Inductees for 2021

Seiki Murono

James Breech

On Monday, October 18th, 2021 we celebrated the induction of Seiki Murono, BHS Class of 1962, into The All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey for his athletic prowess on the football and baseball fields as well as the basketball court. He went on to achieve the highest of honors at Franklin & Marchall College and became a huge business success in banking.
In addition to the usual participants, classmates Claude McAllister ( classmate and football/baseball teammate) and Paul Noguchi ( baseball teammate) shared their memories of Seiki’s influence on others.
Seiki and his wife, Lynette, enjoyed time with friends, old and new.

Larry Litwin

James Breech

On Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 Larry Litwin, an executive in many sports-oriented organizations and especially the South Jersey Baseball Hot Stovers and Hall of Fame as well as with the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, was inducted into The All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey. It was a wonderful day of family and colleagues reminiscing about all the many various experiences Larry has had over many years. His resume is extensive and the accolades are well deserved.

Inductees for 2020

Bradley Thomas Lidge

Bradley Thomas Lidge
Professional Baseball Pitcher

Bradley Thomas Lidge is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 2002–2012. He played for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals.

James Breech

James Breech
Legendary Tennis Coach and Mentor

Jamer grew up in one of Bridgeton’s toughest neighborhoods in the 1960s and early 70s, a time when racial tensions in America were high. As the son of an African-American father and Japanese mother, he was frequently subjected to insults and taunting.

He took up tennis while at Bridgeton High School and went on to star at Cumberland County College and East Stroudsburg University. Even after retiring from teaching and coaching in 2014, he remained an avid, successful player

John Campani

John Campani
Bowling Legend

John was a bowling pioneer in the greater South Jersey area, opening Pike Lanes Bowling Center and Pike Lounge in Deerfield Twp. Initially constructed in 1959 for 12 lanes, he twice expanded the facility eventually to 28 lanes.

John’s contribution to the sport of bowling locally was providing opportunities to the community to learn the techniques, team and personal nuances of bowling needed to effectively compete.

With John’s entreprenurial expertise and vibrant personality, the business grew as individuals, families and organizations utilized the facility for affordable, yet fun-filled entertainment. Both serious-minded and social bowlers formed 28 different leagues and Pike Lanes became home to many 300 games, 800 series and 200 averages long before they were common place.

Pike Lanes is a reflection of its’ founder and owner, serving customers from all walks of life in an environment of family and community. John’s daughter, Diana Campani Sorelle, as Owner/Operator, continues her father’s legacy and tradition to the current day.

Harry T. Gamble

Harry T. Gamble
Football Coach

Harry T. Gamble was an American football coach and executive. He was the head coach for the Lafayette College Leopards from 1967 to 1970, compiling a 21−19 record, before moving on to become the head coach for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers from 1971 to 1980, earning a 34−55−2 record. He was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) in 1981 as an unpaid volunteer assistant coach under Dick Vermeil, and quickly ascended to general manager of the team in 1985 and team president in 1986. He was general manager from 1985 to 1995, and team president from 1986 to 1994.

Jay Venuto

The Venuto Football Family

A 3-sport athlete at Salem from ’72-’76, Jay was the Ram’s starting QB, earning All Group 2 honors three times, All South Jersey two times, Team MVP and South Jersey recordholder for most TD passes. Jay was also a 4 Year starter on the Ram’s baseball team and 2 year starter on the basketball team, earning All Conference and Team MVP .

Jay continued his stellar football career at Wake Forest Univ. where he was named 1979 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and two-time All ACC Quarterback, breaking several team and ACC records. Leading his upstart 8-4 Demon Deacons to the ’79 Tangerine Bowl vs. LSU, Jay also played in the East-West Shrine Bowl, the Blue-Gray Bowl and the Senior Bowl.

After stints with the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, NY Jets and the Birmingham Stallions (USFL), Jay embarked on a 20-yr. college coaching career with Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Georgia Southern and Cornell before retiring in 2000.

Jay’s post-career honors include inductions into the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame, Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame and ACC Legends Class of 2013.

Inductees for 2019

Michael Barkann

Michael Barkann
Media Personality

Michael Barkann is an Emmy Award winning American sports host, anchor and reporter for NBC Sports Philadelphia. He was also the co-host of the “Mike and Ike” show on 94 WIP on weekday mornings from 10-2.

Diane McGraw

Sports Promoter

Since entering the professional workforce, McGraw has not only spent an abundance of time promoting sports, she has also been an integral figure in producing major events that have left an impact on this country’s sporting landscape.

