1977 Inductees

Delaware Sports Hall of Fame

Bill McGowan

This Delaware native started his baseball umpiring career on the Wilmington sandlots and went on to achieve 29 years service

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Frank Newlin

The long-time supervisor of recreation for the Wilmington Board of Park Commissioners, Newlin provided the impetus that made track, cross-country

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Nancy Sawin

The former headmistress of Sanford Prep School was a world class field hockey player who in 1988 became a charter

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Al Tribuani

Acclaimed the state’s outstanding boxing product, Tribuani was Easter Gold Gloves champion in 1940 and the winner in his division

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Ron Waller

A two-time “Athlete of the Year” selection by the Wilmington Sportswriters Association, Waller went from a brilliant football career at

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Vic Willis

As a teenager he played baseball for the Wilmington YMCA and Newark Academy. After one season of play for the

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