Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Holding Sixth Induction Ceremony November 12

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Larry Bowa and Tommy Lasorda offer Phillies-Dodgers NLCS Flavor to Class VI

The Induction Ceremony has evolved into an annual reunion to honor the new Inductees

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 6th annual Induction Ceremony on November 12, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing. This year's event will honor the members of Inductee Class VI. The new class, including one team and 14 individuals, joins the 84 current members of the Philly Hall.

This year's class includes: Tommy Lasorda, Julius "Judy" Johnson, Eddie Collins, Larry Bowa, Neil Johnston, Emlen Tunnell, Pete Retzlaff, John Cappelletti, Dr. Charles Jenkins, Mel Sheppard, Joey Giardello, Betty Shellenberger, Merrill Reese, Bill Conlin and the 1973-75 Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers.

"The Induction Ceremony has evolved into an annual reunion to honor the new Inductees," said Steve Tallant Vice-President of Foundation Development for the Hall of Fame. "Each year past inductees and other sports legends join the new class and we're thrilled to be able to share such a great event with Philly sports fans. This year's class has the irony of including two inductees, Larry Bowa and Tommy Lasorda, who have current relationships with the Phillies National League Championship Series foes, the LA Dodgers."

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.

Also honored at the ceremony are the 2009 Pride of Philadelphia Award winners, the 2008-09 Final Four Villanova Mens basketballl team, 2008-09 Archbishop Carroll Boys and Girls Class AAA Pennsylvania Stata Champions basketball teams and 2009 Pennsylvania and US Golden Gloves champion, boxer Miguel Cartagena

"Tickets to the ceremony are really picking up," continued Tallant, "Last year's Induction Ceremony sold out three weeks in advance and we anticipate another sellout this year."

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

http://www.phillyhall.org/class6 or by calling (215) 923-5121 Ext. 1.

Summary profiles of the Class VI Inductees and a complete Hall of Fame roster are available below.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. Founded in 2002, it is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Organizations, the Maxwell Club, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and the International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame. For More information visit: http://www.phillyhof.org/

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