the country, was the third man in the ring for three of jack Dempsey’s bouts, and in 1925, was the first imported referee to work a fight in California. He was well-known nationally as a referee, promoter and manager of fighters. He was friends with Jack Johnson and even worked as his manager for some of his bouts in Philadelphia. He gave Dempsey a job at his hotel and let him train there in late 1918 for his fight with Battling Levinsky, which he refereed. He was also responsible for getting Jack Blackburn out of jail, who later would be instrumental in training and guiding Joe Louis to the world heavyweight championship. In the sport of boxing, everyone knew the “Baron”. As a boxer, trainer, manager, referee, promoter and fight camp owner, Jimmy Dougherty stands alone.
For more information, contact the author at rp1751@aol.com or call at 267-280-6696.

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Chris Wheeler to Speak at the Mickey Vernon Museum Chris Wheeler, former Phillies announcer and color commentator[left in photo], will be the special guest of the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum in the Granite Run Mall on Wednesday, June 18, from noon to 1:30 PM. The museum is on the second floor of the mall, near Boscov's "Wheels," as he became known, joined the Phillies in 1971 as an Assistant Director of Publicity and Public Relations . He began broadcasting games in 1977 and in 1982 was named Director of Community Relations. In 1983, he took on the responsibillity of Camp Coordinator for the Phillies Dream Week. With such qualifications, there are few people that can discuss the past forty plus years of Phillies history with more authority than Chris, a graduate of Marple Newtown High School. Chris has promised that he will have available a dozen or more copies of his book, "View From The Booth." His talk kicks off a new series, Sports Talk at the Mall, hosted by Delco Athletes Hall of Fame icon Joe Cirilli. For more information, call Joe at 610-494-3845.

Chris Wheeler to Speak at the Mickey Vernon Museum
Chris Wheeler, former Phillies announcer and color commentator[left in photo], will be the special guest of the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum in the Granite Run Mall on Wednesday, June 18, from noon to 1:30 PM. The museum is on the second floor of the mall, near Boscov’s
“Wheels,” as he became known, joined the Phillies in 1971 as an Assistant Director of Publicity and Public Relations . He began broadcasting games in 1977 and in 1982 was named Director of Community Relations. In 1983, he took on the responsibillity of Camp Coordinator for the Phillies Dream Week. With such qualifications, there are few people that can discuss the past forty plus years of Phillies history with more authority than Chris, a graduate of Marple Newtown High School.
Chris has promised that he will have available a dozen or more copies of his book, “View From The Booth.” His talk kicks off a new series, Sports Talk at the Mall, hosted by Delco Athletes Hall of Fame icon Joe Cirilli. For more information, call Joe at 610-494-3845.

Delaware County’s Wide World of Women’s Sports Exhibit Coming to the Mickey Vernon Museum In 1932, Jean Shiley won a gold medal in the High Jump track and field event at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, defeating the legendary Babe Didrickson. This set the stage for other Delaware County women to achieve greatness in a variety of other Olympic Sports over the years: Jane Barkman–Gold Medal in swimming in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. Char Morett, Karen Shelton and Chris Larson–Bronze Medals in field hockey in the 1984 Olympics. Theresa Shank- Grentz–Head coach of the 1992 Olympic Bronze Medal winning basketball team. Mary Ellen Clark–Bronze Medal winner diver in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Emily deRiel–Silver medal winner in the pentathlon in the 2000 Olympics And, most recently, Lisa Raymond–2012 silver medal winner in tennis Other Delco women achieving recognition in Olympic sports include Cindy Gilbert-Bevilacqua in Archery, Renee Hykel-Cuddy in Rowing, Karen Anderson,javelin,Dawn Burrell. long jump, Brenda Borgh swimming, Kia Davis and Kate Fonshell in track.During the past 80 plus year time period, Delco women were competing at the national and world level in sports that were not included as Olympic Sports, most notably, lacrosse. Since Virginia Allen and Putty Willetts became involved with the sport of lacrosse in the early 1930s, no fewer than twenty Delco women lacrosse players have been inducted into the National Women’s Lacrosse Hall of Fame.In addition, the following notable representatives of their respective sports have all given Delaware County residents reason to cheer: Auto Racing–Mares Stellfox Bowling–Sadie Dixon and Patricia Mescanti Boxing–Fredia Gibbs Curling–Taylor and Sarah Anderson Figure Skating–Mojca Kopac-Tiernan Golf–Dorothy Germain-Porter Gymnastics–Donna Fletcher Ice Hockey–Gina Kearns Rodeo–Kim McKee Soccer–Sinead Farrelly Softball–Theresa Dunbar Triathlon–Shannon Grady Volleyball–Shelbey Manthorpe All of these outstanding athletes and many more will be included in an exhibit coming to the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum on May 30, 2014 and lasting until October 11, 2014. The museum is located on the second level of the Granite Run Mall close to Boscov’s. For more information contact vankoski21@comcast.net or call Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919

Delaware County’s Wide World of Women’s Sports Exhibit Coming to the Mickey Vernon Museum
In 1932, Jean Shiley won a gold medal in the High Jump track and field event at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, defeating the legendary Babe Didrickson. This set the stage for other Delaware County women to achieve greatness in a variety of other Olympic Sports over the years:
Jane Barkman–Gold Medal in swimming in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.
Char Morett, Karen Shelton and Chris Larson–Bronze Medals in field hockey in the 1984 Olympics.
Theresa Shank- Grentz–Head coach of the 1992 Olympic Bronze Medal winning basketball team.
Mary Ellen Clark–Bronze Medal winner diver in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
Emily deRiel–Silver medal winner in the pentathlon in the 2000 Olympics
And, most recently, Lisa Raymond–2012 silver medal winner in tennis
Other Delco women achieving recognition in Olympic sports include Cindy Gilbert-Bevilacqua in Archery, Renee Hykel-Cuddy in Rowing, Karen Anderson,javelin,Dawn Burrell. long jump, Brenda Borgh swimming,
Kia Davis and Kate Fonshell in track.During the past 80 plus year time period, Delco women were competing at the national and world level in sports that were not included as Olympic Sports, most notably, lacrosse. Since Virginia Allen and Putty Willetts became involved with the sport of lacrosse in the early 1930s, no fewer than twenty Delco women lacrosse players have been inducted into the National Women’s Lacrosse Hall of Fame.In addition, the following notable representatives of their respective sports have all given Delaware County residents reason to cheer:
Auto Racing–Mares Stellfox
Bowling–Sadie Dixon and Patricia Mescanti
Boxing–Fredia Gibbs
Curling–Taylor and Sarah Anderson
Figure Skating–Mojca Kopac-Tiernan
Golf–Dorothy Germain-Porter
Gymnastics–Donna Fletcher
Ice Hockey–Gina Kearns
Rodeo–Kim McKee
Soccer–Sinead Farrelly
Softball–Theresa Dunbar
Triathlon–Shannon Grady
Volleyball–Shelbey Manthorpe
All of these outstanding athletes and many more will be included in an exhibit coming to the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum on May 30, 2014 and lasting until October 11, 2014. The museum is located on the second level of the Granite Run Mall close to Boscov’s. For more information contact vankoski21@comcast.net or call Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919

Recently, over seventy years of legendary Delaware County women athletes were in attendance at the Grand opening of the Mickey Vernon Museum's Wide World of Women Sports Exhibit. Those present erupted in applause as Putty Willetts, Swarthmore High School class of 1943, took her place among the star-studded cast of amateur and professional athletes. Putty, the only living member of both the National U.S. Field Hockey and National U.S. Lacrosse Halls of Fame is in the center, joined by, seen from left to right in the photo: Strath Haven's Megan Smith Fizzano--Lacrosse Sun Valley's Kim McKee--Rodeo Drexel Hill's Shelbey Manthorpe--Volleyball Upper Darby's Tiz Griffith--Field Hockey Marple Newtown's Sarah, Courtney and Taylor Anderson--Curling Museum curator Jim Vankoski Springfield's Mares Stellfox--Auto Racing Haverford's Renee Hykel Cuddy--Olympic Rowing Lansdowne's Patricia Mescanti--Bowling Archbishop Prendergast's Theresa Dunbar--Softball Jim Vankoski believes this to be the most talented assemblage of local women athletes together at one time representing such a extensive period and so many different games. The women brought with them personal memorabilia to be placed on display at the museum--artifacts representing seventy-five years of Delaware County sports history. The museum is located on the second floor of the Granite Run Mall, close to Boscov's. The exhibit can be viewed free of charge every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Recently, over seventy years of legendary Delaware County women athletes were in attendance at the Grand opening of the Mickey Vernon Museum’s Wide World of Women Sports Exhibit. Those present erupted in applause as Putty Willetts, Swarthmore High School class of 1943, took her place among the star-studded cast of amateur and professional athletes.
Putty, the only living member of both the National U.S. Field Hockey and National U.S. Lacrosse Halls of Fame is in the center, joined by, seen from left to right in the photo:
Strath Haven’s Megan Smith Fizzano–Lacrosse
Sun Valley’s Kim McKee–Rodeo
Drexel Hill’s Shelbey Manthorpe–Volleyball
Upper Darby’s Tiz Griffith–Field Hockey
Marple Newtown’s Sarah, Courtney and Taylor Anderson–Curling
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Springfield’s Mares Stellfox–Auto Racing
Haverford’s Renee Hykel Cuddy–Olympic Rowing
Lansdowne’s Patricia Mescanti–Bowling
Archbishop Prendergast’s Theresa Dunbar–Softball
Jim Vankoski believes this to be the most talented assemblage of local women athletes together at one time representing such a extensive period and so many different games. The women brought with them personal memorabilia to be placed on display at the museum–artifacts representing seventy-five years of Delaware County sports history.
The museum is located on the second floor of the Granite Run Mall, close to Boscov’s. The exhibit can be viewed free of charge every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

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Mickey Vernon--April 22, 1918-September 24, 2008 September 24, 2014 will mark the sixth anniversary of Mickey Vernon's death. Help to celebrate his life by coming to the Mickey Vernon Museum in the Granite Run Mall at 12 noon on September 24 to see a 30- minute video of favorite memories of Mickey. The museum is on the second floor of the mall, near Boscov's. " Mickey was the nicest man I ever met."--teammate Rudy Minarcin

Mickey Vernon–April 22, 1918-September 24, 2008
September 24, 2014 will mark the sixth anniversary of Mickey Vernon’s death.
Help to celebrate his life by coming to the Mickey Vernon Museum in the Granite Run Mall at 12 noon on September 24 to see a 30- minute video of favorite memories of Mickey. The museum is on the second floor of the mall, near Boscov’s.
” Mickey was the nicest man I ever met.”–teammate Rudy Minarcin

Veterans Day Contest

In the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum's new exhibit, Athletes and Authors-- Books by and about Delaware County Sports Legends, there is a special baseball section saluting those Delaware County players who served in the military. Given special recognition in this section are Jimmy Dykes (WW I ), Mickey Vernon, Danny Murtaugh, and Stanley Glenn (WW II), and Terry Allvord (Iraq). In association with this exhibit, the museum is sponsoring a Veterans Day Contest. If you know the names of the living members of Baseball's Hall of Fame that served in the military during WW II, email your answer to vankoski21@comcast.net. On November 11th (Veterans Day), a winner will be selected from all correct answers submitted. The museum has a nice surprise gift for the winner. The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum is located in the Granite Run Mall, on the second floor near Boscov's, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm.

In the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum’s new exhibit, Athletes and Authors– Books by and about Delaware County Sports Legends, there is a special baseball section saluting those Delaware County players who served in the military. Given special recognition in this section are Jimmy Dykes (WW I ), Mickey Vernon, Danny Murtaugh, and Stanley Glenn (WW II), and Terry Allvord (Iraq).
In association with this exhibit, the museum is sponsoring a Veterans Day Contest. If you know the names of the living members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame that served in the military during WW II, email your answer to vankoski21@comcast.net. On November 11th (Veterans Day), a winner will be selected from all correct answers submitted. The museum has a nice surprise gift for the winner.
The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum is located in the Granite Run Mall, on the second floor near Boscov’s, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm.

