PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Fifteen athletes, representing a wide range of sports and eras, were inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame last night.
The closer in the final game of the Phillies first world championship, the championship Sixers “sixth man,” the Flyer who scored, as a goaltender– all were among the inductees. That’s Tug McGraw, Bobby Jones, and Ron Hextall (in photo above), respectively.
Jones (in photo at right) says it’s fitting that the city has its own hall of fame:
“For me, coming back to Philly was really special because I had never come to Philly until I got traded here, and so just being a part of the city, the excitement that they have for their sports, the excitement for it, is something that’s really special to me and it’s nice to be back in that excitement.”
Newly minted congressman and former Eagle Jon Runyan was also there:
“You get in a room with a lot of other sports figures you don’t see on a daily basis — awesome experience.”
Bobby Shantz, Dick Allen, Olympic gold medal diver Elizabeth Becker, Hobey Baker, boxer “Jersey” Joe Walcott, Jim Phelan, Leroy Kelly, Marianne Stanley, Mike Quick, Phil Jasner, Tom Brookshier, and William Hyndman III were the others inducted.
Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio