Championship Mighty Macs to be inducted to Philadelphia Hall of Fame
Several of the Mighty Macs have been enshrined into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame based on their individual achievements. Coach Cathy Rush was inducted with the Class of 2005; Theresa Shank Grentz is a 2007 inductee, and Marianne Crawford Stanley is a 2010 inductee. The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class of Philadelphia’s finest sports figures in 2004. The Class of 2014 include: Bobby Walston, Brian Propp, By Saam, Chet Walker, Chief Bender, Curt Schilling, Ellie Daniel, Eric Allen, Frank Dolson, Geoff Petrie, Herb Pennock, Jean Shiley, Marvin Harrison, Meldrick Taylor, Mike Richter, and Paul Costello.
Led by their young coach, Cathy Rush, the Mighty Macs won the first three women’s college basketball championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974 and is considered the Birthplace of Modern College Women’s Basketball. In addition to the national championships, the Mighty Macs were the first women’s team, along with the University of Maryland, to appear on national TV; first women’s team, along with Queen’s College, to play at Madison Square Garden, and the first women’s college team to play outside the Country (Australia in 1974). Their inspirational story was made into a feature-length theatrical movie called The Mighty Macs and released by Sony Pictures in 2011.
The Mighty Macs will also be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA on August 8, 2014.
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