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Recent HOF Inductee: Russell H. Bell, Jr.

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Russell H. Bell, Jr. quickly gained the admiration and respect of his teammates and coaches as his athletic skills were honed on the local and regional baseball diamonds, basketball courts and football fields. He regularly dominated each game and each league he played in. Newspapers in South Jersey routinely featured his name in sport’s section’s headlines.

Entering Bridgeton High School in 1952, Russ’ excelled with his award-winning play as a 3 sport letterman in baseball, basketball and football. Russell was a key player and leader on the BHS varsity baseball team that won South Jersey Group 4 Champioships in 1952 and 1954, competing against Camden, Collingswood, Atlantic City and Vineland.

As a pitcher and centerfielder, Russell earned two All State Awards, an All Group 4 and All County Awards. Russell attracted interest from scouts from every major league team during his BHS career, particularly from the New York Giants. Russell was signed by Giants Scout Frank Burke to a Professional Baseball Contract shortly after he graduated in June 1955. His signing bonus was $500 together with subsequent bonuses of $3,000 and $2,500. His monthly salary was $175.00

Russ soon reported to the Giants minor league team, the Sandersville Giants in the Class D Georgia State League and played in 22 games that summer with teammate and future Hall of Famer Willie “Pops” McCovey. An illness in August 1955 shortened his season. Russell lost 40 lbs. in a very short time.

Russell returned home to recover and prepare for the 1956 season. That season and the 1957 season came and went without a cure for the undiagnosed and untreatable illness.

Russell’s contract was purchased by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1958 through 1961.

While illness restricted and shortened his pro baseball career, Russell’s stellar high school career was recognized with First Team All Century Classic Era Team honors (1939 – 1974) and induction into the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.

During the off-seasons with Giants and the Athletics, Russell earned his Bachelor of Art’s teaching degree from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey).
For 4 decades he taught Drafting at BHS where both his students and colleagues praised his teaching skills and professionalism.

For 3 decades, Russell and his wife, Delia (Dee), were a highly respected real estate sales team as members of the Roarke Agency. Many local homeowners have Russ and Dee to thank for the purchase of their first home.

Married for “forever”, the Bell’s have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

The All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey proudly welcomes Russell Hires Bell, Jr. into its Hall of Fame on this date, May 4, 2024.

Russell H. Bell, Jr.
Russell H. Bell, Jr.
Recent HOF Inductee: Russell H. Bell, Jr.2024-05-13T08:51:25-04:00

Upcoming Inductions !!! May 4 and May 25

Upcoming Inductions !!!
May 4 and May 25

Join us at the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey to honor these two great gentlemen and their families.

Russell H. Bell
Saturday, May 4, 2024, 11:00 am.

A 3-sport star athlete at B.H.S.,1955 -’56, NY Giants (baseball) minor leaguer and long-  time local educator and realtor.

Arnold “Jersey Joe Walcott” Cream
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 11:00 am.

Camden, NJ’s late, great Heavyweight Boxing Champ, first African American Camden

County Sheriff, Hollywood actor and youth advocate.

Upcoming Inductions !!! May 4 and May 252024-03-07T11:12:26-05:00

All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame of Southern New Jersey is the 2024 recipient of the SABR Russell Gabay Award

The All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame of Southern New Jersey is the 2024 recipient of the SABR Russell Gabay Award, which honors entities and people who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to baseball in New Jersey.

“It’s a testament to the rich history of sports in the southern half of the Garden State, underscored by Salem, New Jersey native and 1968 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Leon “Goose” Goslin,” said David Krell, chair of SABR’s Elysian Fields Chapter, which covers the northern half of New Jersey. The recipient was chosen by a group of three: Krell along with Anthony Arot, chair of the southern New Jersey chapter named after Goslin, and Russell’s sister, Lori.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank the Elysian Fields Chapter of SABR for selecting our museum,” states Dom Valella, Chairperson. “To receive this award named after Mr. Gabay is truly an honor and a privilege, given his outstanding career in media and his dedication to sports, family, and the countless number of colleagues along his life’s journey.”

Russell Gabay was a noted sports producer and a native of Springfield, New Jersey. He began his career in the late 1970s, producing for ESPN after graduating from University of Hartford. He later became a Production Manager at HBO, where he supervised several shows, including Inside the NFL, documentaries, and championship fights. Until his sudden death in 2016, Russell was a high-level producer at Major League Baseball Network for more than a decade. He was known throughout the sports industry as a gentleman and a true professional whose generosity knew no bounds, whether towards people trying to break into the business or veterans with several decades of experience.

All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame of Southern New Jersey is the 2024 recipient of the SABR Russell Gabay Award2024-02-07T10:03:52-05:00

The All Sports Museum will host a Buy, Sell & and Trade sports memorabilia show

The All Sports Museum will host a Buy, Sell & and Trade sports memorabilia show on:

* March 21st, 6pm – ???

* 7 Richie Kates, Sr Way.
(formerly Burt Street.)
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

*Bring your “stuff”.

