Fan alert: Don't forget to vote

Posted: May 04, 2009

Name a Philadelphia sports great and there's a good chance he or she has won the John Wanamaker Award.

Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Joe Frazier, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, the Flyers and Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent, Reggie White, the Eagles and Donovan McNabb, Chuck Bednarik and Dawn Staley are all Wanamaker winners.

The last two Wanamaker winners were Ryan Howard (2007) and Jimmy Rollins ('08), both National League Most Valuable Players.

The award is presented to "the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel."

Previous team winners of the award include the 1985 Villanova NCAA men's basketball champions, the Wildcats men's team of 2006, Saint Joseph's '04, and Temple 2000; plus the Villanova women's basketball squad of '03.

Fans are invited to cast their ballots for this year's Wanamaker award winner. The award winner will be selected by a panel of media members and representatives of the area's athletic and corporate communites.

The award is presented by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, IPC/Amerimar Wanamaker Management Co., the Daily News and KYW CBS-3TV. *

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