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Basketball Section On Exhibit At Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum in the Granite Run Mall includes exhibits of Delaware County Athletes and Authors. The Basketball Section of the exhibit is shown below. This section includes books by or about regional basketball greats such as Jack Ramsay, Jack McKinney, Bo Ryan, Jameer Nelson, Theresa Grentz and Phil Martelli, as well as a book on Pennsylvania's Greatest High School Basketball Players, written by Mark Hostutler. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4 pm. This exhibit can be seen through December 31, 2014

Basketball Section On Exhibit At Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum
The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum in the Granite Run Mall includes exhibits of Delaware County Athletes and Authors. The Basketball Section of the exhibit is shown below. This section includes books by or about regional basketball greats such as Jack Ramsay, Jack McKinney, Bo Ryan, Jameer Nelson, Theresa Grentz and Phil Martelli, as well as a book on Pennsylvania’s Greatest High School Basketball Players, written by Mark Hostutler. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4 pm. This exhibit can be seen through December 31, 2014

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People familiar with Delaware County’s Sports Heritage are well aware of the achievements of County athletes and coaches. However, it might come as a surprise that many of these same individuals are also authors. Among this group are: Jimmy Dykes, the only baseball major league player to play for over 20 years and manage for over 20 years in the big leagues.Emlen Tunnell, first African American to be elected to football’s Hall of Fame.Jack Ramsay, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Jack McKinney, NBA coach of the year and Phil Martelli are all St. Joseph University basketball coaches turned authors.Two more basketball coaches–“Bo” Ryan and Theresa Grentz–are as current as you get, with Bo having coached the University of Wisconsin Basketball team to the 2014 final four and Theresa being elected in 2014 to the Basketball Hall of Fame.Vince Papale of Invicible lore, Joe Klecko and Joe Fields are three football stars with books to their credit.Rich Westcott has written 24 books, including Mickey Vernon The Gentleman First Baseman.Rich Pagano has published a recent book on fight promoter Baron Dougherty.Colleen Hroncich, Danny Murtaugh’s granddaughter has authored his biography.Ray Didinger has compiled a New Eagles Encyclopedia that is soon to be released.Books by these authors are among the many included in an exhibit slated to open in mid-October at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum. The museum is located in the Granite Run Mall, on the second floor near Boscov’s. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, contact vankoski21@comcast.net.

People familiar with Delaware County’s Sports Heritage are well aware of the achievements of County athletes and coaches. However, it might come as a surprise that many of these same individuals are also authors. Among this group are:
Jimmy Dykes, the only baseball major league player to play for over 20 years and manage for over 20 years in the big leagues.Emlen Tunnell, first African American to be elected to football’s Hall of Fame.Jack Ramsay, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Jack McKinney, NBA coach of the year and Phil Martelli are all St. Joseph University basketball coaches turned authors.Two more basketball coaches–“Bo” Ryan and Theresa Grentz–are as current as you get, with Bo having coached the University of Wisconsin Basketball team to the 2014 final four and Theresa being elected in 2014 to the Basketball Hall of Fame.Vince Papale of Invicible lore, Joe Klecko and Joe Fields are three football stars with books to their credit.Rich Westcott has written 24 books, including Mickey Vernon The Gentleman First Baseman.Rich Pagano has published a recent book on fight promoter Baron Dougherty.Colleen Hroncich, Danny Murtaugh’s granddaughter has authored his biography.Ray Didinger has compiled a New Eagles Encyclopedia that is soon to be released.Books by these authors are among the many included in an exhibit slated to open in mid-October at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum. The museum is located in the Granite Run Mall, on the second floor near Boscov’s. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, contact vankoski21@comcast.net.

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FINAL EXHIBIT at Mickey Vernon Museum to close at 4 pm on March 7, 2015 The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum at the Granite Run Mall opened on April 21, 2013. Since then, over 8,000 visitors have come to appreciate the great sports heritage of Delaware County PA. Besides the extensive permanent collection, the museum has assembled, in just nearly two years of operation, special exhibits on Delaware County Olympians; an exhibit on professional boxing in Delaware County–curated by author Rich Pagano; The Wide World of Delaware County Women’s Sports exhibit and an exhibit titled Athletes and Authors, Books by and about Delaware County Sports Legends.As it’s final exhibit, the museum will present a retrospective on its namesake, Mickey Vernon. Titled “Mickey Vernon: Grand Memories of a Great Champion“, the exhibit will feature numerous photos and artifacts of Mickey’s days in Major League Baseball as a player, manager, coach and scout. This final display of the museum will start on February 4 2015, closing on March 7 2015. Please take advantage of visiting the museum for what will be your final opportunity to see over 100 years worth of Delco athletes showcased at this Granite Run Mall location.The museum is located on the second floor of the mall, close to Boscov’s, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4 pm. For more information, view our website www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

 

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With the Granite Run Mall scheduled for demolition this coming summer, The Mickey Vernon Sports Museum will have to find a new home. Its departure from the mall will have to occur even earlier-- most likely in March of 2015, when its lease at the mall expires. As a result, the time has come to start looking for an idea to keep the Mickey Vernon Museum in the public eye until a new site can be found. What do you think of finding a site at which a Delaware County Sports Rarity of the Month from the museum collection can be showcased? We would need a very nice high-traffic area that is safe and secure where we could display a different piece of Delaware County sports memorabilia each month-one that is appropriate to the sport season. I'd appreciate it if you'd give it some thought and let me know if you have any suggestions. March will be here before you know it.Thanks, Jim Vankoski email vankoski21@comcast.net website www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com

With the Granite Run Mall scheduled for demolition this coming summer, The Mickey Vernon Sports Museum will have to find a new home. Its departure from the mall will have to occur even earlier– most likely in March of 2015, when its lease at the mall expires. As a result, the time has come to start looking for an idea to keep the Mickey Vernon Museum in the public eye until a new site can be found. What do you think of finding a site at which a Delaware County Sports Rarity of the Month from the museum collection can be showcased? We would need a very nice high-traffic area that is safe and secure where we could display a different piece of Delaware County sports memorabilia each month-one that is appropriate to the sport season. I’d appreciate it if you’d give it some thought and let me know if you have any suggestions. March will be here before you know it.Thanks, Jim Vankoski email vankoski21@comcast.net website www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com

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 University of Wisconsin basketball coach and Chester native, Bo Ryan's NCAA 2007 Division One Coach of the Year Adolph Rupp Cup is on display at the Rocky Run Y in Media, Pa. The cup will be on display for members during the month of April 2015. Ryan, a 1965 graduate of Chester High School led the Badgers to a then school record 30 wins that season and the first # 1 ranking in school history. A recent addition to the Mickey Vernon Delaware County Sports History Museum welcomes you to its new home in the Rocky Run YMCA in Media, PA. The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case adjacent to the gym. Items from the museum's collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

University of Wisconsin basketball coach and Chester native, Bo Ryan’s NCAA 2007 Division One Coach of the Year Adolph Rupp Cup is on display at the Rocky Run Y in Media, Pa. The cup will be on display for members during the month of April 2015. Ryan, a 1965 graduate of Chester High School led the Badgers to a then school record 30 wins that season and the first # 1 ranking in school history.
A recent addition to the Mickey Vernon Delaware County Sports History Museum welcomes you to its new home in the Rocky Run YMCA in Media, PA. The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case adjacent to the gym.
Items from the museum’s collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

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Together Again–Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon In the mid 1930s, Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon were teammates on Chester’s American Legion baseball team. In the late 1930s, they entered professional baseball, playing in the Eastern Shore league. In the early 1940s, they both reached their goal of becoming major league players, beginning careers that were interrupted by World War II. During the war, they served in the United States military–Danny in the Army and Mickey in the Navy. In the late1940s and early 1950s, they were back playing major league baseball,–Danny in the National League and Mickey in the American League. In 1960, they were both part of the National League champion Pittsburgh Pirates that defeated the New York Yankees to gain the World Championship–Danny as the manager and Mickey as a player/coach. Now, eighty years after first playing for that Chester American Legion team, they will be brought together again posthumously in a museum exhibit held in the Delaware County Historical Society Museum and Research Library located at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester PA. The exhibit combines artifacts from the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum is free and will open to the public April 11, 2015 and last through October 2015. Additional information about this exhibit can be found on the Mickey Vernon Museum’s website www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or call the Delaware County Historical Society Museum at 610-872-0502. The curator of this exhibit is Jim Vankoski. He can be reached at vankoski21@comcast.net or 610-909-4919. Many thanks to Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia for helping to make this exhibit possible.

Together Again–Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon In the mid 1930s, Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon were teammates on Chester’s American Legion baseball team. In the late 1930s, they entered professional baseball, playing in the Eastern Shore league. In the early 1940s, they both reached their goal of becoming major league players, beginning careers that were interrupted by World War II. During the war, they served in the United States military–Danny in the Army and Mickey in the Navy. In the late1940s and early 1950s, they were back playing major league baseball,–Danny in the National League and Mickey in the American League. In 1960, they were both part of the National League champion Pittsburgh Pirates that defeated the New York Yankees to gain the World Championship–Danny as the manager and Mickey as a player/coach. Now, eighty years after first playing for that Chester American Legion team, they will be brought together again posthumously in a museum exhibit held in the Delaware County Historical Society Museum and Research Library located at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester PA. The exhibit combines artifacts from the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum is free and will open to the public April 11, 2015 and last through October 2015. Additional information about this exhibit can be found on the Mickey Vernon Museum’s website www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or call the Delaware County Historical Society Museum at 610-872-0502. The curator of this exhibit is Jim Vankoski. He can be reached at vankoski21@comcast.net or 610-909-4919. Many thanks to Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia for helping to make this exhibit possible.

A recent addition to the Mickey Vernon Delaware County Sports History Museum welcomes you to the museum’s new home in the Rocky Run YMCA in Media, PA. The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case adjacent to the gym. The Sports Rarity for May will be a game-used ball from Gertie Dunn’s 1952 Rookie of the Year season with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The ball will be on display for Y members during the entire month. Dunn, a graduate of Sharon Hill High School and West Chester University, is arguably the best woman athlete in the history of Delaware County. In addition to playing in the AA/GPBL–the league made famous by the movie A League of Their Own–Gertie, now deceased, is the only player ever to be inducted into both The National Field Hockey and National Lacrosse Halls of Fame. Items from the Museum’s collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y, be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

A recent addition to the Mickey Vernon Delaware County Sports History Museum welcomes you to the museum’s new home in the Rocky Run YMCA in Media, PA. The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case adjacent to the gym. The Sports Rarity for May will be a game-used ball from Gertie Dunn’s 1952 Rookie of the Year season with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The ball will be on display for Y members during the entire month. Dunn, a graduate of Sharon Hill High School and West Chester University, is arguably the best woman athlete in the history of Delaware County. In addition to playing in the AA/GPBL–the league made famous by the movie A League of Their Own–Gertie, now deceased, is the only player ever to be inducted into both The National Field Hockey and National Lacrosse Halls of Fame. Items from the Museum’s collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y, be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

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On both Saturday, June 20th and Saturday, June 27th, there is a 3:05 start time for the Phillies game. The timing of that game makes for a good self guided day trip for your family and friends when combined with the following three nearby attractions: A visit to our Danny Murtaugh--Mickey Vernon Exhibit in the Delaware County Historical Society Museum. Something unique, a visit to an old-time boxing gym which is right around the corner from the museum. Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. 777 Harrah's Blvd. Chester, Pa. The museum, at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester, PA, is where the Murtaugh-Vernon exhibit is on display, with artifacts and information relating to those two local legends of major league baseball. The Must Fight Boxing Gym, just a one-block walk from the museum, is at 504 Edgmont Avenue in Chester. It’s a place where young boxers train and older pugilists spar just to stay in shape, with a look that is right out of the 1930s. It was recently used in the filming of the movie "Creed", the latest in the Rocky series. Harrah’s, of course, needs no introduction, and is always a good source of entertainment. For those fans that enjoy the historic aspect of sports, this makes for a great trip. Visit the museum and the gym in the morning then spend some time winning money at the casino and racetrack until it’s time to get to the game. All three of these attractions are only about an easy twenty-minute ride from Citizens Bank Park and the Phillies. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at vankoski21@comcast.net or 610-909-4919. For more information on the museum exhibit, visit www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com.

