The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and memory of Delaware County Sports Legends. It is located in the Radnor Township Municipal Building, located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 610-909-4919.
The Making of Tales from the Museum: A Collaborative Anthology
Jim Vankowski & Rich Pagano are curators of the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum located at the Radnor Township Building in Radnor, PA. In December 2019, they released a hard bound book celebrating the history of Delaware County athletic legends.
- Emlen Tunnell NFL Hall of Famer and All-Around Nice Guy
- Emlen Tunnell’s Journey to becoming a Giants Legend
- Emlen Tunnell Honored by the US Coast Guard
Emlen Tunnell US Coast Guard Cutter Ship Commissioning
On October 15, 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard will commission its 45th Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC), to be named in honor of Delaware County Steward’s Mate 1st Class Emlen Lewis Tunnell, a Radnor High School 1942 graduate. Emlen Tunnell rose from humble beginnings to become the first African-American enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Recognized as one of the NFL’s top 100 players of all time, he was awarded the U. S. Coast Guard’s Silver Lifesaving Medal for heroism in WWII, and is regarded as one of the greatest athletes ever from Delaware County.
We have learned that this event is currently closed to members of the public due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions imposed by the National Coast Guard. If this changes, more information will be communicated.
Radnor Township has partnered with Main Line TV to film the event so that it can later be shared with members of the community.
This extraordinary portrait of Emlen Tunnell was completed by Radnor Township employee James Corcoran for the opening reception of The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum, held on December 12, 2015.
Emlen, a 1942 graduate of Radnor High School, and a WW II Veteran was the first African American to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
The portrait will be on display in the Emlen Tunnell Gallery at the museum’s home on the second floor of the Radnor Township Municipal Building, located at 301 Iven Avenue.
Cabrini University honored alumna Fredia Gibbs, the kickboxing world champion once called “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World,” during a statue dedication ceremony on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at the Reflection Pond next to Cabrini’s Thomas P. Nerney Pavilion. This event marked the first time in Pennsylvania history a statue has been erected in the name of a female athlete.
Gibbs, who grew up in Chester, PA., and joined the Cabrini community as a Women’s Basketball standout in 1984, played professional basketball in Europe before returning to the United States to become the first African American woman to hold the International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) world kickboxing title. She was inducted into the Cabrini Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
The statue dedication was a remarkable day at Cabrini University led by Steve Highsmith (VP, Office of Institutional Advancement and External Relations), with guest speakers that included friends and family of Fredia Gibbs, Harlem Globetrotters Chris Franklin, Phil Damiani, Vice-President of the Sports Legends of Delaware County who led the effort to commemorate and fundraise for the statue, Delaware County Councilwoman Elaine Paul Schaefer, and the bolstering energy of the Philadelphia 76ers drumline which was only matched by the presence of the energy of Fredia Gibbs herself who was present to accept the exceptional recognition.
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On December 14th, 2021, Villanova University's Head Football Coach, Andy Talley, was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.
He is Villanova's first representative to be so honored.
Andy Talley was Villanova's all time winningest head coach leading the team to a National Championship in 2009. Active in the community, Talley has received numerous awards including the Rod Carew Leadership Award and the March of Dimes' Shining Star Lifetime Achievement Award.
An addition to the Delaware County Sports scene, open free of charge to all residents, awaits you at the Radnor Township Municipal Building at 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa The addition is a Sports Rarity of the Month exhibit, on display in a case in their atrium. With this addition The Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are preparing for a permanent Sports Legends of Delaware County installation also to be held at the Radnor Township building. The Sports Legends of Delaware County exhibit promises to preserve the rich sports history of Delaware County by honoring those athletes that have earned national and international acclaim for their accomplishments.
The Sports Rarity on display will be Mike Scioscia's game-worn Jersey from the 2002 World Series, worn by Mike as he led the Los Angeles Angels to the World Championship that year. The jersey will be on display Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Mike, a graduate of Springfield High School, was an All-Delco selection in football and baseball. He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the June 1976 draft and played for 15 years as a catcher in the major leagues. He was a member of the Dodgers’ 1981 and 1988 World Championship teams. Playing in the 1990 all-star game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, he became the first Dodger catcher to start an all-star game since Roy Campanella. This year was Mike's 16th season managing the Angels, making him the longest-tenured manager in Major League baseball.
For more information contact Jim Vankoski at (610) 909-4919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various size prints of these images are available by contacting artist George Rothacker at 610-566-0334 or email@example.com.
Museum Curator Jim Vankoski