Montco Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame


Class of 2012 Bio's


 Henry (Hank) King

Upper Merion High School: Baseball


High School Career:

    • Lettered in Football, Basketball and Baseball

Professional Career:

    • Played MLB with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, 1962 – 1968

Professional Scouting Career:

    • Began with the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1975
    • Became an advanced scout for Phillies in 1984, a position he held for 24 years
    • One of five Phillies scouts who scouted Tampa Bay Rays for the 2008 World Series
    • Involved with the Phillies for 3 National League Championships and for 2 World Series Championships.


    • Received the prestigious George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award for Scouting by the Professional Baseball Scout Foundation
    • Upper Merion High School sports Hall of Fame

Kim Gallagher (deceased)

Upper Dublin High School: Track & Field


Ambler Olympic Club (AAU):

·  National record in mile for 8 year old

·  National record in 800m for 11-12 year old

High School Career:

    • High School All-American
    • Set National records in 800 meters and 3200 meter relay
    • Won 12 PIAA State Championships in Track and Cross Country
    • PIAA State records in 800 meters, 1600 meters, 1600 meters relay and 3200 meters relay


    • Two time Olympian – 1984, 1988
    • Won silver medal in Los Angeles in 1984
    • Won bronze medal in Seoul in 1988


    • PA Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame
    • Penn Relays Hall of Fame
    • Upper Dublin Athletic Hall of Fame

William ‘Bill’ Bartle

North Penn High School: Swimming


High School Career:

    • High School All-American 4 years, 1975-1978
    • 8 PIAA Championship medals - 5 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze

Coaching Career:

    • Reading High School (1985-1994)
    • PIAA State Champions 1989
    • 6 District Team Championships
    • 17 High School All-Americans
    • 2 Water Polo All-Americans
    • North Penn High School (1994-2000) – Record 81-0
    • Number 1 raked team in the Nation NISCA Power Points – 2000
    • State Championship Teams – 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000. Runner up 1996
    • 6 District Championships
    • 6 League Championships
    • 6 State Championships in Water Polo - 5 girls, 1 boys
    • 16 Water Polo All-Americans


    • 6 times coach of the year
    • North Penn High School Hall of Fame
    • North Penn/Souderton Hall of Fame
    • Berks County Hall of Fame
    • David H Robertson Award – NISA Excellence in coaching


Bob Bloss



    • Sports announcer for Temple University Football and Basketball and Sports editor for Temple University Yearbook (Templar) from 1953-1957
    • Sports announcer for WIKK-AM Radio, Erie, PA (1954-56), WDEL-AM Radio, Wilmington, DE (1957), WHYY-TV and WHYY-FM, Philadelphia, PA (1957-62)

Montgomery County assignments:

    • North Penn Reporter (1961)
    • Bux-Mont Football WNPV Radio (1962-73)
    • Bux-Mont Game of the Week
    • Perkiomen Valley Twilight Baseball League All-Star game
    • WIFI-FM Radio (1968-69)
    • Upper Perkiomen High School Basketball
    • Public Address Announcer for Montgomery County All-Star Football game (1968-1988)
    • Philadelphia Bulldogs (1966-67)
    • Writer for Phillies Report newspaper and engaged in the writing of 2 baseball books, “Baseball Managers” and “Rookies of the Year”


John King

Upper Merion High School: Football/Baseball/Basketball


High School Career:

    • 9 Varsity Letters, 3 each in football, baseball and basketball
    • Team Captain in all 3 sports
    • All-Suburban 1 in Baseball (1973-75)
    • All-Suburban 1 in Football (1973-74)
    • Winner of William F Dannehower Award

College Career: Brown University

    • Four year starter in baseball at Brown University
    • 2 Varsity letters in football
    • 3 Times All Ivy League selection – 1st team
    • Blair Bat award – Top Hitter in Ivy League
    • Ivy League career Home Run record (32)
    • 2nd in nation for Batting Average
    • McDonald’s 1st team All-American


    • Upper Merion High School Hall of Fame
    • Brown University Hall of Fame for both baseball and football
    • Selected by Brown Sports Foundation as one of the best 100 athletes in the last century for all sports
    • Perkiomen Valley Twilight League All-Star, 3 time batting champion and 2 time MVP.

