Salute to Negro League Baseball by Jennifer Frudakis-Petry

Sculptor Jennifer Frudakis-Petry was commissioned by the New Jersey CRDA and the Pop Lloyd Committee to do this 6′ x 8′ bas-relief of the history of Negro League Baseball, originally placed at Sand Castle Stadium in Atlantic City, NJ. When the stadium was closed, the work was relocated to Stockton University and can be presently viewed in front of their Athletic Department.
You are invited to try to identify the sixteen significant personalities/events depicted here. To check your answers, scroll to the bottom of the this month’s page on the Sports Legends of Delaware County website www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.
To find out about Delaware County’s contribution to Negro league Baseball, go to that same website and view Brad Nau’s video on Hilldale Park entitled Champions Walked Here. The video is in the dvd section produced by BNProducers. In that same dvd section you can view Larry Doby, one of the players depicted on the Frudakis sculpture.
As noted in the introduction to the video Ballfield to Battlefield and Back by George Case and Mickey Vernon, Mickey served in the Navy with Larry during WW II and was also a teammate of his with the Cleveland Indians. Larry Doby was the first African-American player to play in the American League—starting less than three months after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in the National League. Although Doby was, by all reports, just as good a player as Jackie, he never received the same publicity. Tells you how important it is to be first. Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919


Honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Delco’s greatest baseball player.

For all of 2018, the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum will have a year-long celebration to honor the birth of James Barton (Mickey) Vernon. With apologies to other great players of local origin–Hack Wilson, Jimmy Dykes, Danny Murtaugh and Mike Scioscia–it can be readily argued that Mickey is certainly the greatest baseball player that Delaware County has ever produced. Born on April 22,1918 and a native of Marcus Hook PA, Mickey was a two-time American League Batting Champion and seven-time All-Star. It’s a testimony to the character of the man that he was said by many of those who had the pleasure of knowing him to be the nicest man they ever met. To commemorate his centennial year, the SLDC website starting in January 2018 will be offering twelve video clips and twelve sports cards, a different one to be presented each month of the year. Find the clips and cards on home page www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com. Called Celebrating a Life Well-Lived, the clips consist of a series of twelve interview segments in which Mickey reminisces about his years in baseball. Many of the segments were filmed just nine days before his death on September 24, 2008. Those that knew Mickey best will tell you over and over again that he was one of those special individuals that should never be forgotten. This material should go a long way toward perpetuating his memory. For more information on how you can obtain a dvd entitled Grand Memories of a Great Champion, containing all twelve interview segments plus other video clips from Mickey’s career, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

The Gentleman First Baseman

Also available as part of the celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mickey Vernon is one of Rich Westcott’s 26 books—Mickey Vernon, The Gentleman First Baseman. It is a book that tells the story of the life and career of this distinguished local hero. Written with a keen sense of baseball history, the book includes lengthy interviews with Vernon, as well as ones with his family, friends, teammates, and opponents, The amazing stories, insights, and detailed coverage of Vernon’s character and numerous achievements provide a poignant look at one of the classiest men ever to play the game of baseball. As Al Rosen said in his foreword for the book: “He was a player who could grace any lineup and have his teammates, manager, and coaches thrilled to be a part of that team. His story is one that legends are made of.”
For more details or sales inquiries, please contact the author at richwestcott@verizon.com

Danny Murtaugh Portrait and Photo

An art show produced by Art on Avenue of the States Gallery of Chester, Pa. and hosted by Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack, is currently on exhibit at Harrah’s Casino. One of the works on display in the show is a portrait of former major league baseball player and manager the late Danny Murtaugh by artist George Rothacker of the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. The show will last until June 2018.
It is interesting to note that before and during Danny’s professional career, he worked as a piece-work counter for welders at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. At the time, the company occupied the present site of the current Harrah’s Casino at what is now 777 Harrah’s Boulevard in Chester. During the time Danny was employed at the shipyard, he lived just a few blocks away, on Barclay Street. It’s an ironic indication of just how professional sports salaries have changed over the years that a man who was, in 1941, a league-leading major league base-stealer playing for the Philadelphia Phillies would find it worthwhile to pick up extra money during the off-season in this manner.
The exhibit is on Harrah’s ground floor lobby and is open 24/7 year-round. All the works of art displayed in the exhibit can be found on the gallery’s website www.artavestates.com. For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919. Photo compliments of Delco Times