On both Saturday, June 20th and Saturday, June 27th, there is a 3:05 start time for the Phillies game. The timing of that game makes for a good self guided day trip for your family and friends when combined with the following three nearby attractions:
A visit to our Danny Murtaugh–Mickey Vernon Exhibit in the Delaware County Historical Society Museum.
Something unique, a visit to an old-time boxing gym which is right around the corner from the museum.
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. 777 Harrah’s Blvd. Chester, Pa.
The museum, at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester, PA, is where the Murtaugh-Vernon exhibit is on display, with artifacts and information relating to those two local legends of major league baseball.
The Must Fight Boxing Gym, just a one-block walk from the museum, is at 504 Edgmont Avenue in Chester. It’s a place where young boxers train and older pugilists spar just to stay in shape, with a look that is right out of the 1930s. It was recently used in the filming of the movie “Creed”, the latest in the Rocky series.
Harrah’s, of course, needs no introduction, and is always a good source of entertainment.
For those fans that enjoy the historic aspect of sports, this makes for a great trip. Visit the museum and the gym in the morning then spend some time winning money at the casino and racetrack until it’s time to get to the game. All three of these attractions are only about an easy twenty-minute ride from Citizens Bank Park and the Phillies.
For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at vankoski21@comcast.net or 610-909-4919. For more information on the museum exhibit, visit www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com.

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Kim McKee’s Rodeo Memorabilia

Items from the Museum’s collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y, be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or www.vankoski21@comcast.net.

 Kim McKee's Rodeo Memorabilia from her National Collegiate Championship Career will be on display at the Rocky Run Y in Media, Pa. The memorabilia will be on display for members during the month of July 2015. McKee a graduate of Sun Valley High School and The University Tennessee Martin is arguably the best woman Rodeo athlete in the history of Delaware County. Kim winning a National College Finals Championship held in Bozeman Montana, aired on ESPN, she later rode exclusively as a professional, making it to the International Rodeo Finals in Wichita Kansas. This addition to the Mickey Vernon Delaware County Sports History Museum welcomes you to its home in the Rocky Run YMCA in Media, PA. The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case adjacent to the gym. Items from the museum's collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.


Kim McKee’s Rodeo Memorabilia from her National Collegiate Championship Career will be on display at the Rocky Run Y in Media, Pa. The memorabilia will be on display for members during the month of July 2015. McKee a graduate of Sun Valley High School and The University Tennessee Martin is arguably the best woman Rodeo athlete in the history of Delaware County. Kim winning a National College Finals Championship held in Bozeman Montana, aired on ESPN, she later rode exclusively as a professional, making it to the International Rodeo Finals in Wichita Kansas.
This addition to the Mickey Vernon Delaware County Sports History Museum welcomes you to its home in the Rocky Run YMCA in Media, PA. The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case adjacent to the gym.
Items from the museum’s collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

A recent addition to the Mickey Vernon Delaware County Sports History Museum welcomes you to the addition’s new home in the Rocky Run YMCA in Media, PA. The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case adjacent to the gym. The Sports Rarity for August will be Phillies Broadcast Team’s Ben Davis’ game-worn jersey and game-used catcher’s mitt from Ben’s 2004 season with the American League Seattle Mariners. The jersey and mitt will be on display for Y members during the entire month of July. Davis was born in Chester,Pa., grew up in nearby Aston and earned acclaim as an accomplished catcher while at Malvern Prep. In 1995, he was selected second overall in the Major League Baseball Draft. Ben played seven years at the major league level, including stints with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox. Items from the Museum’s collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y, be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

A recent addition to the Mickey Vernon Delaware County Sports History Museum welcomes you to the addition’s new home in the Rocky Run YMCA in Media, PA. The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case adjacent to the gym. The Sports Rarity for August will be Phillies Broadcast Team’s Ben Davis’ game-worn jersey and game-used catcher’s mitt from Ben’s 2004 season with the American League Seattle Mariners. The jersey and mitt will be on display for Y members during the entire month of July. Davis was born in Chester,Pa., grew up in nearby Aston and earned acclaim as an accomplished catcher while at Malvern Prep. In 1995, he was selected second overall in the Major League Baseball Draft. Ben played seven years at the major league level, including stints with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox. Items from the Museum’s collection, including the monthly Rarity, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If you are one of the more than 19,000 members of the Rocky Run Y, be sure to visit this site often to view periodic updates. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

 Producers and Directors George Case III and Jim Vankoski are proud to announce that the film "Ballfield to Battlefield and Back--From FDR to JFK" has been selected for showing at the Tenth Annual Baseball Film Festival, to be held at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY from September 25-27, 2015, The dvd features sixty minutes of color footage of WW II and Korean War-era major league players from 1939 through 1962. More than eighty players in the dvd who served in the military, including 40 members of the Hall of Fame, are identified, along with their branch of service. Among the Hall of Fame veterans featured are Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, and Yogi Berra. All of those featured were professional ballplayers prior to WW II, served their country during the war and then returned to the ballfield. Ted Williams was called to serve again during the Korean war. The dvd also features four presidents (FDR, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and JFK) "throwing out the first ball" in Washington DC. In addition, there is color footage of Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium in 1947 and of the legendary Honus Wagner when he was a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. This national treasure was filmed and narrated by two former major league players, George Case (six-time stolen base champion and four time all-star) and Mickey Vernon (two-time batting champion and seven-time all-star). For information on how to obtain this dvd for your own pleasure or for that special fan, contact Jim Vankoski at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum at 610-909-4919 or go to www.timelessbaseball.com.

Producers and Directors George Case III and Jim Vankoski are proud to announce that the film “Ballfield to Battlefield and Back–From FDR to JFK” has been selected for showing at the Tenth Annual Baseball Film Festival, to be held at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY from September 25-27, 2015, The dvd features sixty minutes of color footage of WW II and Korean War-era major league players from 1939 through 1962.
More than eighty players in the dvd who served in the military, including 40 members of the Hall of Fame, are identified, along with their branch of service. Among the Hall of Fame veterans featured are Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, and Yogi Berra. All of those featured were professional ballplayers prior to WW II, served their country during the war and then returned to the ballfield. Ted Williams was called to serve again during the Korean war.
The dvd also features four presidents (FDR, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and JFK) “throwing out the first ball” in Washington DC. In addition, there is color footage of Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium in 1947 and of the legendary Honus Wagner when he was a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This national treasure was filmed and narrated by two former major league players, George Case (six-time stolen base champion and four time all-star) and Mickey Vernon (two-time batting champion and seven-time all-star).
For information on how to obtain this dvd for your own pleasure or for that special fan, contact Jim Vankoski at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum at 610-909-4919 or go to www.timelessbaseball.com.

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Artist rendition of center atrium wall by George Rothacker.

Artist rendition of center atrium wall by George Rothacker.

Sports Rarity of the Month: Mares Stellfox “The Lady Outlaw”

An addition to the Delaware County Sports scene, open free of charge to all residents, awaits you at the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in their atrium. With this addition The Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are preparing for a December 12, 2015 opening for a permanent Sports Legends of Delaware County installation also to be held at the Radnor Township building. The Sports Legends of Delaware County exhibit promises to preserve the rich sports history of Delaware County by honoring those athletes that have earned national and international acclaim for their accomplishments. The Sports Rarity for November will be Mares Stellfox’s Auto Racing Helmet and Fire Suit that she wore as a Professional Auto Racing Champion. These items will be on display Monday through Friday the entire month of November during the township’s normal business hours. Mares a graduate of Springfield High School, made her debut in the world of micro sprint racing with her car at Delaware’s Airport Speedway. In 1988 Mares joined a racing club called the Tri- State Outlaws. Mares was the only woman among the nearly one hundred men in the club. Because of her unique status she became known in the racing world as ” The Lady Outlaw” For more information contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net or www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com --Photo courtesy of Jim Young--

An addition to the Delaware County Sports scene, open free of charge to all residents, awaits you at the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in their atrium. With this addition The Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are preparing for a December 12, 2015 opening for a permanent Sports Legends of Delaware County installation also to be held at the Radnor Township building. The Sports Legends of Delaware County exhibit promises to preserve the rich sports history of Delaware County by honoring those athletes that have earned national and international acclaim for their accomplishments. The Sports Rarity for November will be Mares Stellfox’s Auto Racing Helmet and Fire Suit that she wore as a Professional Auto Racing Champion. These items will be on display Monday through Friday the entire month of November during the township’s normal business hours. Mares a graduate of Springfield High School, made her debut in the world of micro sprint racing with her car at Delaware’s Airport Speedway. In 1988 Mares joined a racing club called the Tri- State Outlaws. Mares was the only woman among the nearly one hundred men in the club. Because of her unique status she became known in the racing world as ” The Lady Outlaw” For more information contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net or www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com

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Sports Legends of Delaware County Opening Reception

 photo credit James Doling Jr.

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photo credit George Rothacker Sports Legends of Delaware County presents the opening reception for Its new museum exhibit, to be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Radnor Township Municipal Building on 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, PA. Included in the numerous events that will be available free of charge that day will be the following: Book signings by noted Delaware County Sports authors. Rich Westcott, the most prolific author in the history of Delco, will be there to discuss many of the 25 books that he has written. Rich Pagano, author of the very popular book Delaware County Sports Legends, will be there with his new book on boxing Baron Dougherty "The Baron of Leiperville". Jack Lemon will also be there to sign his book Black Gold a History of the African-American athlete from Media High School. He will also tell you about his soon to be published book on Ted Meredith. Ted who attended Media High School and Williamson Trade School won two Gold Medals in the 1912 Olympics. Ron Oser from Huggins and Scott auction house will be there to answer that nagging question that you may have about the value of your sports memorabilia free of charge. A unique piece of baseball memorabilia will be on display that day. Once owned by Delco baseball great Mickey Vernon, it is a 25x42- inch piece of horsehide that was signed by all of the players and managers from every American League team during the 1957 season, complete with caricature drawings of many of the signers. Just back from being selected to be shown at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY is the dvd Ballfield to Battlefield and Back, filmed and narrated by Mickey Vernon and George Case. In this film, you will be treated to rare color footage of 40 Hall of Fame players as they practiced and played during the 1939 to 1962 era. Also on the big screen will be highlight film of Radnor's own Emlen Tunnell, as well as other Delco football greats Billy Johnson, John Cappelletti, Al Atkinson, Joe Klecko and Randy Grossman. Radnor artist George Rothacker, the artist for the Sports Legends of Delaware County exhibit will be on hand to present his work to the public and answer any questions you have with regards to the purchase of prints, or custom image of other legends. In all, this will be a truly exceptional exhibit, not to be missed by the sports fan of Delaware County. For more information visit www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or email vankoski21@comcast.net

