Seven distinguished people in the world of sports will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Museum at the 17th annual induction ceremony on
April 26, 2009
The 2009 National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame inductees include: former Baltimore Colts athletic trainer Ed Block, ESPN Sportscenter anchor and ESPN.com columnist Linda Cohn; Track and Field star and Olympic Weightlifter Gary Gubner; former Executive Director of the MLB Players Association Marvin Miller; sports media legend Dick Schaap; former New England Patriots linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Andre Tippet, and Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.
Here’s a look at the seven honorees:
Ed Block - After receiving the Purple Heart for his service in World War II, Ed Block became the head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts. From 1954-1977 he took care of some of the NFL’s top players. He also spread his knowledge by working in children’s hospitals and serving as a mentor to aspiring trainers. Ed Block was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1974. In his honor, the NFL set up the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, which helps to raise public awareness of child abuse.
Linda Cohn - A true New Yorker and avid sports fan, Linda took her love for the game and helped pave the way for women sports anchors by becoming the first female to host a radio sports show for ABC in 1987. In 1992 she capitalized on the chance of a lifetime by becoming an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter. She has been a fixture on the program ever since and has currently added the title as ESPN.com columnist to her resume. Linda has climbed the ladder steadily throughout her career, creating a standard for woman sports anchors.
Gary Gubner - A former highly ranked track and field star in 1962 and 1963, Gary set numerous world records in shotput. After a string of injuries depleted his chance to make the Olympic track and field tam, he was able to adapt his style of training and become one of the world’s top weight lifters. He set numerous records in the bench press, snatch, clean, and jerk lifts throughout his career.
Marvin Miller - The former Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association is one of the most influential people in the history of baseball. From 1966-1982, Miller developed the MLBPA into one of the strongest unions in America. Among his accomplishments were the negotiations of the first collective bargaining agreement, the use of arbitration in contract negotiations, and the increase to the minimum player salaries from $19,000 to $241,000.
Dick Schaap- One of the most influential sports writers and media personalities in history, before his untimely death in 2001, Schaap wrote more than 40 books including 30 books about the sports world including biographies of Joe Namath, Jerry Kramer, Bo Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Bob Beamon, Robert Kennedy and even the Son of Same David Berkowitz. He was an Emmy award winning writer, ESPN radio and TV host of a variety of shows including ESPN’s The Sports Reporters. A famous name dropper, he “dropped” 513 names in his autobiography “Flashing Before My Eyes: 50 Years of headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines. His six children include ESPN broadcaster and author Jeremy Schaap.
Andre Tippett - The five-time All-Pro linebacker made his name for being a menacing force for the New England Patriots from 1982-1993. Tippet helped lead the Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1985 with 16.5 sacks. He retired due to injury in 1993, but his excellence on the field earned him a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1980's and the NFL Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dara Torres - A 12-time Olympic medalist in swimming became the first U.S. athlete to compete in five Olympics by participating in the 2008 Beijing games at age 41, just two years after the birth of her first child. With her three medals at the 2008 Olympics, she tied the record for Olympic medals won for an American female athlete with 12 total medal stand appearances (four gold, four silver, four bronze).