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2016 Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable 3rd Annual Hall of Fame Ballot

In Misc Philly Sports, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies, Philly Pressbox, Philly Pressbox Radio on July 27, 2016 at 8:51 pm

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Welcome to the 3rd annual Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable Hall of Fame voting ballot.

As a review in 2014 we elected the following players. Chuck Bednarik, Steve VanBuren and Reggie White of the Eagles. Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and Robin Roberts of the Phillies. Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent of the Flyers and Wilt Chamberlain and Julius “Dr J” Erving of the 76ers.

In 2015 we allowed the fans to select the top 3 by voting. Each fan could vote for 5 plauyers with the top 3 being inducted. Jim “Chet” Chesko and Bill Furman each selected one player. The fans selected Brian Dawkins, Richie Ashburn and Bill Barber while Chet selected Smokin Joe Frazier and Bill selected Pete Pihos.

We have added 5 new players to the ballot to combine with the 11 holdovers. Your job is to select 5 from the list. The ballot will close before next weeks show where we will announce our 5 new members.

So far the fans and the Philly Pressbox Radio staff have gotten it right. Lets see how 2016 goes.



Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable 2015 Philly Sports Hall of Fame Ballot

In Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies, Philly Pressbox, Philly Pressbox Radio on June 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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In June of 2014 Jim “Chet” Chesko and Bill Furman along with the listeners of Philly Pressbox Radio selected the first ever Philly Pressbox Hall of Fame class. There were 21 Philadelphia athletes, all members of their respective Hall of Fame, that were put on the ballot, of that 10 were selected. They were Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts of the Phillies, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius “Dr J” Erving of the 76ers, Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent of the Flyers and Chuck Bednarik, Steve Van Buren and Reggie White of the Eagles.

The remaining 11 from that ballot were carried over to 2015 and we’ve added 5 more names to the list. Of the 16 on the 2015 ballot the fans will vote to pick 3, Chet will pick one and Bill will pick one for a total of 5 to complete the class. Each person can make a maximum of 5 picks since this list is so tough.


The voting will be open until Wednesday June 17 with the results announced during the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable show at 7pm Eastern time on June 17.

The nominees are as follows:


Philly Pressbox 1st Hall of Fame Class of 10

In Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies, Philly Pressbox, Philly Pressbox Radio on May 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

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As a follow-up to the  Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable show which aired live on Wednesday May 28, 2014 we have established our voting poll below. You can listen to the show at and here Jim “Chet” Chesko and Bill Furman break down each of the 21 finalists.  The finalists were selected based on the fact that they have already been inducted in to their respective Halls of Fame. Many others were consider, some led Philadelphia teams to championships, however, they didn’t make this cut due to not having the longevity in the city. Believe me selecting just 10 out of the 21 will be difficult enough. There are some others that may be inducted in to their Hall of Fame in the future but they to were left off at this time. We have 5 Phillies, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn and Jim Bunning. There are 6 Eagles, Steve Van Buren, Chuck Bednarik, Pete Pihos, Tommy McDonald, Bob Brown and Reggie White. We have 4 Flyers, Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bill Barber, Mark Howe and 6- 76ers, Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Chet Walker, Julius Erving and Charles Barkley.

Feel free to vote on our poll below and also feel free to leave comments by clicking the “reply” tab below.


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Pete Pihos – The Eagles Legend

In Philadelphia Eagles on January 17, 2014 at 7:28 am

When old-time Philadelphia Eagles fans talk about the greatest Eagles players of all time the first two names spoken are Steve Van Buren and Chuck Bednarik or Chuck Bednarik and Steve Van Buren, and rightfully so. However, lost in the history of the Eagles and the NFL is the legend of Peter Louis (Pete) Pihos.  Why should Pihos  be mentioned in the same breath as Van Buren and Bednarik?  Lets look at the numbers and career of the man.

Eagles Pete PihosPihos played his entire professional career with the Eagles from 1947-1955. During that time the Eagles went to the NFL championship game in ’47 and lost, before winning the championship in ’48 and ’49. In the ’47 playoff game, to reach the championship,  Pihos blocked a punt that set up a touchdown in the 21-0 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the ’49 championship game he caught a 31 yard touchdown pass.  He made 6 Pro Bowls, 4 as a Tight End and 2 as a Defensive End. He was also named 1st Team All Pro 5 times. All the while he missed one game in his 107 game pro career.  Pete Pihos excelled on offense, defense and special teams throughout his career.


So what else sets Pihos aside from the rest that he should be considered a legend.  When he retired Pete was #4 in every receiving category behind fellow Hall of Famers Don Hutson, Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch and Donte Lavelli, the difference is that Pihos, 373 receptions, 5,619 yards and 69 touchdowns, was a tight end while the other three were wide receivers. Pihos was the pioneer of the Tight End position in the NFL. He led the NFL in receptions 3 times and receiving yards twice. He also had a 1,000 yard receiving year in 1953 with 1,049 yards. What fans have seen through the years from John Mackey, Mike Ditka to todays Tony Gonzalez all started with Pete Pihos.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Pihos was as a 5th round pick in the 1945 draft, he was a 2 time All American at Indiana University as an end and fullback.

Before he could join the Eagles and the NFL, Pihos served his country in World War II, 1944-46,  for 14 months in Europe on the front line in the 35th Infantry Division under General George Patton as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze and Silver stars for bravery.

Pete Pihos did  it all on the football field for the Philadelphia Eagles and deserves to be mentioned right there with the legends of Van Buren and Bednarik.

Following are some of Pihos career honors:Pete Pihos

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970

Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966

Selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All Time Team

Selected to the NFL 1940’s All Decade Team

Inducted in to the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame in 1987

Inducted in to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005

2 NFL Championships

6 – Pro Bowls, 4 on offense and 2 on defense

5 – 1st Team All Pro Selections

3 time NFL reception leader

2 time NFL receiving yardage leader

2 time NFL yards/game receiving leader

1 time NFL receiving TD leader

A Bronze Star from the US Army

A Silver Star from the US Army

The only thing missing from the career of Pete Pihos is to have his #35 retired by the Philadelphia Eagles along with his teammates Van Buren and Bednarik.

Pete Pihos passed away in 2011 at the age of 87 from Alzheimer’s disease.


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