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Sports Legends of Delaware County presents the opening reception for Its new museum exhibit, to be held Saturday, December 12, 2015
from 11 am to 3 pm at the Radnor Township Municipal Building on 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, PA. Included in the numerous events that will be available free of charge that day will be the following:
Book signings by noted Delaware County Sports authors. Rich Westcott, the most prolific author in the history of Delco, will be there to discuss many of the 25 books that he has written. Rich Pagano, author of the very popular book Delaware County Sports Legends, will be there with his new book on boxing Baron Dougherty “The Baron of Leiperville”. Jack Lemon will also be there to sign his book Black Gold a History of the African-American athlete from Media High School. He will also tell you about his soon to be published book on Ted Meredith. Ted who attended Media High School and Williamson Trade School won two Gold Medals in the 1912 Olympics.
Ron Oser from Huggins and Scott auction house will be there to answer that nagging question that you may have about the value of your sports memorabilia free of charge.
A unique piece of baseball memorabilia will be on display that day. Once owned by Delco baseball great Mickey Vernon, it is a 25×42- inch piece of horsehide that was signed by all of the players and managers from every American League team during the 1957 season, complete with caricature drawings of many of the signers.
Just back from being selected to be shown at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY is the dvd Ballfield to Battlefield and Back, filmed and narrated by Mickey Vernon and George Case. In this film, you will be treated to rare color footage of 40 Hall of Fame players as they practiced and played during the 1939 to 1962 era.
Also on the big screen will be highlight film of Radnor’s own Emlen Tunnell, as well as other Delco football greats Billy Johnson, John Cappelletti, Al Atkinson, Joe Klecko and Randy Grossman.
Radnor artist George Rothacker, the artist for the Sports Legends of Delaware County exhibit will be on hand to present his work to the public and answer any questions you have with regards to the purchase of prints, or custom image of other legends.
In all, this will be a truly exceptional exhibit, not to be missed by the sports fan of Delaware County. For more information visit www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com or email vankoski21@comcast.net

The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is excited to announce that–in addition to authors Rich Westcott, Jack Lemon and Rich Pagano–Dallas Green has been added to a book-signing event to be held December 12, 2015. The book signing will be part of the museum’s opening reception, to be highlighted by a display of artifacts from the Delco Athletes’ Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Museum Collection. Dallas, along with having a host of other major league credits, is a former Philadelphia Phillies player and was the Phillies manager when they won the 1980 World Championship. His book, The Mouth that Roared: My six Decades in Baseball, recalls the many ups and downs of Phillies baseball since the early 1960s. The book signing will be held at the museum on Saturday, December 12th from 12 pm to 2 pm. The museum is located in the Radnor Township Building at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. For more information, call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919

The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is excited to announce that–in addition to authors Rich Westcott, Jack Lemon and Rich Pagano–Dallas Green has been added to a book-signing event to be held December 12, 2015. The book signing will be part of the museum’s opening reception, to be highlighted by a display of artifacts from the Delco Athletes’ Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Museum Collection.
Dallas, along with having a host of other major league credits, is a former Philadelphia Phillies player and was the Phillies manager when they won the 1980 World Championship. His book, The Mouth that Roared: My six Decades in Baseball, recalls the many ups and downs of Phillies baseball since the early 1960s.
The book signing will be held at the museum on Saturday, December 12th from 12 pm to 2 pm. The museum is located in the Radnor Township Building at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. For more information, call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919

A recent addition to the Delaware County Sports scene Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum welcomes you to it's new home in the Radnor Township. Municipal Building located at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa. Ben Davis will bring his game-worn jersey and game-used catcher's mitt from his 2004 season with the American League Seattle Mariners. Ben will be at the Museum's opening reception from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on December 12, 2015. Davis grew up in nearby Aston and earned acclaim as an accomplished catcher while at Malvern Prep. In 1995, he was selected second overall in the Major League Baseball Draft. Ben played seven years at the major league level, including stints with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox. Ben is currently a member of the Phillies Broadcast Team. Items from the Mickey Vernon Museum's collection, which will be housed in the museum, including the Davis Jersey, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. For more information contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

A recent addition to the Delaware County Sports scene Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum welcomes you to it’s new home in the Radnor Township. Municipal Building located at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa.
Ben Davis will bring his game-worn jersey and game-used catcher’s mitt from his 2004 season with the American League Seattle Mariners. Ben will be at the Museum’s opening reception from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on December 12, 2015.
Davis grew up in nearby Aston and earned acclaim as an accomplished catcher while at Malvern Prep. In 1995, he was selected second overall in the Major League Baseball Draft. Ben played seven years at the major league level, including stints with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox. Ben is currently a member of the Phillies Broadcast Team.
Items from the Mickey Vernon Museum’s collection, which will be housed in the museum, including the Davis Jersey, can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. For more information contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is excited to announce that--in addition to authors Rich Westcott, Jack Lemon and Rich Pagano--Dallas Green has been added to a book-signing event to be held December 12, 2015. The book signing will be part of the museum's opening reception, to be highlighted by a display of artifacts from the Delco Athletes' Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Museum Collection. Dallas, along with having a host of other major league credits, is a former Philadelphia Phillies player and was the Phillies manager when they won the 1980 World Championship. His book, The Mouth that Roared: My six Decades in Baseball, recalls the many ups and downs of Phillies baseball since the early 1960s. The book signing will be held at the museum on Saturday, December 12th from 12 pm to 2 pm. The museum is located in the Radnor Township Building at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. For more information, call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919

The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is excited to announce that–in addition to authors Rich Westcott, Jack Lemon and Rich Pagano–Dallas Green has been added to a book-signing event to be held December 12, 2015. The book signing will be part of the museum’s opening reception, to be highlighted by a display of artifacts from the Delco Athletes’ Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Museum Collection.
Dallas, along with having a host of other major league credits, is a former Philadelphia Phillies player and was the Phillies manager when they won the 1980 World Championship. His book, The Mouth that Roared: My six Decades in Baseball, recalls the many ups and downs of Phillies baseball since the early 1960s.
The book signing will be held at the museum on Saturday, December 12th from 12 pm to 2 pm. The museum is located in the Radnor Township Building at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. For more information, call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919

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Winners of the Creed Coloring Contest
The Must Fight Boxing Club and the Art on Avenue of the States Gallery, both located in Chester, PA are happy to announce the winners of the Creed Coloring Contest, held in conjunction with the recent opening of the movie Creed. The contest was open to all third, fourth and fifth grade students. There were a total of 127 entries for the judges, all of whom are artists from the Avenue of the States gallery, to review.
First place winner, from the Harris School in Collingdale PA, is Connor Young. Second place winner, also from the Harris School, is Layla Duggan. Both have the same art teacher–Mrs. Hall. The third place winner, from the Drexel Neumann Academy, is Brayan Guaman. Brayan’s art teacher is Mrs. Morrow. Congratulations to all three!
The winners were awarded gifts donated by Modell’s Sporting Goods, Burman’s Medical Supplies and former Chester High School basketball great, Brent Hagwood. The students’ winning entries are on display at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com.

First place winner Connor Young

First place winner Connor Young

Second place winner Layla Duggan

Second place winner Layla Duggan

Third place winner Brayan Guaman

Third place winner Brayan Guaman

Ben Davis with Uniform

Here is a photo of former major league baseball player and current Phillies announcer Ben Davis with his 2004 game-worn Seattle Mariners uniform. It was taken when Ben recently paid a visit to the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum, where the uniform is on display. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA

Here is a photo of former major league baseball player and current Phillies announcer Ben Davis with his 2004 game-worn Seattle Mariners uniform. It was taken when Ben recently paid a visit to the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum, where the uniform is on display. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA

Mickey Vernon’s WW II Uniform

An addition to the Delaware County Sports scene, open free of charge to all residents, awaits you at the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case in their atrium. With this addition The Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are preparing for a December 12, 2015 opening for a permanent Sports Legends of Delaware County installation also to be held at the Radnor Township building. The Sports Legends of Delaware County exhibit promises to preserve the rich sports history of Delaware County by honoring those athletes that have earned national and international acclaim for their accomplishments. The Sports Rarity for December will be Mickey Vernon's World War II Uniform that he wore while serving in the Navy 1943 through 1945. This item will be on display Monday through Friday the entire month of December during the township's normal business hours. Mickey born in Marcus Hook he was a graduate of Eddystone High School was Delaware County's greatest baseball player making his major league debut in 1939 with the Washington Senators and ending his playing career in 1960 with the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Along the way he won two batting titles and appeared in seven all star games. For more information contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net or www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com

An addition to the Delaware County Sports scene, open free of charge to all residents, awaits you at the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case in their atrium. With this addition The Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are preparing for a December 12, 2015 opening for a permanent Sports Legends of Delaware County installation also to be held at the Radnor Township building. The Sports Legends of Delaware County exhibit promises to preserve the rich sports history of Delaware County by honoring those athletes that have earned national and international acclaim for their accomplishments.
The Sports Rarity for December will be Mickey Vernon’s World War II Uniform that he wore while serving in the Navy 1943 through 1945. This item will be on display Monday through Friday the entire month of December during the township’s normal business hours.
Mickey born in Marcus Hook he was a graduate of Eddystone High School was Delaware County’s greatest baseball player making his major league debut in 1939 with the Washington Senators and ending his playing career in 1960 with the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Along the way he won two batting titles and appeared in seven all star games. For more information contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net or www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com

This extraordinary portrait of Emlen Tunnel was completed by Radnor Township employee James Corcoran for the opening reception of The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum, held on December 12, 2015. Emlen, a 1942 graduate of Radnor High School, and a WW II Veteran was the first African American to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. The portrait will be on display in the Emlen Tunnell Gallery at the museum's home on the second floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building, located at 301 Iven Avenue.

This extraordinary portrait of Emlen Tunnel was completed by Radnor Township employee James Corcoran for the opening reception of The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum, held on December 12, 2015. Emlen, a 1942 graduate of Radnor High School, and a WW II Veteran was the first African American to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
The portrait will be on display in the Emlen Tunnell Gallery at the museum’s home on the second floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building, located at 301 Iven Avenue.

This extraordinary portrait of Lewis "Hack" Wilson is the work of Radnor Township employee James Corcoran. Hack lived in the Leiperville section of Delaware County from childhood through his formative years. He still holds the major league record for most RBIs in a single season, driving in 191 in 1930. He was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1979. This portrait will be on display in the Mickey Vernon Gallery of the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum on the first floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. For more information on this portrait or other aspects of Delaware County sports history, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

This extraordinary portrait of Lewis “Hack” Wilson is the work of Radnor Township employee James Corcoran. Hack lived in the Leiperville section of Delaware County from childhood through his formative years. He still holds the major league record for most RBIs in a single season, driving in 191 in 1930. He was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1979.
This portrait will be on display in the Mickey Vernon Gallery of the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum on the first floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. For more information on this portrait or other aspects of Delaware County sports history, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

This extraordinary portrait of Dawn Burrell is the work of Radnor Township employee James Corcoran. Dawn, a two-time Daily Times "Track Athlete of the Year", helped Penn Wood High School win the 1991 PIAA State Championship. She also competed in track at the University of Houston. In 2000, Dawn competed in the Olympics--held in Sydney, Australia that year. The portrait is on display in the Jane Barkman/Mary Ellen Clark Gallery at the museum's home on the first floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 for more information

This extraordinary portrait of Dawn Burrell is the work of Radnor Township employee James Corcoran. Dawn, a two-time Daily Times “Track Athlete of the Year”, helped Penn Wood High School win the 1991 PIAA State Championship. She also competed in track at the University of Houston. In 2000, Dawn competed in the Olympics–held in Sydney, Australia that year.
The portrait is on display in the Jane Barkman/Mary Ellen Clark Gallery at the museum’s home on the first floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 for more information

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 The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is hosting a symposium entitled Defining the Delaware County Athlete--A Geographic and Cultural Perspective. The symposium will present various opinions by those present on what criteria should be used for any particular geographic area to make the claim that a sports figure can rightfully be considered part of its domain. Currently, there are photographs of 130 sports personalities in the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. Certainly they were not all born in Delaware County. They did not all go to a Delaware County High School. They did not all spend the majority of their adult years living in Delaware County. So what exactly is it that defines a Delaware County sports personality? The answer to this question is what this symposium will attempt to deliver. The symposium will be held at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA on January 27, 2016 from 12:30 to 2 pm. It will be free and open to all interested parties. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or email vankoski21@comcast.net.


The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is hosting a symposium entitled Defining the Delaware County Athlete–A Geographic and Cultural Perspective. The symposium will present various opinions by those present on what criteria should be used for any particular geographic area to make the claim that a sports figure can rightfully be considered part of its domain.
Currently, there are photographs of 130 sports personalities in the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. Certainly they were not all born in Delaware County. They did not all go to a Delaware County High School. They did not all spend the majority of their adult years living in Delaware County. So what exactly is it that defines a Delaware County sports personality? The answer to this question is what this symposium will attempt to deliver.
The symposium will be held at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA on January 27, 2016 from 12:30 to 2 pm. It will be free and open to all interested parties. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or email vankoski21@comcast.net.

