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Player, umpire & lacrosse leader Shellenberger to be inducted into Philadelphia Hall of Fame tonight

Thursday, 12th November 2009

Categories Girl's/Women's, Posted 11/12/09
From Press Releases

Betty Shellenberger, a long-time U.S. lacrosse national team player who also umpired for 49 years and is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame tonight.

Shellenberger will be one of 14 individuals that will make up the sixth class of inductees at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing.

Shellenberger, a graduate of Agnes Irwin School, was an outstanding attack player and was chosen for the U.S. Team 11 times and the Reserve team five times from 1940-61.

In 1941 she began an umpiring career that lasted 49 years until 1990. She started the lacrosse programs at the Stevens School and Chestnut Hill College.

Shellenberger also served as President of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association from 1967-68 and was the honorary secretary of the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations from 1983-86.

She was the first President of the Philadelphia College Association. In 1987, she was made a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania for her contributions to various sports. She was elected to the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994.

Shellenberger will be joined by Tommy Lasorda, Julius “Judy” Johnson, Eddie Collins, Larry Bowa, Neil Johnston, Emlen Tunnell, Pete Retzlaff, John Cappelletti, Dr. Charles Jenkins, Mel Sheppard, Joey Giardello, Merrill Reese, Bill Conlin and the 1973-1975 Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers The new class, including one team, joins the 84 current members of the Philly Hall.

Also being honored are the annual Pride of Philadelphia award winners.  This year’s recipients are the Villanova Men’s basketball team, Archbishop Carroll’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams and amateur boxer Miguel Cartegena.  The Pride of Philadelphia award is a recognition of accomplishment by those who made Philadelphia sports fans proud of their town and its rich sports heritage over the past year.

The ceremony features Pat Williams, former General Manager of the 76ers and current Senior Vice-President for the Orlando Magic, back as Master of Ceremonies for the fifth time.

Festivities include a cocktail reception, dinner and the Induction banquet. Attendees may also participate in the silent auction and view the museum exhibit featuring items from the Hall of Fame’s unique collection of Philadelphia sports artifacts.

Limited tickets are still available for the event.

The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the Induction Ceremony. The banquet is open to the public and tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (215) 923-5121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (215) 923-5121      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Ext. 1.


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