2017 Hall of Famers:

Click here to see our official press release on this year’s 2017 Hall of Fame honorees.

Members of the FC Sports Hall of Fame were on hand to congratulate Class of 2011 inductee John Bagley and 2013 Hall of Famer Earl Lavery on being recognized by the Greater Bridgeport Old Timers Athletic Association at their annual dinner in May. From left Dave Bike (2005), Don Cook (2013), Lavery, Ed Finnegan (2012) and Bagley.

Members of the FC Sports Hall of Fame were on hand to congratulate Class of 2011 inductee John Bagley and 2013 Hall of Famer Earl Lavery on being recognized by the Greater Bridgeport Athletic Association at their annual dinner in May. From left Dave Bike (2005), Don Cook (2013), Lavery, Ed Finnegan (2012) and Bagley.

The Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the Fairfield County Sports Commission, Inc., honors newly elected Hall of Famers with an induction ceremony at the Commission’s annual Sports Night awards dinner.

On October 17, 2005 the inaugural Hall of Fame inductions took place at the Fairfield County Sports Commission’s First Annual Sports Night.

Watch the 2013 Hall of Fame video With the creation of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, the area has one central location to honor those residents who excelled in sports in professional, amateur and service categories. Nominating and selection committees, comprised of members from the media, community and the Sports Commission, go through the balloting process each year to determine the inductees. Announcements from each years honorees, are selected from the entire Fairfield County area, not just from the 15 communities served by the Commission.

The Hall of Fame houses three wings: Jackie Robinson Professional, James O’Rourke Amateur and J. Walter Kennedy Community Service. Establishing a tribute to three of the most influential sports heroes of the past from the Fairfield County community allows the three wings to take the names of these legendary figures, who all called Fairfield County home.

“Naming the wings after sports legends from Fairfield County who have paved the path of our sports history in this area is the natural first step in establishing the foundation for the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame,” says Tom Chiappetta, Executive Director.

The Jackie Robinson Professional Wing is named after the legendary Brooklyn Dodger and Baseball Hall of Fame member, who lived in Stamford for most of his post-baseball life. The James O’Rourke Amateur Wing honors the Bridgeport baseball pioneer, who is also enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Wing, recognizes the former NBA Commissioner, Basketball Hall of Famer and former Stamford mayor.

 

FAIRFIELD COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

JACKIE ROBINSON PROFESSIONAL WING

Eligible candidates must have been raised in Fairfield County (playing majority of their youth and/or high school sports here). Must have played or officiated in a minimum of two major league seasons, and listed as such as being on a professional roster in the appropriate league records books, or documented by the highest professional league level for their sports—no minor league experience eligible.

Those leagues include but not exclusive to: MLB, NBA, NHL, WNBA, MLS, AFL, PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour, ATP,

Members of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame gathered together at the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Gold Key dinner in 2013. From left Frank "Porky" Vieira (2006), Dave Strong (2012), Gary Liberatore (2008), Mike Gminski (2007) and Dave Bike (2005).

Members of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame gathered together at the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Gold Key dinner in 2013. From left Frank “Porky” Vieira (2006), Dave Strong (2012), Gary Liberatore (2008), Mike Gminski (2007) and Dave Bike (2005).

WTA, MLL, MISL, NASCAR, Pro Boxing (also any defunct leagues such as ABA, USFL, WFL, WUSA, NASL etc.)

Also any athlete that played on a U.S. Olympic or National team is eligible for the professional wing. Not as an individual participant as an Olympian or national performer.

JAMES O’ROURKE AMATEUR WING

Is open to any amateur athlete that played a majority of their youth sports, high school or college career in Fairfield County. It is also open to those playing adult amateur sports for a minimum 5-year period.

This also includes athletes that performed as an individual (not as part of a team sport) as a U.S. Olympian or U.S. national performer, or as an Olympian or National performer for their native country.

J. WALTER KENNEDY COMMUNITY SERVICE WING

Candidates are those who have provided outstanding service to the sports community and live or lived in the county, including coaches, officials/umpires, recreation personnel, league commissioners/executives, longtime volunteers, sports benefactors, sports industry leaders and corporate sponsors. Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of outstanding achievement in the county.