Bo Ryan 2007 Award for NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Coach of The Year

Bo Ryan 2007 Award for NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Coach of The Year Recently retired University of Wisconsin basketball coach and Chester native, Bo Ryan’s NCAA 2007 Division One Coach of the Year Adolph Rupp Cup is on display at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. The museum is located in the Radnor Township Municipal Building 301 Iven Avenue Radnor Pa. This Sports Rarity of the Month will be on display for visitors during the month of January 2016. Ryan, a 1965 graduate of Chester High School led the Badgers to a then school record 30 wins that season and the first # 1 ranking in school history. Ryan is the winningest coach in school history with 364 victories, and his 172-68 record [.717] in conference play is the best winning percentage in Big Ten history. Items from the museum’s collection can be viewed at www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com. If your club or organization is interested in hosting a hands-on presentation of any of these sports rarities at a meeting place of your choice contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at vankoski21@comcast.net

The John R Wooden Award for Player of the Year is given annually to the most outstanding college basketball player. For the 2003/2004 season, this award was given to Saint Joseph’s University’s Jameer Nelson. After leading Chester High School to the State Championship in 2000, Jameer led the hawks to a 27-0 regular season record and a number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the 2003/2004 season. He is currently in his twelfth NBA season. Jameer’s 2004 Wooden Award is now on display at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. This Sports Rarity will be on display for visitors during February 2016, compliments of the Saint Joseph’s University Athletic Department and it’s Director of Athletics, Dominick DiJulia. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, Pa. It is open from 9am to 3pm on Monday through Friday and on certain weekend days by appointment. For more information contact Jim Vankoski at vankoski21@comcast.net or call 610-909-4919

The John R Wooden Award for Player of the Year is given annually to the most outstanding college basketball player. For the 2003/2004 season, this award was given to Saint Joseph’s University’s Jameer Nelson. After leading Chester High School to the State Championship in 2000, Jameer led the hawks to a 27-0 regular season record and a number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the 2003/2004 season. He is currently in his twelfth NBA season. Jameer’s 2004 Wooden Award is now on display at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. This Sports Rarity will be on display for visitors during February 2016, compliments of the Saint Joseph’s University Athletic Department and it’s Director of Athletics, Dominick DiJulia. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, Pa. It is open from 9am to 3pm on Monday through Friday and on certain weekend days by appointment. For more information contact Jim Vankoski at vankoski21@comcast.net or call 610-909-4919

Fredia Gibbs

Fredia Gibbs

During the month of February, the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum will be highlighting the athletic achievements of four outstanding African-American women athletes. The four being honored are track stars Kia Davis and Dawn Burrell, Professional Bowler Sadie Dixon Waters and Cabrini College All-American Fredia Gibbs. You can find out more about these amazing women by visiting the museum, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor PA. Hours are 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. For information call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

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This extraordinary portrait of Dawn Burrell is the work of Radnor Township employee James Corcoran. Dawn, a two-time Daily Times "Track Athlete of the Year", helped Penn Wood High School win the 1991 PIAA State Championship. She also competed in track at the University of Houston. In 2000, Dawn competed in the Olympics--held in Sydney, Australia that year. The portrait is on display in the Jane Barkman/Mary Ellen Clark Gallery at the museum's home on the first floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 for more information

This extraordinary portrait of Dawn Burrell is the work of Radnor Township employee James Corcoran. Dawn, a two-time Daily Times “Track Athlete of the Year”, helped Penn Wood High School win the 1991 PIAA State Championship. She also competed in track at the University of Houston. In 2000, Dawn competed in the Olympics–held in Sydney, Australia that year.
The portrait is on display in the Jane Barkman/Mary Ellen Clark Gallery at the museum’s home on the first floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 for more information

 Richard Norris Williams lived much of his adult life in St. David's in Delaware County. He survived the sinking of the Titanic by jumping 40 feet into the frigid ocean. When rescued, he was found clinging to a water-logged raft where he had been in 20-degree water for six hours. When he returned home, he enrolled at Harvard University, where he captured both the Intercollegiate Singles and Doubles championships twice each. He also won the 1914 and 1916 US Open singles titles and the 1915 US Clay Court championship. In 1916-Williams' senior year-he was ranked number one in the nation. Williams captured a doubles title at Wimbledon, and two US Open doubles crowns in 1925 and 1926. He was a member and captain of five winning Davis Cup teams, teaming up with Bill Tilden to form an unbeatable duo. He was rated among the top ten players in the world seven times, twice in the top five. At the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, France, he captured the mixed doubles gold medal.

Richard Norris Williams lived much of his adult life in St. David’s in Delaware County. He survived the sinking of the Titanic by jumping 40 feet into the frigid ocean. When rescued, he was found clinging to a water-logged raft where he had been in 20-degree water for six hours. When he returned home, he enrolled at Harvard University, where he captured both the Intercollegiate Singles and Doubles championships twice each. He also won the 1914 and 1916 US Open singles titles and the 1915 US Clay Court championship. In 1916-Williams’ senior year-he was ranked number one in the nation.
Williams captured a doubles title at Wimbledon, and two US Open doubles crowns in 1925 and 1926. He was a member and captain of five winning Davis Cup teams, teaming up with Bill Tilden to form an unbeatable duo. He was rated among the top ten players in the world seven times, twice in the top five. At the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, France, he captured the mixed doubles gold medal.

On the heels of "Race", the movie that tells the story of Jesse Owens winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum is presenting a Sports Rarity of the Month that reflects Delaware County's involvement in that same Olympics. On display on the second floor Olympic Gallery, compliments of author Rich Pagano, is the blazer worn by Fred Luerhing during the Opening Ceremonies of that famous Olympic year. Mr. Luehring was Chairman of the Olympic Swimming Committee for the Games in Berlin. Previous to that, he was Secretary of that same committee for the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He has also been honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for having more years of service than any other United States physical education leader. Fred was a long time resident of Delaware County, having resided in Swarthmore for over fifty years. This sports rarity will be on display to visitors during the month of March, 2016. The museum, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor Township, is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com.

On the heels of “Race”, the movie that tells the story of Jesse Owens winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum is presenting a Sports Rarity of the Month that reflects Delaware County’s involvement in that same Olympics.
On display on the second floor Olympic Gallery, compliments of author Rich Pagano, is the blazer worn by Fred Luerhing during the Opening Ceremonies of that famous Olympic year. Mr. Luehring was Chairman of the Olympic Swimming Committee for the Games in Berlin. Previous to that, he was Secretary of that same committee for the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He has also been honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for having more years of service than any other United States physical education leader. Fred was a long time resident of Delaware County, having resided in Swarthmore for over fifty years.
This sports rarity will be on display to visitors during the month of March, 2016. The museum, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor Township, is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com.

March is Women's History Month, and there is plenty to celebrate at the Wide World of Women's Sports exhibit at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum. The museum's Jane Barkman/Mary Ellen Clark Gallery highlights the achievements of women in twenty-five different sports. Special emphasis is placed on women's lacrosse, with an entire display case dedicated to the sport in which over twenty Delaware County women have been honored by being inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The museum is at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 610-909-4919.

March is Women’s History Month, and there is plenty to celebrate at the Wide World of Women’s Sports exhibit at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum.
The museum’s Jane Barkman/Mary Ellen Clark Gallery highlights the achievements of women in twenty-five different sports. Special emphasis is placed on women’s lacrosse, with an entire display case dedicated to the sport in which over twenty Delaware County women have been honored by being inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The museum is at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 610-909-4919.

The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum salutes Joe Cirilli of the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame for his over seventy years of service to the Delaware County sports community. Joe passed April 3, 2016. Thanks for the memories Joe. You truly will be missed.

The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum salutes Joe Cirilli
of the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame for his over seventy years of service to the Delaware County sports community. Joe passed April 3, 2016. Thanks for the memories Joe. You truly will be missed.

The Sports Legends of Delaware County museum's Sports Rarity of the Month for April reflects Delaware County's participation in fifty years of NFL Super Bowl games. Compiled by Rich Pagano and displayed on the second floor of the Emlen Tunnell Gallery of the museum, is a 24"x36" framed poster entitled Fifty Years of Delco Super Bowl Legends. The poster, with its accompanying information, identifies Delaware County's sixteen Super Bowl participants, their high schools and colleges attended, their pro team and the Super Bowl played.

The Sports Legends of Delaware County museum’s Sports Rarity of the Month for April reflects Delaware County’s participation in fifty years of NFL Super Bowl games.
Compiled by Rich Pagano and displayed on the second floor of the Emlen Tunnell Gallery of the museum, is a 24″x36″ framed poster entitled Fifty Years of Delco Super Bowl Legends. The poster, with its accompanying information, identifies Delaware County’s sixteen Super Bowl participants, their high schools and colleges attended, their pro team and the Super Bowl played.

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Mickey Vernon and Hank Aaron

Mickey Vernon and Hank Aaron

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Gold Medal Winners

Two Gold Medal winning Olympians sharing time at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum's Grand Opening on May 7, 2016. Dr. Eddie Coyle and Jane Barkman. Truly something to brag about.

Two Gold Medal winning Olympians sharing time at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum’s Grand Opening on May 7, 2016. Dr. Eddie Coyle and Jane Barkman. Truly something to brag about.

Joe Crawford with his Golden Whistle Award

The Sports Rarity of the Month for May, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum will be Joe Crawford's 2014 Gold Whistle award, the most coveted award in the world of sports officiating. This international award is presented annually to a recipient selected by the National Association of Sports Officials to an individual considered to be of a high degree of integrity and ethics who has made significant contributions to the betterment of officiating. Joe was also chosen by the Daily Times Sports Department to be the 2015 Delco Sports Figure of the Year. During his illustrious career, which began in 1977, his reputation has earned for him the right to have officiated a record fifty NBA Finals games. His award can be seen in the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum, first floor showcase, at 301 Iven Road in Radnor, PA on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more museum information, visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.

The Sports Rarity of the Month for May, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum will be Joe Crawford’s 2014 Gold Whistle award, the most coveted award in the world of sports officiating. This international award is presented annually to a recipient selected by the National Association of Sports Officials to an individual considered to be of a high degree of integrity and ethics who has made significant contributions to the betterment of officiating.
Joe was also chosen by the Daily Times Sports Department to be the 2015 Delco Sports Figure of the Year. During his illustrious career, which began in 1977, his reputation has earned for him the right to have officiated a record fifty NBA Finals games.
His award can be seen in the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum, first floor showcase, at 301 Iven Road in Radnor, PA on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more museum information, visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.

The Sports Rarity of the Month for June, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum will be the Heisman football once owned by the late Joe Cirilli. Joe's sons, Vince and Mike Cirilli, have graciously placed the ball on loan to the museum so that visitors can view this unique item. The football was given to Joe by John Cappelletti (Heisman winner in 1973) and is signed by 23 Heisman trophy winners. John was able to gather the signatures at the 75th anniversary of the Heisman award ceremony held in 2009. Shown here is Joe receiving the ball from his nephew Nick Cirilli and Mike Iannacci at a Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame award dinner. The Heisman ball was given to Joe by John Cappelletti because of the respect he had for decades of significant contributions that Joe made to Delaware County's world of sports. Joe's legacy of sportsmanship and fair play will be remembered always by those that knew him. This Heisman football can be seen in the first floor showcase of the Mickey Vernon Gallery located in the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Road in Radnor, PA on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more museum information, visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.

