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Meet the New Philly Jewish Sports Hall of Famers

April 25, 2014 By:
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The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Adolph and Rose Levis Museum will induct nine men and women of achievement into its ranks at its 17th anniversary event on May 27, being held for the last time at the Gershman Y in Center City.

Those being honored are:

Steven Chadwin, who has an incredible winning percentage — 70 percent — as the coach of the multiple-championship-winning Abington Friends School basketball team. The team has taken 16 titles in the Friends School League — eight consecutive — under Chadwin's tutelage spanning a 35-year career.

Howard “The King” Eskin, the estimable and controversial roguish sports commentator and reporter who has been a major player in transforming the profile and power of sports talk radio on a local and national level

Jules “Babe” Love, a former Bartram High basketball player who netted the first points for Brandeis University’s team and founded the Jerusalem International Basketball Sports Center 

Louise “Bobbie” Rose, much-honored local golf legend who, at age 98, still can wack the ball with authority

Michael Rose, the son of Louise Rose and a multiple champ on the pro golf courses. He started his winning ways years ago at Abington High School.

Sara Schiffman, a standout in the world of tennis as both player and coach who first made a name for herself at Lower Merion High on her way to multiple honors.

Steve Smoger, an attorney and professional boxing referee who has served as ring arbitrator in 185 World Title fights. He picked up his own title as “Referee of the Year” from Ring Magazine and Boxing Scene Magazine, and is also a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Boxing Halls of Fame.

Leonard Tose, the late charismatic owner of the Philadelphia Eagles for 16 years, including its run at the Super Bowl in 1980.

Ed Rendell, the former mayor and governor whose political career still had space for stints as a sports commentator. The "Pillar of Achievement" winner now serves as a columnist for the Daily News and post-game analyst of Eagles games for Comcast SportsNet.

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