Noted Author Rich Westcott to Have Book Signing at the Mickey Vernon Sports Museum- Saturday August 9th. 2014,10am to 12 noon.
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 newspapers and magazines and has written twenty-four 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, August 9, in the Granite Run Mall at the Mickey Vernon Sports Museum, located on the second floor near Boscov’s, from 10 am to 12 noon. He’ll be there to discuss and sign his most recent book, “GREAT STUFF Baseball’s Most Amazing Pitching Feats.” This is the 24th book that he has written. One of the pitchers in the book, Steve Carlton, is slated to be at the Mall’s lower level that very same day.
This book, as well as many of Rich’s other books, will be available for those 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.