Bucks County Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame Announces First Class of Inductees
(Bucks County, PA) The Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame held a press conference to announce its first induction class on Wednesday, January 21st at the Bucks County Visitors Center in Bensalem.
Chartered in May 2008, the Bucks County Chapter is dedicated to recognizing individual athletes, coaches, members of the media, community sports organizers, athletic administrators, and other deserving contributors who have helped establish Bucks County as a hotbed for athletics in the state. Presently, the chapter has 170 members. Being inducted into the Bucks County Chapter gives the inductees the opportunity to be nominated for the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame, the most prestigious sports hall of fame in the state; members include sports legends Arnold Palmer, Connie Mack, Jim Thorpe, Chuck Bednarik, Steve Van Buren, and many others. There are no individuals from Bucks County in the state hall, because there has never been a local chapter to nominate them for induction. Now there is!
The following are a list of the first class of inductees:
Troy Vincent- Pennsbury High School, 1996-2004 Philadelphia Eagles, Recipient of the 2002 Walter Peyton NFL Man of the Year Award.
Jeff Manto- Bristol High School, member Philadelphia Phillies 1993 National League Champions, 1985-2000 Pro Baseball Player
Sheila Murphy- Neshaminy High School Coach/Athletic Admin.- Neshaminy HS field hockey coach, winning 11 consecutive league champs.
Hal Heffelfinger- member of West Chester State College ’62 NCAA Division 1 Soccer Team, member PA Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame
Vic Stanley- Council Rock Wrestling Coach- coached Council Rock1967-1992, LaSalle College HS 2004 to present, PIAA Coach of the Year
Harry Schuh- Neshaminy High School- 1961 All State Football team, Oakland Raiders All Time Football Team
Joel Baba- Neshaminy Gymnastics Coach- coached 1957-1975 & 1986-1988, 11 league champs. 1951 Grad. Syracuse Univ. Easter All Around Championship and NCAA Floor Exercise Championship and alternate to the 1952 US Olympic Team.
Walter Bahr- Penn State Soccer Coach- long time captain of US National Team, played in 1950 FIFA World Cup, member of 1948 Olympic Team
Dick Bedesem- Bishop Egan HS Football Coach- All Catholic football player at LaSalle HS, won the Phila. City Title ’63, ’66, ’67, ’69 & ’70.
Dick Dougherty- Bucks County Courier and Time Sports Journalist
Dick Hart- Morrisville HS, Captain of 1955 LL World Champions, 1961 Lower Bucks Football Player of the Year, Phila. Eagles ’67-’71.
Larry Marshall- 1964-67 Bishop Egan HS, All Catholic running back, MVP ’67 City Title Football game, Univ. of Maryland Football MVP ‘72
John Petercuskie- Neshaminy Football Coach ’54-’65. Cleveland Browns Special Teams Coordinator ’78-’84. 40 yrs. Coaching football
Harry Startzell- Delhaas HS Coach/Athletic Admin. Played Semi-Pro Baseball from ’49-’57, Pro. Scout for Baltimore Orioles ’57-2000, Baseball Field at Harry Truman HS is named after him; Baseball League in Mercer County is named after him.
1955 Morrisvillle Little League World Championship Team
Three of the inductees were present for the inductee ceremony; Jeff Manto, Sheila Murphy and Hal Heffelfinger along with John Chaump, President of the Bucks County Sports Hall of Fame and Joe Blair, Treasurer of the Bucks County Sports Hall of Fame.
Inductee Jeff Manto stated “I have to take a step back when looking at the names on this inductee class” He added, “I’m very well aware of the importance of this. It’s a humbling experience to be honored by your home.”
The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau will be housing the Sports Hall of Fame plaques and inductees pictures in the Bucks County Visitors Center in Bensalem. The Hall of Fame wall is set to be unveiled in April 2009 after the induction banquet.
The induction will take place on April 16, 2009 at King’s Caterers in Levittown. Tickets will go on sale sometime in January or February. Because a sellout is anticipated, members will be given a special pre-sale before opening sales to the general public.
Sponsorships are available to interested businesses from $75 to $500. Interested parties should contact Heather Walter (215 639 0300 ext. 227) at the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau for more information.
Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations Manager
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The mission of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc. is to increase visitation to Bucks County, Pennsylvania by effectively marketing its heritage, accommodations and attractions. For more information call (215) 639-0300, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.