2024 HOF Inductees

Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame

Hall of fame Inductees!

SUBJECT: Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame Announces Star-Studded Induction Class for 2024; Banquet Set for May 23 at Chase Center in Wilmington

DATE: March 11, 2024

WILMINGTON, Del. – Nine prominent men and women, including a former Major League Baseball player, the state’s premier top track & field hurdler, an iconic mascot creator and performer, a national record-holding swimmer, an internationally-renowned gymnastics judge, a standout Special Olympics athlete, an award-winning sportswriter, an Olympic and All-American field hockey player, and a national champion gymnastics performer, have been selected for induction into the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

These nine legends, whose outstanding accomplishments in the world of athletics have brought distinction to the state of Delaware over the last half-century, have been selected for induction into the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame.

The nine standouts – Cliff Brumbaugh, Eric Cannon, Gary Chelosky, Cheryl Hamilton, Marcy Levine, Dave Raymond, Jonathan Stoklosa, Kevin Tresolini, and Caitlin “Poppy” Van Sickle, will be honored at the state’s premier sports banquet on Thursday, May 23 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

Tickets to the 48th annual banquet are $75 each with tables of 8 available for $550. Social hour, silent auction, and memorabilia display will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and ceremony at 6:45.

Tickets to the event go on sale beginning this Saturday, March 15 and can be purchased online at the DSMHOF website at www.desports.org/events. or by check (make out to DSMHOF and send to DSMHOF, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE 19801). The deadline for reserving tickets is May 17, 2024.

Advertising opportunities for the souvenir program, along with sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact DSMHOF Executive Director Scott Selheimer at desports@desports.org for details. 

Caitlin Van Sickle
Field Hockey Superstar Caitlin Van Sickle.
Photo by Suzette Wenger - Lancaster Online

Tickets Go On Sale March 15.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Chase Center on the Riverfront

815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 

Reception/Memorabilia Viewing 5:30 p.m. / Dinner: 6:45 p.m.   

Tickets are $75 each and $550 for a table of 8

Caitlin “Poppy” Van Sickle was a three-time first team All-American in field hockey at University of North Carolina and a member of the United State Olympic team in 2016. At Tower Hill, she was Delaware’s Player of the Year in two sports.

At Chapel Hill, she was three times the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and led the Tar Heels to the 2009 NCAA championship. She started all four years and earned first-team All-America, All-Atlantic Coast Conference, and All-ACC Tournament honors in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

She helped the Tar Heels to ACC titles in 2011 and 2012 and was the ACC Tournament MVP in 2012 as a senior. She assisted on the game-winning goal in the 2009 NCAA Championship and played in the title game all four years. UNC named its Defensive Player of the Year Award after her.

After graduating from UNC in 2013, Van Sickle played six years for the U.S. National Team. That run included 148 international caps and appearances at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru, where the U.S. won a bronze medal.

At Tower Hill, she was named the state’s player of the year in two sports – field hockey and lacrosse – and second-team All-State in basketball. An on-line publication named her Delaware’s high school athlete of the year for 2007-08. After retiring from her playing career in 2019, she turned to coaching, first as Director of Powerhouse Field Hockey Club in Wayne, Pa., then at Princeton in 2021, and since 2022, at her alma mater, University of North Carolina.

 

Cliff Brumbaugh played 16 seasons of professional baseball, including stints with the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies, followed by eight years in South Korea, Japan and Mexico, after leading the University of Delaware to a three-year record of 117-48 that included two North Atlantic Conference titles.

A third baseman, he was named third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1994 and second team in 1995. He was NAC player of the year in 1995 when he batted .442 with 56 RBI and a slugging percentage of .749 and led the NAC in runs, hits and doubles. He batted .413 as a sophomore with a .647 slugging percentage in 1994.

Selected by the Rangers in the 13th round in 1995, he was a league MVP and a five-time All-Star in the minor leagues and played in the Major Leagues with the Rangers and Rockies in 2001. He later played in Asia where he was a four-time All-Star, leading the Hyundai Unicorns to the Korean KBO League championship in 2003 and 2004, with OPS of .912 and 1.076. In 2003, he had the highest all-time batting average and most RBI in Korea Series Championship history.