Fredia Gibbs World Championship Belt on Display

You are welcome to the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA to view a recent addition to the Wide World of Women’s Sports gallery. The addition is Fredia Gibbs’ World Championship Kickboxing Belt, currently on display in a showcase on the first floor atrium level.
Fredia, a graduate of Chester High School and Cabrini College, is arguably the best woman athlete in the history of Delaware County. In addition to being the first African-American to win the World Kickboxing Championship, Fredia was a state championship track star as well as a professional basketball player, playing in the European Professional League.
This and other Items from the museum’s collection can also be viewed by logging on to www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm and on Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm. Photo by Chuck Weems
For more information, contact museum curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net

Roberto Clemente’s 1972 Game Worn Road Jersey on Display

Currently on display at the Sports Legends of Delaware County (SLDC) museum is a 1972 road jersey and pants worn by Roberto Clemente during his historic final season, when he got his 3,000th career hit at his final time at bat. Later that year, Roberto would make the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to help others in need on December 31, when he perished in an airplane crash while flying to Nicaragua to deliver supplies to earthquake victims.
During his 18-year career, Clemente was a 15-time All-Star, a 12-time Golden Glove Award recipient, a four-time Batting Champion, 2 time World Series Champion, and both a National League and World Series MVP Award winner. This significant knit jersey, with black and gold trim, has the Pirates team name across the front with his number 21 below it.
It has been confirmed by the Clemente family that they were presented with this uniform by the team during memorial ceremonies at Three Rivers Stadium at the start of the 1973 season.
The jersey and pants will be on display at the SLDC museum through December 31 of this year–the 45th anniversary of Roberto’s death. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, PA 19087 and is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm. Photo compliments of Hunt Auctions
For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919

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 A 12"x18" Mickey Horsehide and Signature Print is available by contacting vankoski21@comcast.net or 610-909-4919

A 12″x18″ Mickey Horsehide and Signature Print is available by contacting vankoski21@comcast.net or 610-909-4919

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Sculptor Jennifer Frudakis-Petry was commissioned by the New Jersey CRDA and the Pop Lloyd Committee to do this 6' x 8' bas-relief of the history of Negro League Baseball, originally placed at Sand Castle Stadium in Atlantic City, NJ. When the stadium was closed, the work was relocated to Stockton University and can be presently viewed in front of their Athletic Department. You are invited to try to identify the sixteen significant personalities/events depicted here. To check your answers, scroll to the bottom of the this month's page on the Sports Legends of Delaware County website www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com. To find out about Delaware County's contribution to Negro league Baseball, go to that same website and view Brad Nau's video on Hilldale Park entitled Champions Walked Here. The video is in the dvd section produced by BNProducers. In that same dvd section you can view Larry Doby, one of the players depicted on the Frudakis sculpture. As noted in the introduction to the video Ballfield to Battlefield and Back by George Case and Mickey Vernon, Mickey served in the Navy with Larry during WW II and was also a teammate of his with the Cleveland Indians. Larry Doby was the first African-American player to play in the American League—starting less than three months after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in the National League. Although Doby was, by all reports, just as good a player as Jackie, he never received the same publicity. Tells you how important it is to be first.

Sculptor Jennifer Frudakis-Petry was commissioned by the New Jersey CRDA and the Pop Lloyd Committee to do this 6′ x 8′ bas-relief of the history of Negro League Baseball, originally placed at Sand Castle Stadium in Atlantic City, NJ. When the stadium was closed, the work was relocated to Stockton University and can be presently viewed in front of their Athletic Department.
You are invited to try to identify the sixteen significant personalities/events depicted here. To check your answers, scroll to the bottom of the this month’s page on the Sports Legends of Delaware County website www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.
To find out about Delaware County’s contribution to Negro league Baseball, go to that same website and view Brad Nau’s video on Hilldale Park entitled Champions Walked Here. The video is in the dvd section produced by BNProducers. In that same dvd section you can view Larry Doby, one of the players depicted on the Frudakis sculpture.
As noted in the introduction to the video Ballfield to Battlefield and Back by George Case and Mickey Vernon, Mickey served in the Navy with Larry during WW II and was also a teammate of his with the Cleveland Indians. Larry Doby was the first African-American player to play in the American League—starting less than three months after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in the National League. Although Doby was, by all reports, just as good a player as Jackie, he never received the same publicity. Tells you how important it is to be first.

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