Montco Chap­ter names nine to Hall of Fame

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Nine men and women will be wel­comed to the Mont­gomery County chap­ter of the Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame at its third an­nual in­duc­tion banquet on Sept. 25 at the sal­ley Forge Radis­son Ho­tel.

David Rit­ting, pres­i­dent of the Mont­gomery County chap­ter, has an­nounced the fol­low­ing hon­orees for the Class of 2012. They were cho­sen for their ac­com­plish­ments in base­ball, football, WUDFN DnG fiHOG, fiHOG KRFNHy, swim­ming, sports me­dia, wrestling, lacrosse, and bas­ket­ball. Two of the hon­orees rep­re­sented the U.S. in Olympic par­tic­i­pa­tion. Two for­mer high school football stars ad­vanced to the Na­tional Football League.

The nine new in­ductees are Wil­liam (BillF Bar­tle, Bob Bloss, him Gal­lagher (de­ceasedF, Henry (HankF hing, John hing, Chad Le­vitt, Richard (DickF Rit­ting, Bon­nie Smith Tay­lor and Wally Triplett.

Bon­nie Smith Tay­lor and the late him Gal­lagher each have Olympic backgrounds on their re­sumes. Smith 7DyORU, D fiHOG KRFNHy DnG swim­ming stand­out at Nor­ris­town High and at Tem­ple Univer­sity, went on to a OHnJWKy fiHOG KRFNHy FRDFKing ca­reer, then served as a ODFURVVH DnG fiHOG KRFNHy um­pire for nearly three decades, and was pres­i­dent of the Abing­ton chap­ter of um­pires. An in­ductee of three Halls of Fame — Nor­ris­town High, Tem­ple Univer­sity, U.S. Field Hockey — she was a mem­ber of the 19761984 Olympic De­vel­op­ment Coach­ing staff, and held a key or­ga­ni­za­tional post with the Hous­ton, Ok­la­homa and At­lanta Olympic Fes­ti­vals.

Gal­lagher, a stroke vic­tim who passed away at age 39, was an Up­per Dublin High School stu­dent-ath­lete who later earned in­ter­na­tional ac­claim as a sil­ver and bronze medal win­ner in the 800-me­ter run at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, re­spec­tively. She was the only U.S. man or woman to have won an in­di­vid­ual medal in any event longer than 400 me­ters at Seoul in 1988. Gal­lagher coura­geously bat­tled FDnFHU-UHODWHG DIflLFWLRnV IRU 14 years be­fore suc­cumb­ing in 2002. As late as 1992, she com­peted in the Olympic tri­als. She has been in­ducted in Halls of Fame es­tab­lished by the Penn­syl­va­nia Track and Field Coaches, Up­per Dublin High and the Penn Re­lays.

Chad Le­vitt and Wal­lace (Wal­lyF Triplett are two 2012 in­ductees who at­tended Chel­tenham High School and even­tu­ally played foot- ball in the NFL.

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Le­vitt, in ad­di­tion to football, was also a Chel­tenham wUHVWOLnJ DnG WUDFN DnG fiHOG (shot put and 4x100 re­layF stand­out. He car­ried his football tal­ent to Cor­nell where he was a three-time All-Ivy /HDJuH fiUVW WHDP. HH HVtab­lished Cor­nell records for most 100-yard games (24F, and for most rush­ing at­tempts (922F. A mem­ber of the Cor­nell Univer­sity and the Philadel­phia Jewish League Halls of Fame, Le­vitt was a fourth round draft se­lec­tion of the Oak­land Raiders. He also played for the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears.

Wil­liam (BillF Bar­tle, from the mid-1970s to 2000, was one of the most head­lined com­pet­i­tive swimmers in Penn­syl­va­nia, then an out­stand­ing high school swim­ming coach in Mont­gomery and neigh­bor­ing Berks County. A four-time high school All Amer­i­can with eight PIAA cham­pi­onship medals to his credit, Bar­tle later pi­loted 17 scholastic swim­ming and 16 wa­ter polo All Amer­i­cans dur­ing his head coach­ing tenures at Read­ing High School (1985-’94F and North Penn High, (1994-2000F. He is en­shrined in the North Penn High, North Penn/Soud­er­ton and Berks County Halls of Fame, and is re­cip­i­ent of the David H. Robert­son Ex­cel­lence in Coach­ing ac­co­lade.

Bob Bloss en­ters the sports Hall not for prowHVV Rn WKH fiHOGV DnG FRuUWV of play, but for his me­dia cov­er­age of those ath­letes whose per­for­mances he’s de­scribed via type­writer and mi­cro­phone. The Tem­ple Univer­sity Com­mu­ni­ca­tions ma­jor has cov­ered the Phillies reg­u­larly since the early 1960s, and re­cently au­thored two na­tion­ally dis­trib­uted base­ball books. His Mon­tJRPHUy CRunWy EyOLnHV fiUVW ap­peared for ed­i­tor Charley My­ers at The Re­porter, then, through the 1960s, un­der leg­endary Times Her­ald sports ed­i­tor Red McCarthy. Bloss’s sports cov­er­age has in­cluded play-by-play of Bux-Mont League football (WNPs Ra­dio, 1960s

-‘70sF. For 20 years he was the Mont­gomery High School All-Star Football Game pub­lic ad­dress an­nouncer.