He concluded his 16-season career with a combined batting average of .380, slugging percentage of .478 and OPS of .858. At William Penn High School, he led the state in batting (.509) and RBI and was first team All-State third baseman as a senior in 1992.

The most accomplished hurdler in Delaware history, Eric Cannon is a three-time All-American who finished second in the NCAA championships at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. As a Delcastle High School senior, he was the national high school indoor hurdles champion.

At Pittsburgh, he was a six-time All-American, two-time Big East champion, and two-time IC4A Champion. He holds four Pitt records, in the 110m high hurdles (13.21), where he broke the record held by Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom; the indoor 50-yard hurdles (6.24); and two relays, sprint hurdle (56.10) and sprint medley (3:18.41) As a senior, he led Pitt to the Big East track title, and was the leading athlete at the 1989 Big East championship meet, with two first places, a second, and a third.

He earned All-American status six times. In 1989, after winning the Penn Relays championship in the 110m high hurdles, he was second by .02 seconds in the NCAA championships. It was the third fastest time ever run by an American collegian, behind only winner Robert Reading and Renaldo Nehemiah. In 1986 and 1988, he finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in the NCAA indoor championships.

At Delcastle, he was National Scholastic Indoor Champion in the 55m high hurdles in :07.30, which remains the state record. His outdoor state record in the 110m high hurdles lasted for 34 years.

Gary Chelosky was a national record-setting youth swimmer who became a four-year all-American at the University of Florida, where he was named the university’s outstanding athlete as a senior.

The Salesianum School graduate was Southeastern Conference champion in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1972 (59.66), and in the 200-yard breaststroke in 1971 (2:11.5) and 1972 (2:08.5, an SEC record). He set the university record in those events and in the 200 individual medley for the national powerhouse Gators. He was named University of Florida’s outstanding athlete for 1971-72.

He represented the U.S. in the 1971 Pan-American games and was a finalist in the 1972 Olympic Trials. He was national masters 100-yard breaststroke champion for 25-29 year-olds in 1977.

He won all four events at the 1969 Delaware AAU championships. As a senior, he won all three events in the Delaware State Swimming Championships.

In 1962, he set a national AAU record for 10-and-under breaststroke. Tendinitis forced him to give gave up competitive swimming for four years.

Cheryl Hamilton has been an internationally recognized judge of elite gymnastics for over 45 years, officiating at four Olympics, world championship competitions in 21 countries and numerous World Cups. She was the USA Judge of Olympic competition at Tokyo (2021), Rio de Janeiro (2016), London (2012) and Atlanta (1996), continues to judge gymnastics at the highest international and national levels, and been appointed by the International Gymnastics Federation of Judges to be the USA Women’s Gymnastics judge at her fifth Olympics, in 2024 in Paris. She has judged World Championship competitions in nearly 20 countries.

She began teaching gymnastics in Delaware in 1973. In 1977, she began judging, became Delaware State Judging Director for 10 years, regional technical chair for the Mid-Atlantic Gymnastics Directors Association, as a judges’ assistant for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, National Technical Committee Chair for the USA Gymnastics for 30 years, leading to her invitation to international elite judging, beginning with her selection as Line Judge for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

She was one of two international judges asked to support a trial event in Tokyo to help the International Olympic Committee work through the challenges of hosting during Covid-19. At the 2023 World Cup in Cairo, she and a representative from Ukraine were chosen to administer the athletes’ oath at the opening ceremony. She has received two Gold Standard for Judging Awards from the International Gymnastics Federation of Judges, for unbiased and technical excellence. She played a major role in writing the Code of Points rule book for USA judges, for over a quarter century. This document covers scoring policies for every aspect of competition within the four key gymnastics areas; Floor Exercise, Beam Bars, and Vaulting. She continues to judge local, regional and Junior Olympic program competitions.

Marcy Levine, a Brandywine High School graduate, was a national women’s collegiate gymnastics champion in a career where she led Penn State to three national championships. As a Penn State frosh in 1979, she won the floor exercise at the national AIAW collegiate championships for the national champion Nittany Lions.

As a sophomore in 1980, she placed third in floor exercise and fourth in the all-around competition in the AIAW nationals, a week after she won the balance beam, floor exercise and the all-around titles at the Eastern Regional championships. As a junior in 1981, she finished second in floor exercise and third in all-around competition at the Eastern Regionals but did not compete at the AIAW meet due to injuries.

