PA Sports Hall of Fame, Montco Chapter to induct nine
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The College must successfully complete four years of provisional membership before becoming eligible for the full Division III status in 2016.
The Valley Forge Christian College Athletic Department has grown by more than 60 percent in the past two years, most recently adding men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s softball. This year, the men’s and women’s basketball teams won the NCCAA Division II Regional Title. -‘70s). For 20 years he was the Montgomery High School All-Star Football Game public address announcer.
Henry (Hank) King, 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 King and Henry King 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 King 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 Valley Twilight League.
Richard (Dick) Joseph Ritting — (Unsung Hero Award Recipient) — 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.
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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.
Two-way semi-pro football player, Cheltenham Jay Vees, 20-plus seasons.
Cheltenham Jay Vees semi-pro baseball in Suburban and Penn-Del leagues, 30-plus years. Jay Vees MVP, 1957. Player-coach several seasons.
Extensive volunteer service following his active playing and coaching career: 35-plus years Board of Directors, Cheltenham Jay Vees; 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 Valley Forge, 1160 First Avenue, King 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.