18 Jewish Athletes to Be Inducted in Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at Wingate School in Netanya, Israel
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18 Jewish Athletes to Be Inducted in Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at Wingate School in Netanya, Israel

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Eighteen persons have been named for induction into the newly-created International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced here today by Joseph Siegman, of Los Angeles, chairman of the executive board. The induction center will take place at the Wingate School of Physical Education in Netanya, Israel, on July 7, 1981 during the International Maccabiah Games.

Siegman, who conceived of the US-Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, said that the 28 Americans enshrined in the first two years, when electors considered only American citizens, will also be inducted into the International Hall located at Wingate. It was agreed by the Selection Committee that the designees for 1981 would not include any Americans.


The 18 being inducted next July are:

Daniel Mendoza, Great Britain, Boxing, 1764-1836; considered the father of Scientific Boxing. Acclaimed throughout the British Isles as the world’s greatest fighter.

Irina Kirszenstein-Szewinska, Poland, Track and Field; 1964, 1968 Olympics gold medal winner.

Agnes Keleti, Hungary, Gymnastics, 1952, 1956 Olympics gold medal winner.

Angelica Rozeanu, Rumania and Viktor Bernd, Hungary, Table-Tennis.

Fanny Rosenfeld, Canada, Track and Field, 1928 Olympics gold medal winner.

Alfred Hajos-Guttman, Hungary, Swimming, 1896 Olympics gold medal winner.

Elias Katz, Finland, Track and Field, 1924 Olympics gold medal. He was killed in the 1948-49 conflict against the Arabs.

Alfred Flatow, Germany, Gymnastics, 1896 Olympics gold medal.

Eva Szekely, Hungary, Swimming, 1952 Olympics gold medal.

Sir Ludwig Gutmann, Great Britain, Handicapped; for work in promoting handicapped sports competition.

Zvi Nishri, Israel, Life-Time Achievements Father of Physical Education movement in Palestine.

Harold Abrahams, Great Britain, Track and Field, 1924 Olympics gold medal.

Leon Rotman, Rumania, Canoe, 1956 Olympics gold medal.

Hugo Meisl, Austria, Soccer, one of the foremost European Soccer Coaches.

Alexander Gomelski, USSR, Basketball, Several times Basketball Coach of Russian Olympic Team, acknowledged to be the developer of Russian basketball as an entity in International competition.

Angela Buxton, Great Britain, Tennis, Wimbledon doubles champion with Althea Gibson, USA, ranked both Internationally during her heyday.

Louis Rubinstein, Canada, Ice Skating, Introduced Ice Skating competition in Canada 100 years ago.

Bela Gutmann, Hungary-Austria, Soccer, Member of famous Vienna Hokoch eleven and for many years top flight soccer coach in Europe and South America.

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