Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1983 following a brilliant career as a wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns from 1964-69 and again in 1976-77 and an interim stint with the two-time Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins. Compiled career totals of 427 receptions, 85 touchdowns and 8,565 yards gained. His career average of 20.1 yards gained per catch set an NFL record as did his feat of averaging over 20 yards per catch for seven consecutive seasons.
Defeated all comers in the 118-lb. (bantamweight) division at the 1936 Chicago Olympic trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team for the Berlin Games. In a close decision which required contestants to box an extra round to determine the winner, he captured the bronze medal for his country at the Olympics.
Began a fast-pitch softball career with Stepka Hats in 1931, which led to his induction into the Lakewood Hall of Fame only eight years later. Played for championship Comella Sports in 1932, then for the next ten seasons with Midland Steel. Wound up his career with the prestigious Weaver Walls team in Cleveland.
Danny Weiler won his 3,000th career victory at the age of 46 in 1983, enroute to becoming one of just 36 riders in thoroughbred racing history to have ridden over 3,500 winners. A large percentage of those victories came at Cleveland’s Thistledown Race Track where he won over a dozen Thistledown meet titles, beginning in 1960. He got a strong leg up on those many triumphs on August 12, 1961 by winning six races in one day, a feat accomplished just nine times in the track’s long history. He was also a four-time winner of Thistledown’s long-prestigious darling Nellie Gray Handicap.
An all-scholastic basketball player and captain of the 1922-23 Cathedral Latin High School team, Ray Zorman became a two-time (1926 and 1927) all-city and all-Ohio cage star at John Carroll University. In the ensuing eight years he played on three Muny League, two Northeastern Ohio AAU and one Industrial League championship teams in Cleveland. Also was an excellent baseball player, he played professionally for four seasons.
Marge Wood played in nine World Softball tournaments as an outfielder and pitcher, and on an equal number of Metropolitan Cleveland championship teams between 1936 and 1951. She threw numerous no-hitters, several in World Tournament competition, and averaged ten strikeouts per game. Marge once hit four home runs in four at bats for the Rosenblums in a championship qualifier contest.
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