WV Sports H.O.F.



WV Sports H.O.F.
WV Boxing H.O.F.
Pa Boxing H.O.F


All Pictures are Clickable


The Wyoming Valley Sports Hall Of Fame Announces Its First Annual Selection

Months of speculation come to a close this morning with the presentation of the first inductees to the Wyoming Valley sports Hall of Fame.

Co-sponsored by the Gibbons Brewery and the Wyoming Valley Athletic Association, the first group of recipients brings to a close two weeks of balloting, which found fierce competition in all categories.

Selected by Wyoming Valley sports fandom as the first inductees in the old-timers category were Adam Comorosky, a Swoyersville native who spent 10 seasons in the baseball major leagues; Bill Speary, a genuine world-class bantamweight boxer in the late 1930s; Joe "Mugsy" Skladaney, All-American end at Pittsburgh; and Ben Johnson, world's record holder runner.

Full Article


ballot.jpg (72176 bytes)
Voting Ballot

ticket.jpg (20453 bytes)


wvshof2.jpg (30068 bytes)

Plaque commemorating Induction.


SPORTS Hall of Fame
TICKETS READY. Supply Limited

It is a warm privilege to add our congratulations to the winners of the First Annual Wyoming Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
We deem it an equal privilege to extend an invitation to the many friends of the victors, and to all interested sports fans, to attend the First Awards Dinner.
Scheduled for induction are: Joe Skladany and Walt Michaels, Football; Adam Comorosky and Steve Bilko, Baseball; Bill Speary and Rocky Castellani, Boxing; Ben Johnson, Track; John Carr, Wrestling; and Ed White, Basketball.
The date is Thursday, November 4th, 197I, and the place, The American Legion Post 132, Wilkes-Barre. Tickets are $8.00 and available individually and by table.
May we urge that you not risk disappointment. Tickets may be purchased at Chuck Robbins Sporting Goods, Wilkes-Barre, or by writing to: Sports Hall of Fame Tickets, c/o The Gibbons Brewery, 700 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18705.
Gibbons Brewery/Wyoming Valley Athletic Assoc.,


wv1.jpg (33670 bytes)



Sports history was made here last night with the induction of nine former greats in their respective athletic endeavors into the Wyoming Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
An overflow crowd of more than 300 persons was on hand to witness the colorful festivities.
Shown above are the inductees along with principals who participated in the event held at the American Legion Home, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre.
From left seated: Walt Michaels, football, Johnny Carr, wrestling; Rocky Castellani, boxing; Mrs. William Speary, who accepted plaque for her late husband, boxing; Mrs. Adam Comorosky, who received plaque for her late husband, baseball; Joe (mugsy) Skladany, football; Ed White, basketball; Ben Johnson, track; and Steve Bilko, baseball.
Second row: Jones Evans, walker Allabaugh, president of the WVAA; Rev. Frank H. Roche of King's college, who offered benediction; Joe Gries, past president of the WVAA, who welcomed guests; Ted Smulowitz, chairman of board of Gibbons Brewery; Don Keatley, sports editor of Times-Leader Evening News; Prof. Francis W. Swingle of King's College, who served as toastmaster; Rev. Louis Falcone, who gave invocation, and Jim McCarthy.
McCarthy, Keatley, Swingle, Evans and Jerry Baum of WBRE-TV served as judges for selection of nominees for Hall of Fame. Fans had the final say as to who would be inducted by casting ballots.
Gibbons Brewery and WVAA co-sponsored the event.


Home Next

  Home ] [ WV Sports H.O.F. ] WV Boxing H.O.F. ] Pa Boxing H.O.F ]
Billy Speary-Pugilist ] The A.A.U ] The Olympic Dream ] The Pro Ring ] The Final Bell ] The Old Timer ] The Halls of Fame ] In His Corner ] Photo Gallery ] Boxing Links ] Table of Contents ] Family Genealogy ]


Email to:  william -at-  speary.com

Sorry, but due to the large volume of junk email we have had to take the email links out.  Please copy the address line above, paste it in to your email & change the -at- to @