As a senior in 1982, she finished 12th in the overall competition to pace Penn State’s third-place NCAA finish. She was among the three finalists for the sport’s America Award, for performance in gymnastics, scholarship and leadership. At Brandywine, she was five times the state high school champion. In 10th grade, she qualified for the U.S. Masters Championships by finishing 18th in the U.S. Olympic Trials and a year later was among four girls selected by the U.S. Gymnastics Federation to compete internationally at the Sanlam Cup. As a senior, she won four events in the Eastern Regionals.

After completing her career at Penn State, she and her husband Tim Lucas established a gymnastics school in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The original Phillie Phanatic, Dave Raymond made the mascot one of the best-known in sports. He was named Best Mascot in Sports and Best Mascot Ever by several publications.

An intern with the Phillies, he was talked into working inside a newly designed mascot suit and worked his first game as the Phillie Phanatic in April 1978. He worked in that role through 1993, developing a character that became popular with all generations.

He then started his own business that designs and produces sports mascots. He has designed more than 130 mascots for pro and college teams, including the Miami Heat and Cincinnati Reds, as well as Gritty of the Philadelphia Flyers, and helped train those mascots. He became a sought-after speaker on how to bring fun into the workplace. He now focuses his work in consulting.

He helped create the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana in 2005, where he was an original inductee. The Phanatic appeared in a comic strip in The Philadelphia Inquirer and in television shows such as the Simpsons, ESPN Sports Center, the Goldbergs, 30 Rock, and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. As an athlete, he was the punter for the University of Delaware football team in 1976-77. At Newark High School, he was an all-conference kicker.

Jonathan Stoklosa won the gold medal at the Special Olympics World Summer Games and has excelled since in powerlifting competitions outside of Special Olympics.

Despite being the youngest and lightest in his weight class, he won a gold medal in the bench press with a lift of 285 points. His 340-pound dead lift earned him a bronze medal and he hoisted 240 pounds in the squat, earning him fourth place in that event.

His success in the World Games led him to enter powerlifting competitions outside of Special Olympics. His all-time best lifts have been 385 pounds in Squat, 425 in Bench Press and 425 in Dead Lift. He was a regular winner in Delaware Special Olympics competition and was named the 2006 Special Olympics Delaware Outstanding Athlete. He later won four gold medals at the 2010 USA Games. In the 2014 USA Games, he took three golds and a silver.

Born with Down Syndrome, he did not talk until he was 11. His accomplishments and dedication have been featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids, Powerlifting USA Magazine, NPR’s Only a Game, and other publications and news shows. He has also excelled in swimming, has trained as a boxer, and was a varsity wrestler at Newark High School. He speaks as an advocate and mentor for people with disabilities.

Over 43 years, Kevin Tresolini has reported on Delaware sports at all levels. He has been named Delaware Sportswriter of the Year a record 13 times over five decades by the National Sports Media Association. As The News Journal’s primary high school reporter from 1986 to 1999, Tresolini built a rep¬u¬tation for care, sensitivity and detail. He has covered University of Delaware basketball since 1993 and Blue Hen football since 1999 and has contributed to coverage of Philadelphia pro teams.

Gannett chose Tresolini from its hundreds of newspapers to cover six Olympics, where he provided stories on local athletes for the chain’s many markets, kept Delaware readers abreast of its Olympians, and wrote vivid, unique, often humorous Olympic Postcards about the scene.

The Associated Press Sports Editors has recognized Tresolini six times in its national Top 10 writing awards, with three top-three citations, among them stories on the danger of cutting weight in wrestling, developmental issues for female distance runners; a coach raising two sons after his wife’s sudden death; a three-sport high school star’s heart attack and subsequent recovery from the brink of death; K.C. Keeler’s stunning firing as Delaware football coach; and a look back at the 1914 death of a Wilmington Friends graduate playing football for Johns Hopkins.

The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association has also frequently cited Tresolini in its annual awards, including stories on the death of a racehorse at Delaware Park under mysterious conditions, two state wrestling champions overcoming family trauma, a high school lacrosse player succeeding in a sport that his late father adored though it left him paralyzed, and a compilation of Delaware’s all-time best 100 athletes, teams, and coaches.