Diane McGraw

Diane McGraw with friends and family at All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey

Tom Burgoyne

Phillie Phanatic

Tom Burgoyne has been the official Phillie Phanatic since 1994 after serving as the backup from 1989 to 1993. He played a major role in the Phillies marketing department and was a creative force in the stadium scoreboard control room throughout the 1993 championship season.

Tom Burgoyne
Tom Burgoyne

Dom Valella (L) with Tom Burgoyne and the Phillie Phanatic

John Barr

San Francisco Giants Front Office

For the past 32 years, John Barr has enjoyed a career that most sports fans would die for. He’s made a life work out of his passion for baseball and become of the most respected baseball people in the business.  In 2007, he joined the San Francisco Giants and today holds the titles of Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Scouting and International Operations.

John Barr

John Barr (R) with GIF Chair Dom Valella

Inductees for 2018

David ‘Lefty’ Robinson Hall of Fame Display Complete

Dave Robinson
Football Legend

The All-Sports Museum of southern New Jersey is pleased to announce the completion of our David ‘Lefty’ Robinson Hall of Fame display. The former Moorestown High school standout was recently inducted into the All Sports Hall of Fame and traveled all the way from his home near Canton Ohio to the museum in Bridgeton for the event. Lefty went on to become a star at Penn State and was a vital part of Vince Lombardi’s Championship Green Bay Packer teams.

You can check out his display and many more at our museum to enjoy an interesting trip through the proud history of South Jersey sports.

Dave Robinson

James ‘Art’ Dorrington

James Art Dorrington
Professional Hockey

Art Dorrington was hailed by some as the Jackie Robinson of hockey for his trailblazing role in integrating the sport in the United States.

He was 20 when the Nova Scotia resident was scouted by the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. He signed a contract with the organization and was assigned to the minor league Atlantic City Sea Gulls. A brief article in The New York Times on the signing was headlined: First Negro in U.S. hockey.

Mr. Dorrington, who has died at 87, made the New Jersey resort city his home. In earning citizenship, he became the first black player in professional hockey. A top prospect in his youth, he never played an NHL game, but became a legendary figure in Atlantic City, where a rink bears his name.

A demon skater, Mr. Dorrington also had a sniper’s eye, leading the professional Eastern Hockey League in goal-scoring in 1954-55 with 33 markers in 49 games for the Washington Lions.

Like baseball’s Mr. Robinson, Mr. Dorrington suffered from the pernicious rules of Jim Crow segregation in the United States while enduring racial slurs on both sides of the border.

James Arthur Dorrington was born on March 13, 1930, in Truro, N.S., to the former Mabel Mentis and William Dorrington, a landscaper. He learned to skate at age 3. His rinks were the icy street in front of his home and the frozen marshland surrounding his neighbourhood. As a teenager, he was a key member of a Truro Bearcats hockey team that scored an 11-8 victory over the Charlottetown Canadiens to claim the Maritime midget (under-17) championship.

James Art Dorrington

Mr. Dorrington played briefly for the junior Halifax St. Mary’s before joining the senior Bearcats. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound centre also played for the Stellarton Royals and Amherst Ramblers in his home province, as well as skating for the Truro Sheiks, an all-black team that played against other black teams in the Maritimes.

In March, 1950, the Dorrington household was shaken by the sudden death of Douglas Dorrington, 19, who was taken to hospital after being seriously hurt in a hockey game. He soon after died with newspapers reporting the hockey injury as the cause, although his death certificate cites meningitis incurred after suffering a hip injury. (Doug Dorrington was referred to in reports as Art Dorrington’s brother, although they were cousins raised in the same household.)

Art Dorrington

Five months later, Art Dorrington travelled to the United States to play for a senior amateur team in New Milford, Conn. Mr. Dorrington stopped in New York for a practice session at Madison Square Garden, where he was scouted by the Rangers. They signed him to a contract paying $85 per week during the hockey season with a $100 signing bonus. He was supposed to skate for the New York Rovers, who were on a lengthy road trip. Bored and eager to play, he was instead assigned to Atlantic City, which he soon made his permanent home. The rookie centre scored 18 goals with 16 assists in 49 games.

That summer, he swapped his hockey sweater for a baseball uniform, as he patrolled the outfield for the independent Rockets of Wellsville, N.Y., a team in the Pony (Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York) League, a Class-D circuit at the bottom of baseball’s alphabet ladder.