Bonnie Smith Taylor

Norristown High School: Field Hockey/Swimming


High School Career:

    • Lettered in Field Hockey
    • Lettered in Swimming

College Career: Temple University

    • Member of Swimming and Field Hockey Teams
    • Captain of Field Hockey team
    • Selected All-College 1st team (1966-67)
    • Selected All-Philadelphia 2nd team (1964-65)
    • Set Collegiate Backstroke record for 100 meters (1968)

Professional Career:

    • Philadelphia Sectional 1st team (1967-75)
    • US National Team (1966-75) played in 41 cup games on International level including World Cup in Holland, New Zealand, Canada and Germany
    • Selected Team Captain in 1972

Coaching Career:

    • Initiated summer Field Hockey league at Elmwood Park
    • Coached High School Field Hockey (1966–81)
    • Coached Philadelphia’s 1st Field Hockey Team

    • Coached 2 National Championship Field Hockey Teams (1976-77)
    • Olympic Development Coaching Staff (1976-84)
    • Staff of US Olympic Festivals (Huston, Oklahoma & Atlanta)


Unsung Hero Award

Richard (Dick) Ritting

Cheltenham Jay Vees Boys Club/PA Sports Hall of Fame



High School:

·       Northeast High – lettered in Football, Baseball and Track & Field

·       Member of City Championship team in FootbUmpiring: Field Hockey & Lacrosse

    • Umpired 26 years at Level 2 Field Hockey
    • Umpired 13 years at Level in Lacrosse
    • President of Abington Chapter of Umpires


    • Member of US Field Hockey Hall of Fame
    • Temple University Hall of Fame
    • Norristown High School Hall of Fame

Wallace (Wally) Triplett

Cheltenham High School: Football


High School Career:

    • Lettered in 3 sports
    • Selected All-State in Football

College Career: Penn State

    • First African American to play football for Penn State – (1945-49)
    • He along with Dennis Hoggard were attributed with the now famous “We Are Penn State” as a response to college football segregation
    • Member of Penn State 1947 undefeated team
    • Played in Cotton Bowl Vs. SMU – 1947

Professional Career:

    • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1949
    • Played for Detroit Lions and the Chicago Cardinals (1949-53)
    • Hold’s Detroit Lions single game record for kickoff return yards – 294 yards
    • Held Detroit Lions record for longest run from scrimmage – 80 yard TD


    • First African American drafted in the NFL, his portrait hangs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
    • Cheltenham Alumni Hall of Fame


 all - 1942

·       Member of City Championship team in Track & Field -1943

·       Placed 2nd in High Jump in City Championships – 1943 / Note: winner set new high jump high school record beating his jump by ½”.


·       US Navy 1943-1946

·       US Navy Baseball team during World War II – was a walk on starter during the war when all branches of the military were comprised of profession ball players including players such as Ted Williams.

Semi-Pro Career:

·       Played semi-pro football for the Cheltenham Jay Vees for over 20 years – 2 way player.

·       Played semi-pro baseball for the Cheltenham Jay Vees in the Suburban and Penn Del leagues for over 30 years.

·       Voted MVP in 1957 for Jay Vees.

·       Player/Coach for the Cheltenham Jay Vees during son David’s years with Jay Vees.

Volunteer History

·       Board of Directors for the Cheltenham Jay Vees for over 35 years.

·       Pa Sports Hall of Fame – Board of Directors, Philadelphia Chapter for 25 years.

·       Pa Sports Hall of Fame – Regional VP for 10 years.

·       American Legion – executive board for 10 years and counting.