 

The Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame is housed at the University of Connecticut Stamford Campus in downtown Stamford. The Hall of Fame is open 6 days a week from 9am – 5 pm.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

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WING

Drury, Ted

druryheadshotA nine-year NHL veteran from 1993-2001, Drury played with six different teams during his pro career, primarily with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played in 414 games with 41 goals and 52 assists. Drury, who was a standout at Fairfield Prep for two years, was selected to play for the U.S Olympic team in ’92 & ’94. He played five pro seasons in Germany before retiring in 2007. After being drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1989 NHL entry draft, Drury opted to play college hockey at Harvard where he was the Ivy and ECAC Player of the Year in 1992-93. Drury was elected to the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2008.
Jackie Robinson Professional

Pacioretty, Max

maxpaciorettyheadshotphotobestPacioretty has become one of the NHL’s top players in his seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (2008-15). The left wing has led the Habs in scoring the past four seasons, which includes three 30-goal campaigns, highlighted by a career-high 39 in 2013-14. He has also tallied a total of 10 playoff goals the past two years. Selected 22nd overall in the first round by Montreal in the 2007 draft, he played one year at Michigan, following a scholastic career that started at New Canaan High and ended at the Taft School in Watertown. Pacioretty won the Bill Masterton Award in 2012 as the NHL player that exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. His crowning achievement came last year when he was named to play for Team USA in the 2014 Olympics.
 
Jackie Robinson Professional

Brummel, Lisa

brummel-lisaheadshotBrummel was one of the county’s top female athletes as a four-sport standout at Staples High. From 1974-77 she starred in basketball, softball, track and field hockey, earning all FCIAC and/or all state in all four sports. She continued her multi-sport prowess in college, lettering in four sports at Yale, adding volleyball to her resume. Brummel was all-Ivy in basketball each of her four years there, still in the top 5 in several school offensive categories and was Ivy League MVP when Yale won the title in 1979. The Westport native, who was also all-Ivy for three years in softball, was an academic All-American 1981. She also played three seasons as a catcher with the Raybestos Brakettes (1976-78), winning national titles each year. Brummel was elected to the CT Women’s basketball HOF in 2013. She is currently one of the owners of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.
James O’Rourke Amateur

Shell, Lambert

lambertheadsn2bestShell was one of the greatest basketball players in University of Bridgeport history. He was a three-time All-American, scored 3,001 career points and had over 1,300 rebounds in leading the Purple Knights to Division II Final Fours and two national runner-up finishes in 1991 & 92. In ’91, Bridgeport lost in the finals to North Alabama but Shell was named the tournament’s outstanding player. As a senior in 1992, he was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. He was elected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2003) and UB’s HOF in 2006. Shell also had a pro career from 1992-2005 in the USBL, CBA and overseas.
 
James O’Rourke Amateur

Kvancz, Jack

jackkvanczheadsnKvancz was highly successful both on and off the basketball court, but his accomplishments as an administrator and coach defined his athletic career. The Bridgeport native and Harding High basketball standout began his coaching career with a three-year stint at Masuk High. He then moved into the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at Brown before becoming head basketball coach and athletic director at Catholic University from 1974-82. His next stop was leading the athletic department for 12 years at George Mason. In 1994, Kvancz became the AD at George Washington and concluded his 17 years there in 2011. From 1998-2003, Kvancz was a member of the prestigious NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee. He was elected to the GW Hall of Fame (2012) as well as the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2003) for his stellar playing career at Boston College, where he played for the legendary Bob Cousy, and Harding.
J. Walter Kennedy Community Service

Tammaro, Angela

tammaroheadcropIn 2014, Tammaro concluded her legendary coaching career at Greenwich Academy. She spent 49 years as the school’s field hockey coach and 48 as lacrosse coach, while also being the athletic director for four decades. Tammaro finished with 746 wins in field hockey and 700 in lacrosse, the most of any female coach in the country. Her teams racked up 30 consecutive league titles in field hockey and 28 total in lacrosse. She is enshrined in both the National Field Hockey and Lacrosse Hall of Fames as well as the Connecticut HOF’s for both sports. Beginning her career at Greenwich Academy in 1965, she also posted 200 wins as the basketball coach and in addition coached numerous other sports, including ice hockey and squash.
J. Walter Kennedy Community Service