The Sports Rarity of the Month for June, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum will be the Heisman football once owned by the late Joe Cirilli. Joe’s sons, Vince and Mike Cirilli, have graciously placed the ball on loan to the museum so that visitors can view this unique item.
The football was given to Joe by John Cappelletti (Heisman winner in 1973) and is signed by 23 Heisman trophy winners. John was able to gather the signatures at the 75th anniversary of the Heisman award ceremony held in 2009. Shown here is Joe receiving the ball from his nephew Nick Cirilli and Mike Iannacci at a Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame award dinner. The Heisman ball was given to Joe by John Cappelletti because of the respect he had for decades of significant contributions that Joe made to Delaware County’s world of sports. Joe’s legacy of sportsmanship and fair play will be remembered always by those that knew him.
This Heisman football can be seen in the first floor showcase of the Mickey Vernon Gallery located in the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Road in Radnor, PA on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more museum information, visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.

The Sports Rarity of the Month for July, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum will be a twelve-inch standing figure maquette in bronze, a replica of the Harry Kalas statue that was installed at Citizens Bank Park in 2011. The sculptor, Lawrence Nowlan, who passed on July 30, 2013, was a 1983 graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School. A lifelong athlete and sports fan himself, he led the effort to memorialize Kalas, the longtime Phillies broadcaster. The reproduction is on loan from the Shane Victorino Foundation. Shane, a big fan of Harry, hung Kalas' signature baby-blue blazer and white loafers in the dugout during every game after his demise. This statue can be seen in the first-floor showcase of the Mickey Vernon Gallery of the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Road in Radnor, PA every Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Harry often said that Mickey was his baseball hero as a kid and remained so when he became an adult.

The Sports Rarity of the Month for July, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum will be a twelve-inch standing figure maquette in bronze, a replica of the Harry Kalas statue that was installed at Citizens Bank Park in 2011. The sculptor, Lawrence Nowlan, who passed on July 30, 2013, was a 1983 graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School. A lifelong athlete and sports fan himself, he led the effort to memorialize Kalas, the longtime Phillies broadcaster.
The reproduction is on loan from the Shane Victorino Foundation. Shane, a big fan of Harry, hung Kalas’ signature baby-blue blazer and white loafers in the dugout during every game after his demise.
This statue can be seen in the first-floor showcase of the Mickey Vernon Gallery of the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Road in Radnor, PA every Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Harry often said that Mickey was his baseball hero as a kid and remained so when he became an adult.

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Jane Barkman Olympic Memorabilia

A recent addition to the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is Olympic memorabilia of two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Jane Barkman from 1968 and 1972 . In 1968, Jane postponed the beginning of her senior year at Radnor High School so that she could compete in the Olympic Games in Mexico City. At those games, she won a gold and bronze medal. Four years later, Jane returned for the 1972 Olympics, held in Munich, Germany. On display is her favorite Stars and Stripes suit from those 1972 games, where she again captured a Gold Medal. Now, through Jane's generosity, we are now able to view her striped suit as well as the parade uniform dress that she wore during those 1968 games. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor PA. It is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. For more information, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

A recent addition to the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is Olympic memorabilia of two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Jane Barkman from 1968 and 1972 .
In 1968, Jane postponed the beginning of her senior year at Radnor High School so that she could compete in the Olympic Games in Mexico City. At those games, she won a gold and bronze medal. Four years later, Jane returned for the 1972 Olympics, held in Munich, Germany. On display is her favorite Stars and Stripes suit from those 1972 games, where she again captured a Gold Medal.
Now, through Jane’s generosity, we are now able to view her striped suit as well as the parade uniform dress that she wore during those 1968 games. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor PA. It is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. For more information, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

Emlen Tunnell Football Hall of Famer & WWII Hero

 The Sports Rarity of the Month for August, 2016 of the Sports Legends of Delaware County (SLDC) museum will be the silver life saving medal given to US Coast Guard Steward's Mate First Class Emlen Tunnell. This medal is given by the Coast Guard to individuals that put their own life in danger to save another. According to Rear Admiral Joseph Castillo, Tunnell was twice cited for exceptional acts of heroism during his service. In 1944, while aboard the USS Etamin, a Japanese torpedo blew a hole in the side of the ship. Tunnell came to the aid of shipmate Fred Shaver, who was on fire. Tunnell carried him to safety, sustaining burns of his own in the process. He saved the life of another man in 1946, when shipmate Alfred Givens fell overboard into 32-degree water and nearly drowned. Tunnell jumped into the water to his rescue. The medal is on loan from David Lyons via Emlen's late sister Vivian Robinson and her daughter, Catherine Robinson, of Radnor. It, along with many other medals and awards bestowed on Emlen, was given to the Tunnell family as he was posthumously honored by the Coast Guard when the gym at Coast Guard Island, Alameda,California was dedicated to him in 2011. The dedication of the gym is appropriate, since Tunnell, in addition to his meritorious military service, is also a member of the Pro- Football Hall of Fame! The medal, along with other medals and awards given to Tunnell, can be seen in a first-floor showcase of the All-Star Atrium of the SLDC museum at 301 Iven Road in Radnor PA every Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

The Sports Rarity of the Month for August, 2016 of the Sports Legends of Delaware County (SLDC) museum will be the silver life saving medal given to US Coast Guard Steward’s Mate First Class Emlen Tunnell. This medal is given by the Coast Guard to individuals that put their own life in danger to save another.
According to Rear Admiral Joseph Castillo, Tunnell was twice cited for exceptional acts of heroism during his service. In 1944, while aboard the USS Etamin, a Japanese torpedo blew a hole in the side of the ship. Tunnell came to the aid of shipmate Fred Shaver, who was on fire. Tunnell carried him to safety, sustaining burns of his own in the process. He saved the life of another man in 1946, when shipmate Alfred Givens fell overboard into 32-degree water and nearly drowned. Tunnell jumped into the water to his rescue.
The medal is on loan from David Lyons via Emlen’s late sister Vivian Robinson and her daughter, Catherine Robinson, of Radnor. It, along with many other medals and awards bestowed on Emlen, was given to the Tunnell family as he was posthumously honored by the Coast Guard when the gym at Coast Guard Island, Alameda,California was dedicated to him in 2011. The dedication of the gym is appropriate, since Tunnell, in addition to his meritorious military service, is also a member of the Pro- Football Hall of Fame!
The medal, along with other medals and awards given to Tunnell, can be seen in a first-floor showcase of the All-Star Atrium of the SLDC museum at 301 Iven Road in Radnor PA every Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

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Bobblehead Exhibit

The Sports Legends of Delaware County museum and its Mickey Vernon Gallery are joining forces to present an exhibit that will feature one of the largest public displays of bobblehead figurines ever assembled in Delaware County. In order to bring about this presentation, the museum curators are asking for your help. If you happen to have an old bobblehead figurine hanging around your house collecting dust, you can donate it and we will display it in our upcoming exhibit, to be held this August and September. For your generosity, you will receive a coupon good for a chance to have your own bobblehead made to your very own specifications, compliments of Choice Marketing. To kick-start this event, more than a dozen bobblehead figurines that have been donated in memory of former collector Frank Upton will soon be on display at the Golden Impulse jewelry store at 25 West State Street in Media, PA. Bring your donated figurine to the store or to the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA during the months of June or July any Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm and receive your chance to win a personal bobblehead figurine for supporting this event. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

The Sports Legends of Delaware County museum and its Mickey Vernon Gallery are joining forces to present an exhibit that will feature one of the largest public displays of bobblehead figurines ever assembled in Delaware County.
In order to bring about this presentation, the museum curators are asking for your help. If you happen to have an old bobblehead figurine hanging around your house collecting dust, you can donate it and we will display it in our upcoming exhibit, to be held this August and September. For your generosity, you will receive a coupon good for a chance to have your own bobblehead made to your very own specifications, compliments of Choice Marketing.
To kick-start this event, more than a dozen bobblehead figurines that have been donated in memory of former collector Frank Upton will soon be on display at the Golden Impulse jewelry store at 25 West State Street in Media, PA. Bring your donated figurine to the store or to the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA during the months of June or July any Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm and receive your chance to win a personal bobblehead figurine for supporting this event.
For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

You Are There: Danny Murtaugh History making Moments

Remember when Walter Cronkite would place you in a figurative time warp as the host of the old TV show You Are There? Well, keynote speaker Bruce Markusen, a noted author and currently the manager of Digital and Outreach Learning at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, will do the same as he sets the stage for three of Danny Murtaugh's history-making moments at a dinner celebration to be held in the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum. The museum is inviting you to help us celebrate those three moments. The first moment occurred on October 13,1960, when Danny managed the Pittsburgh Pirates to an upset victory over the New York Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh game walk-off home run. The second history-making moment occurred on September 1, 1971, when Danny became the first major league manager to pencil-in the first all-minority lineup--24 years after Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier. The third moment occurred on October 17,1971, when the Pirates--again managed by Danny--defeated the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles--also in a series lasting seven games. The dinner celebration will take place on October 8, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. The cost of an individual ticket is one hundred dollars. Bruce Markusen's book, The Team that Changed Baseball:Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pirates, will be one of the special complimentary gifts offered to those that purchase a ticket. For more information, visit the museum's website www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com or contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919, vankoski21@comcast.net.or Phil Damiani 610-565-0476

Remember when Walter Cronkite would place you in a figurative time warp as the host of the old TV show You Are There? Well, keynote speaker Bruce Markusen, a noted author and currently the manager of Digital and Outreach Learning at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, will do the same as he sets the stage for three of Danny Murtaugh’s history-making moments at a dinner celebration to be held in the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum.
The museum is inviting you to help us celebrate those three moments.
The first moment occurred on October 13,1960, when Danny managed the Pittsburgh Pirates to an upset victory over the New York Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh game walk-off home run.
The second history-making moment occurred on September 1, 1971, when Danny became the first major league manager to pencil-in the first all-minority lineup–24 years after Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier.
The third moment occurred on October 17,1971, when the Pirates–again managed by Danny–defeated the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles–also in a series lasting seven games.
The dinner celebration will take place on October 8, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. The cost of an individual ticket is one hundred dollars. Bruce Markusen’s book, The Team that Changed Baseball:Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pirates, will be one of the special complimentary gifts offered to those that purchase a ticket.
For more information, visit the museum’s website www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com or contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919, vankoski21@comcast.net.or Phil Damiani 610-565-0476

Danny Murtaugh Making History

Tickets are now available for the Danny Murtaugh History-Making Gala to be held on October 8, 2016 at the Radnor Township Municipal Building home on the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum located at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa. Visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com or call Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 or Phil Damiani 610-565-0476

Tickets are now available for the Danny Murtaugh History-Making Gala to be held on October 8, 2016 at the Radnor Township Municipal Building home on the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum located at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa. Visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com or call Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 or Phil Damiani 610-565-0476

Tickets to Danny Murtaugh’s History Making Moments Gala

 Tickets are now available for the Danny Murtaugh's History-Making Moments celebration to be held on October 8, 2016. A Rawlings Official Major League Baseball, autographed by Bobby Shantz and inscribed 1952 MVP, will be given to the first twenty-five purchasers of tickets to this event. Bobby played an integral part in the deciding seventh game of the 1960 World Series while pitching for the New York Yankees--a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic game-winning home run that enabled the Murtaugh-managed team to become World Champions. Through Bobby's respect and admiration for Danny and Mickey Vernon, he graciously agreed to place his signature on the balls. Bobby is the oldest living MVP, and having his signature on an Official MLB ball would enhance the value of any collection. Visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com for more information, or call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or Phil Damiani at 610-565-0476.

Tickets are now available for the Danny Murtaugh’s History-Making Moments celebration to be held on October 8, 2016. A Rawlings Official Major League Baseball, autographed by Bobby Shantz and inscribed 1952 MVP, will be given to the first twenty-five purchasers of tickets to this event.
Bobby played an integral part in the deciding seventh game of the 1960 World Series while pitching for the New York Yankees–a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic game-winning home run that enabled the Murtaugh-managed team to become World Champions. Through Bobby’s respect and admiration for Danny and Mickey Vernon, he graciously agreed to place his signature on the balls. Bobby is the oldest living MVP, and having his signature on an Official MLB ball would enhance the value of any collection.
Visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com for more information, or call Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or Phil Damiani at 610-565-0476.

