Palm Beach County Sports Commission
Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Reveals the 2014 Hall of Fame Class including former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Reidel Anthony, World Famous Golf Course Designer Pete Dye, and the First Lady of Golf Alice Dye
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announces its 2014 Sports Hall of Fame inductees including Glades Central High School football star Reidel Anthony, Golf Magazine’s Architect of the Year Pete Dye, and Indiana Golf Hall of Fame member Alice Dye. The seven inductees will join a legendary list, dating back to 1977, of those that have achieved excellence in the world of sports. The induction ceremony will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on the evening of March 23, 2014 and is presented by Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey and Fronrath.
“The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees represent an elite class of athletes and individuals who have a passion for and commitment to sports. Each person represents the diversity of talent prevalent in Palm Beach County,” said Joe Ceravolo, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee. “We are proud to have them as part of our community and honored to have them join the other 258 accomplished athletes and professionals that are members of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame.”
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.
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.
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.
Completing the prominent class of 2014 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame inductees:
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.
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.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and any additional information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s 38th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, please contact the PBCSC at 561.233.3180 or visit www.PalmBeachSports.com.
About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame, and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.