Phila. Black Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony set
Black History Month is a great time to recognize some outstanding African Americans. The Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame will honor some outstanding basketball players on Sunday, Feb. 17 at HERO Community Center located 3439 N. 17th St. The third annual induction ceremony will start 2 p.m.
A list of 25 sensational basketball players over the last 50 years will be enshrined at this special event. Tee Shields, a former West Philadelphia High and South Carolina State star, will be on of the inductees. Shields will be recognized for his talents as a basketball player and summer league coach in the Sonny Hill League. Shields played against some magnificent high school players during the late 1950s.
“Our rivalry was with Overbrook,” Shields said. “We had some big games with them. They had Wali [Jones], Hazz [Walt Hazzard], Wayne Hightower, Ralph Heyward and James Reese. I also played against Obie Snyder who went to Germantown and Earl Proctor. In the Catholic League, they Frank Coard and Jim Boyle.”
After a fine scholastic career, Shields played for South Carolina State, which had a lot of Philadelphia players who starred down there.
“We had Frank Card, Paul Jackson, Deforia Coleman, Jim English, Jimmy Henderson, Bill Morgan, Matt Jackson, Sonny Jackson and Bobby Lewis,” Shields said. We had a nice crew that played down there.”
Shields had a big impact coaching a lot of young players in the Sonny Hill League.
“It was a great honor,” Shields said. “In my experience, I never thought about being a coach. I was brought into coaching by my mentor Claude Gross. He got me into coaching about 50 years ago. It turned out well. We had a lot of guys like Clarence Tillman, Mo Howard, Andre McCarter and Roland “Tree” Grant.”
Some of the honorees include: Ted Blunt (Simon Gratz, Winston-Salem State), Robert Vanderhost (Simon Gratz, Delaware State), Maurice “Mo” Howard (St. Joseph’s Prep, Maryland, NBA), Horace Owens (Dobbins, Rhode Island), Steve Black (Overbrook, La Salle), Mike Anderson (Engineering & Science, Drexel, NBA), Cuttino Mobley (Cardinal Dougherty, Rhode Island, NBA), Aaron McKie (Simon Gratz, Temple, NBA), Ronald “Flip” Murray (Strawberry Mansion, Shaw University, NBA), Omar Thomas (Strawberry Mansion, Texas El Paso, FIBA) and others.
Admission to the ceremony is $50.00. For more information, contact (267) 251-1355.
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