Henry ( HankF hing, who’s earned life­time achieve­ment com­men­da­tions for his base­ball scout­ing con­tri­bu­tions to Philadel­phia Phillies’ suc­cesses, re­turns to his boy­hood turf for his Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame in­duc­tion. An Up­per Me­rion High let­ter­man in football, bas­ket­ball, and base­ball, his pitch­ing tal­ent led him, be­gin­ning in 1962, to con­tracts with the White Sox and Ori­oles sys­tems. In 1975 he joined the Phillies fam­ily. For 24 years, start­ing in 1984, Hank was the club’s chief ad­vance scout. He eval­u­ated Tampa Bay prior to the Phils’ 2008 World Se­ries tri­umph. The cur­rent Lim­er­ick res­i­dent has con­ducted in­struc­tional base­ball pro­grams for young­sters for sev­eral yeas. And when not en­gaged with base­ball sea­sons, he’s served as a cer­ti­fied bas­ket­ball ref­eree.

John hing and Henry hing are some­times mis­taken as rel­a­tives. That’s not the case, but hav­ing both of them — from the same re­gion and same high school, and at the Hall of Fame’s head ta­ble Sept. 25 — is an in­ter­est­ing co­in­ci­dence. Each an Up­per Me­rion High three­sport let­ter­man. Base­ball ex­cel­lence in both of their backgrounds. At Brown Univer­sity John set a league home run record and earned first team All- Ivy League three times. He also let­tered in football, and is a Brown Hall of Famer for football and base­ball. While at Up­per Me­rion High John hing re­ceived the Tri­an­gle Club’s Wil­liam Dan­nehower Award. His strong base­ball in­ter­est con­tin­ues. In the 1990s John served a suc­cess­ful term as pres­i­dent of the Perkiomen sal­ley Twi­light League.

Richard (DickF Joseph Rit­ting — (Un­sung Hero Award Re­cip­i­entF — The Mont­gomery Chap­ter of the Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame is proud to have in­sti­tuted this spe­cial honor for per­sons who de­voted sev­eral decades of ded­i­cated ath­letic ex­cel­lence and ser­vice to team­work and whole­some sports­man­ship.

Dick Rit­ting’s back­ground and re­sume typ­ify this an­nual award’s char­ac­ter­is­tics. The long-time res­i­dent of WKH GOHnVLGH DUHD fiUVW HDUnHG no­table sports page at­ten­tion as a football, base­ball, DnG WUDFN DnG fiHOG VWDnGRuW at Philadel­phia’s North­east High in the early 1940s be­fore serv­ing in the U.S. Navy, 1943-1946. With Rit­ting in key roles, North­east won City football and track ti­tles. He placed sec­ond in the 1943 City Cham­pi­onships high jump com­pe­ti­tion.

Dur­ing the many decades since he re­turned from mil­i­tary ser­vice, where he was a walk-on starter for the Navy base­ball team, the list of Dick’s ath­letic ac­com­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tions have rarely been equaled. Some ex­am­ples: Two-way semi-pro football player, Chel­tenham Jay sees, 20-plus sea­sons.

Chel­tenham Jay sees semi-pro base­ball in Subur­ban and Penn-Del leagues, 30-plus years. Jay sees MsP, 1957. Player-coach sev­eral sea­sons.

Ex­ten­sive vol­un­teer ser­vice fol­low­ing his ac­tive play­ing and coach­ing ca­reer: 35- plus years Board of Di­rec­tors, Chel­tenham Jay sees; 25- plus years Board of Di­rec­tors of the Philadel­phia Chap­ter of Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame and 10- plus years as the PA Sports Hall of Fame Eastern Re­gion vice pres­i­dent. Still build­ing on his life­time of achieve­ments, Dick Rit­ting is cur­rently ac­tive in his 10th year on the Amer­i­can Le­gion’s ex­ec­u­tive board.

Doors will open at 6 p. m. for the Mont­gomery County chap­ter’s third an­nual Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame din­ner on Sept. 25th at the Radis­son Ho­tel sal­ley Forge, 1160 First Av­enue, hing of Prus­sia. The in­duc­tion din­ner be­gins at 7: 30. Tick­ets, at $ 60 each, can be or­dered through Chap­ter Pres­i­dent David Rit­ting at 610 256- 0300. Dave can also be reached by email at dav­erit­ting@ ver­i­zon. net. Tables of 10 are avail­able at $ 600. Checks and money or­ders can be is­sued to PSHoF- Montco Chap­ter, and mailed to the Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame Montco Chap­ter, 476 Brook­wood Rd., Wayne, PA 19087.

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