Win­ter Wool ex­hibit con­tin­ues at Sports Le­gends Mu­seum

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It’s a very big week­end at the Sports Le­gends Mu­seum of Delaware County in Rad­nor.

The mu­seum is of­fer­ing a new ex­hibit, “Win­ter Wool and the Sum­mer Game,” fea­tur­ing jer­seys worn by a va­ri­ety of lo­cal base­ball teams.

Jane Laszek, a ju­ried ar­ti­san and most re­cently a par­tic­i­pant at the Hill­top House Hol­i­day Craft Show in Devon, Pa. will be show­cas­ing her knit­ted wool spe­cial­ity items cre­ated ex­clu­sively for the “Win­ter Wool and the Sum­mer Game” ex­hibit.

Her works will be on ex­hibit Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The mu­seum also an­nounced a new piece to the Win­ter Wool for the Sum­mer Game Ex­hibit and Mickey Ver­non/Danny Mur­taugh Gallery a 1960 home uni­form worn by Dick Groat dur­ing the his­toric 1960 World Se­ries where Danny Mur­taugh’s Pitts­burgh Pi­rates de­feated the New York Yan­kees.

Groat played for four teams in the Na­tional League: the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates, the St. Louis Car­di­nals, the Philadel­phia Phillies and the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants. He won the bat­ting ti­tle and was awarded the Most Valu­able Player award for the 1960 sea­son with a bat­ting av­er­age of

.325. Dur­ing his ca­reer he led the NL five times in dou­ble plays, four times in putouts and twice in as­sists. He ranked ninth in ma­jor league his­tory in games at short­stop (1,877) and fourth in dou­ble plays (1,237) by the end of his ca­reer. As a bas­ket­ball player, he was an All-Amer­i­can at Duke Univer­sity and voted Helms Na­tional Player of the Year in

1952 af­ter av­er­ag­ing 25.2 points per game. He was one of the rare mem­bers in MLB who also played for the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the mu­seum re­cently ac­quired two au­to­graphed foot­ball jer­seys, both with strong Delaware County con­nec­tions. One was signed by leg­endary Philadel­phia Ea­gles player Vince Pa­pale and the other by Delaware County na­tive and Penn State star John Cap­pel­letti.

Cap­pel­letti spent his col­lege years play­ing for the Penn State Nit­tany Lions. He won the Heis­man Tro­phy in 1973 and was in­ducted into the Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame in 1993. Ac­cord­ing to sources, renowned Penn State coach Joe Paterno once said that Cap­peletti was “the best foot­ball player I ever coached.”

Cap­pel­letti played nine sea­sons in the NFL, with his ca­reer end­ing in 1983.

Pa­pale didn’t have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as Cap­pel­letti, in­stead he at­tended col­lege at Philadel­phia’s St. Joseph’s Univer­sity on a track and field schol­ar­ship. Born in Ch­ester, Pa­pale’s life and ca­reer be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for the 2006 hit movie “In­vin­ci­ble.”

Pa­pale be­gan his post-col­le­giate foot­ball ca­reer play­ing with the As­ton Green Knights of the semi-pro Se­aboard Foot­ball League. He was a teacher and coach at In­ter­boro High School and suc­cess­fully tried out for the Philadel­phia Bell of the World Foot­ball League as a wide re­ceiver. He earned a try­out with Philadel­phia Ea­gles’ head coach Dick Ver­meil and made the team at 30 years old be­com­ing the old­est rookie to join the league with­out col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pa­pale played three sea­sons with the Ea­gles from 1976-78, voted Spe­cial Teams Cap­tain and “Man of the Year” by his team­mates and coaches in 1978. A shoul­der in­jury ended Pa­pale’s pro­fes­sional foot­ball ca­reer in 1979.

