Monday, April 27, 2009

Mazel Tov to the Hall of Fame Inductees

The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony over the weekend, inducting seven new honorees, whose exploits ranged from the broadcast desk at SportsCenter to Olympic gold and even to the courtroom. Yes, it was a mighty diverse lot. The seven honorees for this year consisted of 2 women and 5 men. Before we get to the honorees, go ahead, admit it - you didn't think there was such a thing as a Jewish Sports Hall of Fame now did you? It's not only real, but has a very impressive list of inductees compiled over the course of seventeen years.

The two women, both still active and inspirational, are Linda Cohn of SportsCenter fame and the "Grandma" of the Beijing US Olympic swim team, the incomparable Dara Torres. The five men were sportswriter Dick Schaap (posthumously), former New England Patriot linebacker Andre Tippett, former Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, Olympic weightlifter Gary Gubner and trailblazing executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Marvin Miller.

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