Honoring Palm Beach County Sports Legends
The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of local athletes, coaches, administrators, media, and others in the field of sports.
Established in 1977
In 1977 after years of covering local sports, veteran sportswriter Chuck Otterson decided the time was right to formally recognize the accomplishments of area athletes. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has been involved with this event since 2004, developing it to the successful program it is today.
Nominations are made by the general public and members of the Hall of Fame Committee. Candidates must have been born, attended school, or achieved their major sports accomplishment in Palm Beach County in order to be considered for the Hall of Fame. Nominations are reviewed and committee members and past inductees select the individuals welcomed annually into the Hall of Fame.
Annual Recognition Banquet
Each year in early spring the inductees are honored at a gala banquet. Their lifetime of outstanding contributions in sports is recognized as they are inducted into the elite membership of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. Also honored during this banquet is Palm Beach County’s Amateur Athlete of the Year, Professional Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Outstanding Sports Contributor, High School Coach of the Year, High School Athlete of the Year and Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.
Roger Dean Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins Spring Training, became the permanent site of the Palm Beach County Sport Hall of Fame in 2004. Banners commemorating inductees for each year from 1977 hang around the stadium concourse and are viewed each year by hundreds of thousands of people attending events at the stadium.
The Hall of Fame Committee continues to perpetuate the memories of departed Hall of Fame Members with the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame "Paver Program". The program consists of a brick that has the name of the deceased member and the year of induction into the Hall of Fame engraved on the stone. The City of West Palm Beach has kindly donated prime space in Centennial Square downtown to allow a permanent memorial of inductees that have passed away.
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Reidel Anthony was a star football player for Glades Central High School from 1991-1994 where he achieved All-State and All-American honors. Anthony earned a scholarship to play football for the University of Florida from 1994-1996 where he was named All SEC and All-American. In 1996, he led the Gators to a 12-1 record to win the national championship. That year he made 72 catches for 1,293 yards and led the SEC with 18 touchdowns. In 1997 he was drafted in the first round (16th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he made the All Rookie NFL Team. During his playing career at Tampa, Anthony had a career 144 receptions and 1,846 yards with 16 touchdowns. Anthony was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 2009 and in 2010 was honored as an SEC Legend. After five years with the Buccaneers, Anthony retired from pro football and is now a businessman living in Tampa.
Ramona Saridakis Bean
At eight years old, Ramona joined the Palm Beach County’s student-athlete community. Through junior high she represented her school and Palm Beach County in the national Junior Olympics and AAU track and cross country meets. She finished second in the nation and broke the Florida record in the 3000m for her age division. In high school, Ramona earned cross country individual state champion titles three times and led the Cardinal Newman team to the state title. In track, she was Florida’s four-time state champion in 3200m and three-time state champion in 1600m. She was the state champion in the 1995 “Meet of State Champions” for 1600m and 3200m. Ramona earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida where she continued to represent Palm Beach County as an integral member of an elite team that produced several SEC championships.
A multi-sport star at Cardinal Newman High School and Georgetown University, Bogdanski played offense and defense in football, earning All-conference and All-region honors, including four-year captain of his tennis team. In 1968, he was the Miami Herald’s Player of the Week in four different sports, including basketball and golf. At Georgetown, he became a three-year letterman in tennis and football. As a wide receiver for the Hoyas, Bogdanski set a career mark of 18.2 yards per catch which still ranks third all time in school history. In 1992 Bogdanski was inducted into the Georgetown University Hall of Fame as a wide receiver.
In addition to consulting with husband Pete in his golf course design work, Alice established an outstanding playing record and is a member of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. She won the Florida Women’s State Amateur in 1973, 1974 and 1979, the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in 1978, 1979, and several other national and international titles. She was the 1979 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Amateur Athlete of the Year. PGA of America awarded Alice Dye the First Lady of Golf in 2004 and she was the first woman to serve as an Independent Director for the organization.
Pete Dye has been a resident of Palm Beach County since 1932. He is one of the most famous golf course designers in the world. Jack Nicklaus has said that all golfers should be thankful for the contributions Pete Dye made to the game of golf and golf course design. One of Dye’s early designs was Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana which hosted the 1991 PGA Championship won by John Daly. He also partnered with Jack Nicklaus and designed the Harbour Town Golf Links which is the site of an annual PGA Tour event. Most famously, Dye is credited with designing the “world’s most terrifying tee shot”, known as the “Island Green”. It is the 17th hole at TPC at Sawgrass located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In addition to numerous national and international honors for his work, Dye has received the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award, is recognized as an inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame, and has been named Architect of the Year by Golf Magazine.
