Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame sets induction ceremony

Posted: November 01, 2012

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual reception and ceremony to induct its ninth class next Thursday at the Society Hill Sheraton.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5.

The inductees are Eric Lindros, the former Flyers center; former 76ers Doug Collins (now the coach) and Wali Jones; Debbie Black, a St. Joseph's basketball star in the 1980s; ex-Eagles Maxie Baughan and Tommy Thompson; Eddie Plank, a lefthander who won 326 games in a career that included 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics; former Phillies all-star Johnny Callison; and Dan Baker, the longtime Phillies and Eagles public-address announcer.

Also, Mike Piazza, a Phoenixville High graduate who had a 16-year major-league baseball career; Gertrude Dunn, a star in the all-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was immortalized in the movie A League of Their Own; Joe Klecko, a Temple graduate who became an NFL Pro Bowler; boxer Harold Johnson, a light-heavyweight contender/champion from Manayunk; Phoenixville native Horace Ashenfelter, the steeplechase gold-medal winner in the 1952 Olympics; golfer Johnny McDermott, a Philadelphia native who was the youngest and first American-born U.S. Open champion; and Legacy (Ashe) Youth Tennis and Education, which is being recognized for 60 years of service to the area.

For more information on the event and the Hall of Fame, go to www.phillyhall.org.

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