The SLDC Mu­seum is proud to be home to these two cel­e­brated Delaware County na­tives’ jer­seys. The mu­seum is lo­cated at 301 Iven Av­enue at the Rad­nor Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ing in Wayne. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Jim Vankoski at [email protected]­cast.net or call 610-909-4919. Feel free to visit the web­site to learn more about the events and exhibits at the SLDC Mu­seum www.sport­sle­gend­sofdelaware­county.com.

Rad­nor Ho­tel to hold an­nual hol­i­day tea for chil­dren

The Rad­nor Ho­tel will hold its an­nual Hol­i­day Tea events on two con­sec­u­tive Satur­days, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. The mag­i­cal af­ter­noon in­cludes be­ing es­corted by The Rad­nor’s Toy Sol­dier, fresh baked scones, a va­ri­ety of sand­wiches, minia­ture pas­tries and home­made hol­i­day cook­ies, as well as sparkling ap­ple cider, a se­lec­tion of Twin­ings tea, hot cho­co­late or cho­co­late milk. Once tea is fin­ished, it is on to the fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing in­ter­ac­tive and imag­i­na­tive sto­ry­telling by the Win­ter Fairy and fes­tive car­ol­ing with a pian­ist. The lit­tle ones can also cre­ate a hol­i­day card for some­one spe­cial. The Toy Sol­dier will be march­ing around to bring the hol­i­day sea­son to life. To com­plete the ex­pe­ri­ence, each child will re­ceive a Story Book Gift to take home and trea­sure.

The cost of the tea is

$59.95 for one adult and one child, ex­clud­ing tax and gra­tu­ity and is geared to chil­dren 3-8 years old. Ad­vanced ticket pur­chase and reser­va­tions are re­quired by call­ing 610-3413138. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https://rad­norho­tel.com/chil­drens-tea/.

Free hol­i­day per­for­mance at Delco Peace Cen­ter

Renowned area racon­teur, hu­morist, au­thor and the­olo­gian, for­mer high school teacher, mum­mer, banjo player and in­ter­na­tional sto­ry­teller Ed Stiven­der will de­liver a hol­i­day per­for­mance at the Peace Cen­ter of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, in Spring­field, , 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 27.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and peo­ple are in­vited to the Peace Cen­ter be­fore the show for a time of hol­i­day shar­ing, song, and re­fresh­ments. The event is be­ing co-spon­sored by the Brandy­wine Peace Com­mu­nity. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Stiven­der has been called “the Robin Wil­liams of sto­ry­telling” by the Mi­ami Her­ald. A fea­tured per­former at the Cape Clear Is­land In­ter­na­tional Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val in Ire­land, and the Philadel­phia Folk Fes­ti­val. He has trav­eled the world ap­pear­ing in schools, churches, cof­fee­houses and the­aters.

The per­former has strut­ted in the Comic divi­sion of the an­nual Philadel­phia Mum­mers Pa­rade since 1982. In 1994, he re­ceived the Mum­mers’ Most Orig­i­nal Char­ac­ter Award for his one-man Vat­i­canAmer­i­can String Band, and in 2006 and 2011, he won first prize for Most Orig­i­nal Char­ac­ter.

A life-long res­i­dent of Spring­field,. Stiven­der has au­thored two books, “Raised Catholic, Can You Tell?” and “Still Catholic Af­ter All These Fears.” Both books are rec­ol­lec­tions of his lo­cal parochial school and high school years.

For di­rec­tions to the Peace Cen­ter of Delaware County or more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.del­co­peace­cen­ter.org or call 484574-1148.

Signed jer­seys worn by Penn State star John Cap­pel­letti and Ea­gles le­gend Vince Pa­pale have been added to the Sports Le­gends Mu­seum of Delaware County.

This Dick Groat jersey worn dur­ing the leg­endary 1960 World Se­ries in which the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates man­aged by Delco na­tive Danny Mur­taugh stunned the New York Yan­kees is on dis­play at the Sports Le­gends of Delaware County Mu­seum.

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