The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame held its induction ceremonies before a packed house at the Gershman Y.
Somehow, some 300 fans packed into the standing-room-only induction of the 2014 class of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, held for the final time at the Gershman Y in Center City.
A group of nine made the list this year and the rostrum was filled with anecdotes galore. Some of the best rounds of applause were saved for Steve Chadwin, the legendary basketball coach at Abington Friends School, and Bobbie Rose, the 98-year-old golfer whose hole-in-one of a joke was that any day is a success as long as she ends it with chocolate-covered pretzels.
Gov. Ed Rendell charmed the crowd, regaling them with tales of his sports "prowess" in the New York public school system, noting that he obviously made a better choice of day job by becoming involved in government after he moved to Philadelphia as a University of Pennsylvania student.
Howard Eskin eschewed any sense of controversy with sweet reminiscences of his much-honored career as a sportscaster, with a special heartfelt salute to his family for putting up with his long days away from home. He also offered genuine thanks for being inducted into his third hall of fame, following the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Extended family made a great showing for the legacy of the late Leonard Tose, former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. His granddaughter, Marnie Schneider, offered some glitzy appeal with the name "Tose" embedded in crystals in her shoe heels.