Baseball History is Made

Tim Murtaugh [left], grandson of Danny Murtaugh, is shown here presenting to Jim Vankoski, curator of the Sports Legends of Delaware County (SDLC) museum, the jersey that his grandfather wore when the Pittsburgh Pirates, then managed by Danny, defeated the New York Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh-game walk-off home run. The public will have it's first chance to see the jersey on Saturday, September 3rd, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Mickey Vernon Gallery on the first floor of the SLDC museum. After that the jersey can be viewed during museum regular hours each Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. On the same subject, a Danny Murtaugh Making History Gala will take place on October 8, 2016. For ticket information, contact Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 or visit the museum's website at www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.

Tim Murtaugh [left], grandson of Danny Murtaugh, is shown here presenting to Jim Vankoski, curator of the Sports Legends of Delaware County (SDLC) museum, the jersey that his grandfather wore when the Pittsburgh Pirates, then managed by Danny, defeated the New York Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh-game walk-off home run.
The public will have it’s first chance to see the jersey on Saturday, September 3rd, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Mickey Vernon Gallery on the first floor of the SLDC museum. After that the jersey can be viewed during museum regular hours each Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA.
On the same subject, a Danny Murtaugh Making History Gala will take place on October 8, 2016. For ticket information, contact Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 or visit the museum’s website at www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.


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Danny Murtaugh Making History Celebration

Danny Murtaugh's historic number 40 jersey, shown in the photo below and last seen at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, will be on display during this event. Sponsorship Information The Sports Legends of Delaware County museum is inviting you to help us celebrate three history-making moments in the career of one of Delaware County's favorite sons--Danny Murtaugh. The first moment occurred on October 13,1960, when Danny managed the Pittsburgh Pirates to an upset victory over the New York Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh-game walk-off home run. The second history-making moment occurred on September 1, 1971, when Danny became the first major league manager to pencil-in the first all minority line-up--24 years after Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier. The third moment occurred on October 17,1971, when the Pirates--again managed by Danny--defeated the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles--also in a series lasting seven games. The celebration will take place on October 8, 2016 at the SLDC museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor PA 19087. Attendance will be limited to no more than 130 and is expected to last from 6 pm to 9 pm. We are looking for ten sponsors to make this a very special evening. Your sponsorship of $1,000 will entitle you to a pre-banquet reception in our hospitality suite as well as recognition of you or your company in our banquet program. The reception will be hosted by the board of directors of the SLDC museum, with a special guest giving a personal insight into the careers of two Delaware County athletes that participated in what could truly be called one of the most historic moments in baseball history. Your sponsorship will also entitle you and nine additional friends, family or colleagues to our regular program, which includes dinner, entertainment, and video presentations as well as what perhaps will be the highlight of the evening: A talk by Bruce Markusen, the author of a book on one of the most important teams in the history of sports--the 1971 Pirates. Mr. Markusen currently is the manager of Digital and Outreach Learning at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Thank you for considering this request. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net. Jim Vankoski,PresidentSLDC Inc. (A 501c3 organization)

Danny Murtaugh’s historic number 40 jersey, shown in the photo below and last seen at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, will be on display during this event. Sponsorship Information
The Sports Legends of Delaware County museum is inviting you to help us celebrate three history-making moments in the career of one of Delaware County’s favorite sons–Danny Murtaugh.
The first moment occurred on October 13,1960, when Danny managed the Pittsburgh Pirates to an upset victory over the New York Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh-game walk-off home run.
The second history-making moment occurred on September 1, 1971, when Danny became the first major league manager to pencil-in the first all minority line-up–24 years after Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier.
The third moment occurred on October 17,1971, when the Pirates–again managed by Danny–defeated the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles–also in a series lasting seven games.
The celebration will take place on October 8, 2016 at the SLDC museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor PA 19087. Attendance will be limited to no more than 130 and is expected to last from 6 pm to 9 pm. We are looking for ten sponsors to make this a very special evening. Your sponsorship of $1,000 will entitle you to a pre-banquet reception in our hospitality suite as well as recognition of you or your company in our banquet program. The reception will be hosted by the board of directors of the SLDC museum, with a special guest giving a personal insight into the careers of two Delaware County athletes that participated in what could truly be called one of the most historic moments in baseball history.
Your sponsorship will also entitle you and nine additional friends, family or colleagues to our regular program, which includes dinner, entertainment, and video presentations as well as what perhaps will be the highlight of the evening: A talk by Bruce Markusen, the author of a book on one of the most important teams in the history of sports–the 1971 Pirates. Mr. Markusen currently is the manager of Digital and Outreach Learning at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Thank you for considering this request. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.
Jim Vankoski,PresidentSLDC Inc. (A 501c3 organization)

 This Danny Murtaugh plaque is part of the Danny Murtaugh-Making Memories exhibit now available for viewing at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne PA. The plaque is a creation of Zenos Frudakis, a world-renowned sculptor. Laran Bronze of Chester, PA. is the foundry credited with the finished product as seen below. The museum is open each Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. For more information, log onto www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.

This Danny Murtaugh plaque is part of the Danny Murtaugh-Making Memories exhibit now available for viewing at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne PA.
The plaque is a creation of Zenos Frudakis, a world-renowned sculptor. Laran Bronze of Chester, PA. is the foundry credited with the finished product as seen below.
The museum is open each Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. For more information, log onto www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.

SLDC Book Signing and Memorabilia Sale

Authors Rich Westcott, Rich Pagano, Jack Lemon and Bob McLaughlin to Have Book Signing at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. Springfield resident and noted author Rich Westcott is easily the most prolific author that Delaware County has ever produced. During the past fifty years, he has served on the staff of various newspapers and magazines and has written twenty-five books. Rich has appeared frequently on radio and television shows and has made speaking appearances at numerous sites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame.Rich will be appearing Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum in the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. He’ll be there from 11 am to 2 pm to discuss and sign his most recent book, The Champions of Philadelphia, The Greatest Eagles, Phillies, Sixers and Flyers Teams.In addition to Rich, other authors of books on local sports notables will be there: -Rich Pagano, author of the very popular book, Delaware County Sports Legends will be there with his book on boxing’s Baron Dougherty, “The Baron of Leiperville”. -Jack Lemon will also be there to sign his book on Ted Meredith. Meredith, who attended Media High School and Williamson Trade School, was Delaware County’s first Olympic Gold Medal winner, winning two of them in the 1912 games. -Rounding out the lineup of attendees will be St. James High graduate Bob McLaughlin. His book tells the story of the close life-long friendship of baseball’s Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon who led the Pirates to the 1960 World Series championship. He’ll be there with his new book, Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon Ordinary Heroes. Their books, as well an array of Sports Memorabilia will be available for those early holiday shoppers looking for that ideal gift for the fan of local sports.

Authors Rich Westcott, Rich Pagano, Jack Lemon and Bob McLaughlin to Have Book Signing at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum.
Springfield resident and noted author Rich Westcott is easily the most prolific author that Delaware County has ever produced. During the past fifty years, he has served on the staff of various newspapers and magazines and has written twenty-five books. Rich has appeared frequently on radio and television shows and has made speaking appearances at numerous sites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame.Rich will be appearing Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum in the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. He’ll be there from 11 am to 2 pm to discuss and sign his most recent book, The Champions of Philadelphia, The Greatest Eagles, Phillies, Sixers and Flyers Teams.In addition to Rich, other authors of books on local sports notables will be there: -Rich Pagano, author of the very popular book, Delaware County Sports Legends will be there with his book on boxing’s Baron Dougherty, “The Baron of Leiperville”. -Jack Lemon will also be there to sign his book on Ted Meredith. Meredith, who attended Media High School and Williamson Trade School, was Delaware County’s first Olympic Gold Medal winner, winning two of them in the 1912 games. -Rounding out the lineup of attendees will be St. James High graduate Bob McLaughlin. His book tells the story of the close life-long friendship of baseball’s Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon who led the Pirates to the 1960 World Series championship. He’ll be there with his new book, Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon Ordinary Heroes. Their books, as well an array of Sports Memorabilia will be available for those early holiday shoppers looking for that ideal gift for the fan of local sports.

 Welcome to a first look at our Sports Legends of Delaware County Inc. museum logo. The logo was carefully designed by Dan Falone of Choice Marketing to include a variety of symbols that indicate Delaware County's place in the sports world. Here is the story of these symbols: The Initials SLDC are the most prominent feature. They stand for Sports Legends of Delaware County, reminding us that our mission is to acknowledge excellence, preserving the heritage of our local sports history by recognizing and rewarding such excellence. Across the top of the shield are 49 stars that represent the 49 political units that make up Delaware County. The top star represents Radnor Township, acknowledging the township's foresight in providing the space for the museum. At the bottom of the shield is an outline map of Delaware County, with a single star representing the Radnor Township location of the museum. The shield itself represents the Olympic Shield that was displayed on the uniform worn in the 1912 Olympics-- significant to Delaware County because it was during these games that Ted Meredith received the first Olympic Gold Medal ever won by a Delaware County athlete. Finally, the red, white and blue colors symbolize the patriotism of many of the athletes honored. Many of the honored athletes served in our armed forces. The military service of Delaware County athletes dates well before the Olympics--as far back as the Civil War. Trading one uniform for another, many other athletes also served during WWI, WWII, and the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Conflicts. Jim Vankoski, curator

Welcome to a first look at our Sports Legends of Delaware County Inc. museum logo. The logo was carefully designed by Dan Falone of Choice Marketing to include a variety of symbols that indicate Delaware County’s place in the sports world. Here is the story of these symbols:
The Initials SLDC are the most prominent feature. They stand for Sports Legends of Delaware County, reminding us that our mission is to acknowledge excellence, preserving the heritage of our local sports history by recognizing and rewarding such excellence.
Across the top of the shield are 49 stars that represent the 49 political units that make up Delaware County. The top star represents Radnor Township, acknowledging the township’s foresight in providing the space for the museum.
At the bottom of the shield is an outline map of Delaware County, with a single star representing the Radnor Township location of the museum. The shield itself represents the Olympic Shield that was displayed on the uniform worn in the 1912 Olympics– significant to Delaware County because it was during these games that Ted Meredith received the first Olympic Gold Medal ever won by a Delaware County athlete.
Finally, the red, white and blue colors symbolize the patriotism of many of the athletes honored. Many of the honored athletes served in our armed forces. The military service of Delaware County athletes dates well before the Olympics–as far back as the Civil War. Trading one uniform for another, many other athletes also served during WWI, WWII, and the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Conflicts.
Jim Vankoski, curator

2017 Card Set

 A first look at the Sports Legends of Delaware County 2017 Card Set will be unveiled on December 10th from from 11am to 2pm at the SLDC museum, located at 301 Iven Ave. in Wayne, PA. The 50-card set showcases county athletes in 15 different sports, as well as numerous coaches and officials that have received national recognition by their involvement in NBA and NCAA championship games and meets; Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series games; and the NFL Super Bowls. The first 25 people in attendance will be able to select 10 complimentary cards from the set to add to their sport card collection. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919

A first look at the Sports Legends of Delaware County 2017 Card Set will be unveiled on December 10th from from 11am to 2pm at the SLDC museum, located at 301 Iven Ave. in Wayne, PA.
The 50-card set showcases county athletes in 15 different sports, as well as numerous coaches and officials that have received national recognition by their involvement in NBA and NCAA championship games and meets; Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series games; and the NFL Super Bowls. The first 25 people in attendance will be able to select 10 complimentary cards from the set to add to their sport card collection.
For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919

SPORTS LEGENDS OF DELAWARE COUNTY MUSEUM DECEMBER 2017 610-909-4919

Delco Football Players Who Played in the Pros

Compiled by Rich Pagano

Archbishop Carroll

1. Maurice Stovall -WR – Notre Dame- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006-2010) – 7 seasons – 81 games

Detroit Lions (2011)

Jacksonville Jaguars (2012)

