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Jimmy Rollins, David Akers and Phil Martelli among 2022 Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame inductees

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame expanded its roster on Thursday when late Philadelphia legends Jimmy Rollins, David Akers and Phil Martelli headlined 16 new Blue Horizon inductees.

Rollins, four-time Golden Glove winnerthree-time All-Star, former National League MVP in 2007 and World Series champion, finished as the Phillies franchise leader in hits, bats and doubles during his 15 seasons with the team .

His 38-game winning streak over the 2005 and 2006 seasons is also the longest in franchise history.

Akers is the Eagles’ all-time leader in points, field goals and successful extra-point attempts. During his 12 seasons, Akers was also a five-time Pro Bowl selection, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2001. He was also inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2017.

Martelli, the former longtime coach of St. Joseph’s University, was named Naismith Coach of the Year in 2004, the same year he led the Hawks and Jameer Nelson to an undefeated regular season and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Martelli, who graduated in 1976 as Widener’s all-time leader in assists, won 444 games in 24 seasons as chief Hawk. He was also named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year four times and led the Hawks to seven NCAA tournament appearances.

Other inductees included:

  • Former Villanova coach Rollie Massiminowho led the Wildcats for 19 seasons, including the unlikely 1985 upset against heavily favored Georgetown in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game.

  • Long-time Ursinus field hockey coach Adele Boyd, which led the Lady Bears to three consecutive field hockey championship finals. Boyd, a graduate of Cheltenham High School, was also inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005 and was part of the inaugural class of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.

  • Roman Catholic product Art McNally was an NFL referee for nine years, oversaw the first instant replay system in 1986, and served as the Director of Referees from 1988 to 1990. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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  • Charles Cooper joined the legendary all-black New York Renaissance basketball team in 1929 and led the Rens to 88 consecutive victories in 1932. The Central High School product was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Ed Bolden was known as a businessman and baseball scout in black league baseball for nearly 40 years. He also played on the basketball court at Chester High School, where he was an American basketball and track player. He was an All-American in the field for Cabrini, finishing as the school leader in points and assists.

  • Fredia Gibbs, an All-American on the basketball court at Chester High School, was also an All-American at Cabrini College, where she is the school’s career leader in points and assists. She is also a three-time Tae Kwon Do world champion, kickboxing champion, Cabrini and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and recently became the first woman in the state to have a statue placed in her honor.

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  • Nikki Frank was a two-time National Fencing Association Champion, a three-time Pan Am Games medalist, and led the Temple University women’s fencing team for 46 years, including 26 championships including 22 consecutive ones. She is also a member of Temple Athletics, the United States Fencing Association and the International Sports Halls of Fame.

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  • Ray Kelly was a sportswriter for more than 50 years at the Bulletin, where he covered athletics and the Phillies and also served as national president of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He also won the JG Spink Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

  • Francis “Reds” Bagnell played for Penn from 1948 to 1950, winning the Maxwell Award and the Football Digest Player of the Year award in his final season. He also played baseball and basketball, earning nine college letters. Bagnell enlisted in the United States Navy instead of playing in the NFL. An award in his honor is presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club.

  • Susan France was a two-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing and a 2004 All-American at Penn. She was also the winner of the 2009 World Rowing Female Crew of the Year award with Erin Cafaro.

  • The 76ers, NBA champions in 1983, a team that came close to winning the title, lost just one game in that playoff series. The Sixers were led by Hall of Famers Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Bobby Jones and Billy Cunningham.

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  • Long-time radio personality howard eskin is a two-time Emmy award winner and a member of the Pennsylvania Sports, Broadcast Pioneers’ and Philadelphia Jewish Sports Halls of Fame.