*Free Admission.

*For a free table and info call,
Dom Valella at:
609 – 319 -3873.

* PLEASE NOTE – MUSEUM
CONTENTS – NOT FOR SALE !

Come to the Show, visit the Museum, see old friends and make new friends. And as our Museum’s HOF Inductee, beloved, late, great Philly broadcaster, Bill Campbell, used to say, “Good night. Good Sports”

The All Sports Museum will host a Buy, Sell & and Trade sports memorabilia show2024-02-06T16:19:49-05:00

Robert Jude “Robbie ” Pisel – 1964 – 2024

The Directors and Officers of the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey extend their condolences and sympathies to the Pisel family on Robbie’s passing.
A dedicated sports fan, Robbie, and his father, Bob, and WSNJ’s George Moore, were fixtures in the broadcast booth announcing B.H.S. and C.R.H.S football games for several decades.
Rest well, Robbie, there’s games for you and your Dad to announce in Heaven, too.
Robert Jude “Robbie ” Pisel – 1964 – 20242024-01-22T09:35:36-05:00

Congratulations to the Surace Family!

A.J. Surace has committed to play football for the Rutgers University Scarlett Knights.
A.J., a 6’1, 215 lbs. QB, attends Notre Dame High School, in Lawrence Twp. Mercer County, NJ.
A.J., is the son of Bob Surace, Princeton University Tiger’s Head Football Coach, and the grandson of Tony Surace, Millville High School Thunderbolt’s coaching icon, both Hall of Fame inductees in the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey.
Congratulations to the Surace Family!2023-12-23T16:16:28-05:00

Congratulations Sal Pal!

Sal Paolantonio

We’re proud to announce that our own All Sports Museum Hall of Famer, Sal Paolantonio, received the Dick Vermeil Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th annual Otho Davis Foundation Scholarship Banquet held at the Marriott Old City in Philadelphia on November 1st.

“Sal Pal” is ESPN’s longest serving NFL Reporter in the history of the Network. A virtual “Who’s Who” of Philly sports icons were in attendance to honor Sal and his family.

This year’s Foundation banquet also honored the 15th Anniversary of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies. Several former players, coaches and current team officials were in attendance.

The Otho Davis Foundation, based in Deptford, N.J., is named after the late Mr. Davis, head trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles for 23 years. The Foundation annually provides two $20,000 scholarships to 2 graduate school students studying sports medicine, sports training or sports marketing. Please visit their website for more information.
othodavisfoundation.org

Sal Paolantonio
Congratulations Sal Pal!2023-11-04T14:28:42-04:00

Recent Induction June 3: Former Major Leaguers Ted Ford and His Grandson, Darren Ford

Ted Ford and his grandson, Darren Ford
Join us to honor former major leaguers Ted Ford and his grandson, Darren Ford, both born and raised in Vineland, at their induction ceremony into the All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame of Southern New Jersey on Saturday, June 3, 2023 10am at the Museum located at 8 Richie Kates, Sr. Way, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.
Recent Induction June 3: Former Major Leaguers Ted Ford and His Grandson, Darren Ford2023-06-05T08:26:04-04:00

All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey to Induct ESPN National Correspondent Sal Paolantonio on March 11th

Sal PaolantonioBridgeton, NJ – The All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey (ASMSNJ) today announced that ESPN national correspondent and longtime South Jersey resident Sal Paolantonio will be formally inducted into their Hall of Fame at an event at the Ramblewood Country Club in Mt. Laurel on Saturday March 11th.

“We are honored that Sal Pal has accepted our invitation to join the South Jersey sports hall of fame and we look forward to his induction on March 11th,” said Dom Valella, Chairman of the All Sports Museum of Southern NJ.

The induction will be hosted by Eagles legend Ron Jaworski. The emcee will be new WIP morning host Joe DeCamara. Previous inductees include; Charlie Manuel, Joe Frazier, Brian Propp, Greg Luzinski, Judy Dickinson, Larry Bowa and Tug McGraw. A complete list of inductees can be found at: www.allsportsmuseumofsnj.org

About the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey: The mission statement of this organization is to collect, preserve, display and foster appreciation of sports represented by the historical artifacts associated with the 8 county area of southern New Jersey (Ocean and Burlington Counties south). Inductions into the Hall of Fame section are held for deserving individuals as determined by the Board of Directors.

About Sal Paolantonio: A national correspondent for ESPN since 1995, Paolantonio is currently the longest serving reporter at the network. He has been the host of the NFL Matchup Show for 20 years.  On the ESPN national radio network, Paolantonio calls NFL games as a booth analyst. He is a voting member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee in Canton,Ohio. In 2018, he was awarded the Jack Newfield Courage in Journalism Award given by the New York Daily News. Including his tenure at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Paolantonio has been an NFL reporter for 30 years. From 1978-83, he served as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy.

All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey to Induct ESPN National Correspondent Sal Paolantonio on March 11th2023-03-21T17:47:00-04:00
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