O’Neal grew up in West Palm Beach, attending John I. Leonard High School and Palm Beach Community College. O’Neal spent seven seasons as pitcher in the major leagues, playing for five teams. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1981 amateur draft and made his Major League Baseball debut with the Tigers in 1984. His first start clinched the AL East. He played for the Tigers until 1986, where he compiled a 10-13 record in 26 starts. He also played for the Braves, Cardinals, Phillies and Giants and finished with a 17-19 record, three saves, and a 4.35 ERA in 142 games. He currently resides in Orlando, where he coaches baseball at Olympia High School.
Donald Blaze Thompson
Blaze Thompson is synonymous with Pahokee High School football. He has been head coach since 2007 but has been involved with the highly successful program for almost three decades. A member of the class of 1988, Thompson was an All-State center during his playing days at Pahokee. When Thompson served as an assistant coach for the Blue Devils, the team won state titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and finished as state finalists in 1998 and 2005. After taking the reins as head coach, the Blue Devils won the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state championships in 2007 and 2008 and the Adidas 7-on-7 National Championship. Thompson has received numerous honors for his coaching prowess, including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, High School Coach of the Year for the 2007 school year. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, he has been Dean of Students at Pahokee High School since 2011.
2014 Annual Sports Award Finalists
High School Athlete of the Year-(Female)
Michelle Howell, Seminole Ridge (Track and Field)
Seminole Ridge track & field star, Michelle Howell, won the Class 4A state title in the 800-meter run (2:10.12) as well as county, district and regional championships in her senior year.
Morgan Lauer, Seminole Ridge (Flag Football)
The junior quarterback for Seminole Ridge’s flag football team, Morgan Lauer, completed 315 passes for 3,046 yards with 58 touchdowns. She also rushed 45 times for 425 yards and 9 touchdowns. She led Seminole Ridge to a 19-0 record and its second consecutive state title.
Rasheeda McAdoo, American Heritage-Delray (Tennis)
The American Heritage star tennis player, Rasheeda McAdoo, won the Class 1A state singles and doubles title in 2013. She finished the year with an amazing 29-0 record.
High School Athlete of the Year-(Male)
Daniel Parr, William T. Dwyer (Football)
William T. Dwyer junior quarterback, Daniel Parr, passed for more than 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns in his first year as the starting quarterback. Parr led the Panthers to their first undefeated season (15-0) and second state title.
Travis Rudolph, Cardinal Newman (Football)
In his senior season at Cardinal Newman, Travis Rudolph set school records with 1,237 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, finishing with a team-high 63 catches. Travis led the Crusaders to their first district title since 2004. Rudolph won the 2013 Lou Groza High School Player of the Year Award.
Jesse Stephanos, Jupiter (Wrestling)
Jupiter standout wrestler, Jesse Stephanos, finished the year with a perfect 61-0 record en route to winning a Class 3A wrestling state championship. Jesse won the 162-pound title with a decisive 6-0 decision. Jesse has won 234 matches over his high school career which is a Palm Beach County record.
Andrews-Ceravolo High School Coach of the Year
Austin Bowe, Seminole Ridge (Flag Football)
The Seminole Ridge flag football coach, Austin Bowe, led the Hawks to a dominating 19-0 record and a second consecutive state title after defeating Mandarin 27-6 in the finals. Seminole Ridge outscored opponents 637-20 during the season, including 80-6 in three playoff games.
Jack Daniels, William T. Dwyer (Football)
Legendary football coach, Jack Daniels, led William T. Dwyer to a 15-0 record, winning the Class 7A state championship after defeating Niceville 55-39. Dwyer outscored their opponents in 2013 by a combined score of 647 -15. The undefeated season represented the first in Panther’s history.
Kevin Drake, American Heritage-Delray (Softball)
The American Heritage softball team finished its season with a remarkable 22-6 record and their third consecutive state championship under the leadership of Coach Kevin Drake. American Heritage was victorious over Jacksonville-Bishop Snyder by a 1-0 score in the Class 3A final. The Stallions outscored their opponents 47-5 in six playoff games.
Coach of the Year
Kyle Forbes, Palm Beach State College (Baseball)
The Palm Beach State College baseball team had a history-making year in 2013. Coach Kyle Forbes guided the team to their first FCSAA state title, since 1984 and the team's first ever appearance in the NJCAA JUCO World Series. Forbes was named FCSAA Baseball Coach of the Year and was also selected as the Diamond/ABCA Regional Coach of the Year. Forbes’ overall record as a collegiate head coach now stands at 350-255 (.578).
John McCormack, Florida Atlantic University (Baseball)
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) won their first Sun Belt Conference baseball championship, finishing with a 42-22 record in Coach John McCormack’s fifth season at the helm. It was the first 40-win season for FAU, who won 14 of their last 16 games. FAU competed in the NCAA regionals, one of two teams in the state of Florida to advance to the regional championship game.
Danny Randolph, Lynn University (Golf)
The 2013 season will go down as one of the most memorable for Coach Danny Randolph and Lynn University’s women’s golf team. The Fighting Knights won their first NCAA Division II National Championship, since 1997, defeating four-time defending champion Nova Southeastern. During the regular season, Lynn won a program record six out of 11 tournaments.
