Who were most prominent 20th-century sports heroes in York and Adams counties?

The York Sunday New rated Bob Hoffman, founder of York Barbell, at the top of the top 10 York and Adams counties sports figures in the 20th century. Background posts: Lineup full of stars with York County links, Author muscles way into York’s body building world and Richard Nixon’s visit to his namesake park sparks memories.

The York Daily Record/Sunday News publication of the 25 most influential people in York County sparked much community discussion.
The same was true in 2000 when the York Sunday News issued its list of the 20th-century’s top 10 sports people.
Bob Hoffman headed the list on the strength of his role as five-time Olympic weightlifting coach and his founding of York Barbell.
His selection – and others in the top 10 – brought accord and also disagreement… .

Chris Doleman is not only in William Penn Hall of Fame but also has been named to the NFL Hall of Fame.

One letter writer thought a criterion was that those on the list were born and raised in York County. Hoffman was a native of Georgia, but lived most of his adult life in York County.
Another fan wrote: “How could you leave off (former professional baseball player) Vic Wertz?”

Here is the rest of the list, as published in the York Sunday News on Jan. 2, 2000:
Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympian and recipient of many honors, including the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 1996 Espy Awards on ESPN.
Eddie Plank, the only resident of York and Adams County to make it to the baseball Hall of Fame.
Chris Doleman, longtime Minnesota Vikings’ lineman who ended his career near the top of the NFL’s all-time quarterback sack list.
Scott Strausbaugh, listed as the only York County native to win an Olympic gold medal in the two-man canoe slalom in 1992.
Earl Shaffer, the first solo hiker of the Appalachian Trail, in 1948.
Lawrence Sheppard and Hanover Shoe Farms , the driving force behind numerous Standardbred harness racing champions and stakes winners.
Lefty George, a five-decade minor and major league baseball player who won 327 games from 1906 to 1944.
Ron Wolf, a New Freedom native and general manager of the Packers 1997 Super Bowl team.
Hinkey Haines, played for New York teams – the Giants and Yankees – that won championship in both football and baseball.


Edited, 2/5/12

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6 Responses to Who were most prominent 20th-century sports heroes in York and Adams counties?

  1. Bill Landes says:

    Lil E Tee

  2. dexter sternbergh says:

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Scott Fitzkee
    No. 81
    Wide receiver
    Personal information
    Date of birth: April 8, 1957 (age 56)
    Place of birth: York, Pennsylvania
    Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
    Career information
    College: Penn State
    NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 5 / Pick: 126
    Debuted in 1979 for the Philadelphia Eagles
    Last played in 1985 for the Baltimore Stars
    Career history

    Philadelphia Eagles (1979-1980)
    San Diego Chargers (1981-1982)
    Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (1983-1985) (USFL)

    Career NFL statistics
    Stats at NFL.com
    Stats at pro-football-reference.com

    Scott Austin Fitzkee (born April 8, 1957 in York, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football wide receiver. He played in both the National Football League (NFL) and United States Football League (USFL) and starred at Penn State University in 1978. In the NFL, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers, and in the USFL, he played for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars.

  3. dexter sternbergh says:

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Quin-Tones were an American doo wop group from York, Pennsylvania.

    1 History
    2 Members
    3 References
    4 External links


    The group’s members all attended William Penn High School in York, and originally formed under the name The Quinteros to sing at local functions. Paul Landersman, a disc jockey at WHGB in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania became their manager and had them record four songs. The first to be released was “Ding Dong”, issued on Chess Records in 1958; the song did not chart but the group received some notice for the tune.[1]

    “Down the Aisle of Love” was the next single, a marriage song which opened with the melody of “Here Comes the Bride”. It was initially released on Red Top Records but, once it started to sell, was redistributed by Hunt Records. The song became a nationwide hit, reaching #5 on the U.S. Black Singles chart and #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Following this the group appeared on American Bandstand and toured the country, including an August 23, 1958 show at the Apollo Theater with The Coasters, The Olympics, The Spaniels, and The Chantels, at which they received a standing ovation.[1]

    “There Be No Sorrow” and “Heavenly Father”, follow-up singles recorded under new management, failed to chart. The group never recorded after this, having only released five singles, and broke up in 1960 when lead vocalist Roberta Haymon married.

    The group reunited in 1986, and continued with an altered lineup into the 1990s; some of the original members died in this decade. Phyliss Carr managed the band in the 1980s and 1990s after retiring from performance; she died in 2006 from breast cancer.

  4. jon ballwanz says:

    You guys forgot about johnny Taylor
    Wcw superstar and pro wrestler for over 20 years.

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