2. Brandon Moore –OL – Duke – New England Patriots (1993-1995) – 3 seasons – 26 games

3. Burt Grossman – DL – Pitt – San Diego Chargers (1989-1993) – 6 seasons – 85 games

Philadelphia Eagles (1994)

Cardinal O’Hara

1. Gerry Feehery – C – Syracuse – Philadelphia Eagles (1983-1987) – 6 seasons – 47 games

Kansas City Chiefs (1988)

2. Don Clune – WR – Penn – New York Giants (1974- 1975) – 3 seasons – 28 games

Seattle Seahawks (1976)

3. Kevin Jones – RB – Virginia Tech – Detroit Lions (2004-2007) – 5 seasons – 64 games

Chicago Bears (2008)

4. Tom Savage – QB –Rutgers – Houston Texans (2014) – 1 season – 2 games

5. Corey Brown – WR –Ohio State – Carolina Panthers (2014) – 1 season – 13 games

Chester

1. Bill Cottrell – OL – Delaware Valley – Detroit Lions (1967-1970) – 5 seasons – 63 games

Denver broncos (1972)

2. Ted Cottrell – LB – Delaware Valley – Atlanta Falcons (1969-1970) – 2 seasons – 24 games

3. Will Hunter – DB – Syracuse – Minnesota Vikings (2005-2006) – 2 seasons – 23 games

Chichester

1. Billy “White Shoes” Johnson – WR – Widener – Houston Oilers (1974-1980) -14 seasons – 143 GP

Atlanta Falcons (1982-1987)

Washington Redskins (1988)

2. Dennis Borcky – DL – Memphis – New York Giants (1987) – 1 season – 2 games

3. John Mobley – LB – Kutztown – Denver Broncos (1996-2003) – 8 seasons – 105 games

Clifton Heights

1. Mike Phillips – OL – Western Maryland – Baltimore Colts (1947) – 1 season – 12 games

2. Dan Morgan – LB – Miami – Carolina Panthers (2001-2007) – 7 seasons – 59 games

Darby Township

1. Chris Arnold – WR – Virginia State – Oakland Raiders (1974) – 1 season – no games

Eddystone

1. Ed Walsh – OT – PMC – New York Titans (1961) – 1 season – 6 games

Glen Mills

1. Ralph Jarvis – DL – Temple – Indianapolis Colts (1990) – 1 season – 8 games

2. John Jones – TE – Indiana of Pa. – Baltimore Ravens (2000-2003) – 4 seasons – 49 games

3. Bernard Pierce – RB – Baltimore Ravens (2012-2014) – 4 seasons – 48 games

Jacksonville Jaguars (2005)

Haverford High

1. Sam Venuto – HB – Guilford – Washington Redskins (1952) – 1 season – 3 games

2. Steve Joachim – QB – Temple – New York Jets (1976) – 1 season – 1 game

3. Randy Grossman – TE – Temple – Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1981) – 8 seasons – 118 games

4. Todd Feldman – WR – Kent State – Miami Dolphins (1987) – 1 season – 1 game

Haverford School

1. Mike Mayock – DB – Boston College – New York Giants (1982-1983) – 2 seasons – 9 games

2. Will Barker – OT – Virginia – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010) – 2 seasons – 3 games

Interboro

1. Vince Papale – WR – St. Joe’s – Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1978) – 3 seasons – 41 games

Lansdowne

1. Ned Wilcox – RB – Swarthmore – Frankford Yellowjackets (1926-1927) – 2 seasons – 26 games

Marple Newtown

1. Karl Chandler OL – Princeton – New York Giants (1974-1977) – 6 seasons – 66 games

Detroit Lions (1978-1979)

2. George Schmitt – DB – Delaware – St. Louis Cardinals (1983) – 1 season – 16 games

3. Bill Maas – DL – Pittsburgh – Kansas City Chiefs (1984-1992) – 10 seasons – 130 games

Green bay Packers (1993)

Mitchell School

1. Jim Culbreath – FB – Oklahoma – Green Bay Packers (1977-1979) – 4 seasons – 41 games

Philadelphia Eagles (1980)

New York Giants (1980)

Monsignor Bonner

1. Al Atkinson – LB – Villanova – New York Jets (1965-1974) – 10 seasons – 120 games

2. John Cappelletti – RB – Penn State – Los Angeles (1974-1978) – 9 seasons – 105 games

San Diego Chargers (1980-1983)

3. Anthony Becht – TE – West Virginia – New York Jets (2000-2004) – 12 seasons – 167 games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-2007)

St. Louis Rams (2008)

Arizona Cardinals (2009)

Kansas City Chiefs (2011)

4. Sean McHugh – TE – Penn State – Green Bay Packers (2004) – 6 seasons – 40 games

Detroit Lions (2005-2007)

Pittsburgh Steelers (2008)

PMC Prep

1. Jack Klotz – OT – PMC – New York Titans (1960-1962) – 5 seasons – 41 games

New York Jets (1963)

Houston Oilers (1964)

Radnor

1.Rae Crowther – TE – Colgate – Frankford Yellowjackets (1925-1926) – 2 seasons – 33 games

2. Saville Crowther – OL – Colgate – Frankford Yellowjackets (1925) – 1 season – 2 games

3. Emlen Tunnell – DB – Toledo & Iowa – New York Giants (1948-1958) – 14 seasons – 167 games

Green bay Packers (1959-1961)

4. Ted Dean – RB – Wichita State – Philadelphia Eagles (1960-1963) – 5 seasons – 44 games

Minnesota Vikings (1964)

5. Willie Sydnor – WR – Syracuse – Pittsburgh Steelers (1982) – 1 season – 7 games

6. Brian Hennesey- RB – Bucknell – St. Louis cardinals (1994) – 1 season – 3 games

Ridley

1. Matt Blundin – QB – Virginia – Kansas City Chiefs (1993-1994) – 3 seasons – 3 games

Detroit Lions (1995)

2. Bob Kuberski – DT – Navy – Green Bay Packers (1995-1999) – 5 seasons – 42 games

3. Joe Valerio – OL – Penn – Kansas City Chiefs (1991-1995) – 6 seasons – 62 games

St. Louis Cardinals (1996)

Ridley Park

1. John Dempsey – OL – Bucknell – Philadelphia Eagles (1934) – 2 seasons – 4 games

Pittsburgh Pirates (1934)

Philadelphia Eagles (1937)

2. Frank Quillen – TE – Penn – Chicago Rockets (1946-47) – 2 seasons – 20 games

Springfield

1. Mike Siano – WR – Syracuse – Philadelphia Eagles (1987) – 1 season – 3 games

St. James

1. Lou Ferry – OT – Villanova – Green Bay Packers (1949) – 6 seasons – 71 games

Chicago Cardinals (1951)

Pittsburgh Steelers (1952-1955)

2. Dick Christy – RB – North Carolina State – Pittsburgh Steelers (1958) – 5 seasons – 51 games

Boston Patriots (1960)

New York Titans (1961-1962)

New York Jets (1963)

3. Andy Nacrelli – E – Fordham – Philadelphia Eagles (1958) – 1 season – 2 games

4. Frank Gallagher – OG – North Carolina – Detroit Lions (1967-1972) – 7 seasons – 90 games

Atlanta Falcons (1973)

Minnesota Vikings (1973)

5. Joe Klecko – DL – Temple – New York Jets (1977-1987) – 12 seasons – 155 games

Indianapolis Colts (1988)

Strath Haven

1. Lamar Campbell – DB – Wisconsin – Detroit Lions (1998-2002) – 5 seasons – 64 games

2. Isaac Jones – WR – Purdue – Indianapolis Colts (1999-2000) – 2 seasons – 2 games

3. Mark Jones – WR – Tennessee – New York Giants (2004) – 6 seasons – 62 games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-2007)

Carolina Panthers (2008)

Tennessee Titans (2009)

4. Dan Connor – LB – Penn State – Carolina Panthers (2008-2011) – 6 seasons – 52 games

Dallas Cowboys (2012)

New York Giants (2013)

Carolina Panthers (2013)

5. Steve Johnson – LB – Kansas – Denver Broncos (2012-2014) – 4 seasons – 44 games

Tennessee Titans (2015)

Swarthmore

1. Jim Lukens – TE – Washington & Lee – Buffalo Bills (1949) – 1 season – 11 games

2. Carl Gersbach – LB – West Chester State – Philadelphia Eagles (1970) – 7 seasons – 76 games

Minnesota Vikings (1971-1972)

San Diego Chargers (1973-1974)

Chicago Bears (1975)

St. Louis Cardinals (1976)

Upper Darby

1. Charlie Gauer – RB – Colgate – Phil-Pitt (1943) – 3 seasons – 23 games

Philadelphia Eagles (1944-1945)

2. Rich Mostardi – DB – Kent State – Cleveland Browns (1960) – 3 seasons – 26 games

Minnesota Vikings (1961)

Oakland Raiders (1962)

3.Tony DiMidio – OL – West Chester State – Kansas City Chiefs (1966-1967) – 2 seasons – 26 games

4. Todd Rucci – OL – Penn State – New England Patriots (1993-2000) – 8 seasons – 85 games

5. Floyd Wedderburn – OL – Penn State – Seattle Seahawks (1999-2002) – 4 seasons – 46 games

Yeadon

1. John Rauch – QB – Georgia – New York Yanks (1949-1950) – 3 seasons – 27 games

Philadelphia eagles (1951)

Dallas was truly a friend of Mickey Vernon and will be a big loss to our museum. Dallas you will be missed.

Barbara and Jim Vankoski at the SLDC museum with Dallas Green.

March Madness

Basketball is being highlighted at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum during the month of March. An exhibit assembled by museum curators, with professional hanging and installation by Glyn Daugh-Wood, features memorabilia from five iconic Delco coaches that have taken their respective teams to NCAA tournament play. Included are items from the coaching careers of Fran Dumphy, Phil Martelli, Jack McKinney, Jack Ramsay, and Bo Ryan. In the case of Jack Ramsay and Jack McKinney NBA Championships are a part of their resume.
The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA. It is open on Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm and on Saturdays 11am to 2pm. For more information, call 610-909-4919

Baseball Has Quite a Heritage in Delaware County

Danny Murtaugh’s Favorite Windbreaker on Display

Danny Murtaugh, a 1935 graduate of Chester High School, played nine years of Major League Baseball, losing two playing seasons to WW II. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates for fifteen years–a span that included 1,115 wins, with World Series victories over the Yankees in 1960 and the Orioles in 1971. He was named manager of the year three times–1958,1960, and 1971.
One of his favorite articles of clothing throughout his managerial career was a black windbreaker. On display at the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum for the entire month of August will be the windbreaker worn by Danny during the 1964 season. The museum, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA.19087 is open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday and 11am to 1:30pm on Saturday.
This piece of memorabilia comes through the compliments of Danny’s nephew Patrick Newlin.
For more information visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecouty.com

Bill Giles to attend SLDC Museum Luncheon

In a photograph taken at the time, former National League President Warren Giles is shown presenting to 1967 National league batting champion Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates the silver bat emblematic of that achievement. The National League Championship Trophy is now named in honor of the late Mr. Giles.
At the conclusion of this year’s Sports Legends of Delaware County Cavalcade of Stars Luncheon, Bill Giles, son of Warren Giles and the former owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, will replicate his father’s presentation by presenting that very same silver bat to its current owner, Steve Burman. Steve will then present the bat to SLDC Museum officials, who will place the bat on display in the Mickey Vernon Gallery. Mickey himself was a silver bat winner in 1953.
Roberto has a special place in baseball history and his connection with Delaware County’s own Danny Murtaugh is something we are anxious to celebrate. He was a part of Danny’s three history-making moments: The first was when Danny’s Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series; the second was when Roberto was the starting right-fielder in a game in which Danny fielded baseball’s first all-minority lineup on September 1, 1971; and the third was when Roberto was named MVP of the 1971 World Series, when the Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles.
This special Cavalcade of Stars luncheon will take place on Saturday, September 16th, from 11am to 1pm at the SLDC museum, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA 19087. For ticket information, log onto www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com or contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919

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