Amateur Athlete of the Year
Tre Mason - Football
The former Park Vista High School star continues to impress while at Auburn. The 5-10, 205-pound junior running back was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2013. Mason rushed for 1,621 yards on 283 carries (124.7 yards/game). He also had a team-high 15 kickoff returns for 395 yards and 1 TD. Mason punctuated his outstanding season in the SEC Championship Game against Missouri, rushing 46 times for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns. Mason set 2 Auburn records in 2013 – rushing TDs in a season (22) and all-purpose yards (2,137 yards) – surpassing Bo Jackson in both categories. Mason was a first-team All-SEC selection.
Professional Athlete of the Year
As the starting catcher for the Boston Red Sox in 2013, Jarrod Saltalamacchia led the Red Sox to their third World Series Championship in the last 10 years. The Royal Palm Beach High School graduate played 121 games and finished with a .273 batting average, 14 home runs and 65 RBIs. The Wellington resident also smashed 40 doubles, scored 68 runs and had a .466 slugging percentage. He was considered an offensive threat among catchers in 2013, finishing second in doubles, fourth in slugging, ninth in RBIs and 13th in home runs. Jarrod was selected in the first round of the 2003 amateur draft (36th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. In the off-season, Saltalamacchia signed a three-year contract with the Miami Marlins.
Outstanding Sports Contributor
Inner City Youth Golfers, Inc. - Malachi Knowles
Founder of Inner City Youth Golfers’, Inc., the African American Golfers Hall of Fame and the African American Collegiate & Youth Golfers Hall of Fame, Malachi Knowles has made a great impact in Palm Beach County. Malachi founded the Inner City Youth Golfers, Inc. (ICYG) with a vision to make inner cities better places to live, work, and enjoy life through the sport of golf. ICYG is specifically an academic excellence and golf program that uses the excitement, etiquette, rules, behavior, dress, and manner about golf to help teach inner city children and make them future role models. ICYG provides golf on a scheduled basis after school, on the weekends, and holidays. School teachers, law enforcement officials, and community role models serve as mentors while professional and amateur golfers provide golf instructions. Uniquely, ICYG has developed its own initiative: “Say NO To Drugs – Say YES To Education, Culture & Golf” in order to grow the game of golf and promote the positive aspects of life. ICYG has served as the “youth golf clinician” for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s “Kids Fitness Festival” since 2003.
Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsports Award
Widely considered one of motorsports’ leading race and development drivers, Jupiter resident Shane Lewis started racing in 1989. His impressive resume includes championships around the world including both the American and European LeMans series, the Rolex Sports Car Series including a victory at the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona and a win at the Dunlop 24 Hour at Dubai.Shane can certainly be considered a specialist in the 24-hour events, having competed in 34 of these grueling races with victories at Daytona, Nurburgring, and three wins at the Dubai 24. He has been equally successful in the 12-hour races, competing eight times at Sebring and seven times in the Petit LeMans with a victory at the 12 Hours of Magy Cours in France. Lewis has successfully raced every major class of sports cars in every major international series. His skills are often in demand for everything from a NASCAR Sprint Cup car to open wheel machines and prototypes, even the Pikes Peak hill climb. When not competing, Lewis is one of the most sought-after set-up and personal race car driving coaches in the business. He teaches performance driving to Palm Beach Driving Club members as the resident club pro at Palm Beach International Raceway, his home track.Using the attention his racing success has brought, Shane has enthusiastically supported charities around the world, but his passion is giving back to the local community, supporting organizations from the Big Dog Ranch Rescue to the Boys and Girls Club.
His past driving honors include the Professional Sports Car Racing Rising Star Award, the IMSA Driver of the Year, and now we add the 2014 Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsports Award.
Special Olympics Athlete of the Year Award
Bridget Manken has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 20 years, making a name for herself both as an athlete and an advocate. On the athletics side, Bridget is a two-sport athlete, competing in bowling during the summer and on the track in the winter. In 2013, Bridget competed in both the 100 meter and 200 meter wheelchair races, and took home the gold medal in both. She even wants to compete in the 400 meters, but so far she’s the only willing Palm Beach County racer. When not competing, Bridget serves on the Athlete Leadership Program, which provides athletes with opportunities to work within Special Olympics in aspects beyond just competition. As an Athlete Leader, Bridget loves to get out in the community. This year she helped sell torches at Publix, worked the Country Club Classic Pro-Am at the Fountains, sold raffle tickets to players at the Aces for Athletes poker tournament at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, and personally raised nearly $2,000 while running for Sweetheart Queen at the Eagles Club. She is grateful that the Special Olympics has given her the opportunity to do things and go places that she may never have had the chance to do otherwise.