Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame
“We just like to say thank you for this opportunity to create a marriage between the Northeastern chapter and the Luzerne chapter in presenting a museum-like exhibit to be put on display in an area where we are so proud of our athletic heritage.
President, Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame
His most notable career achievement was his victory in 1959 at the Masters Tournament. In the final round, he birdied five of his last six holes to shoot a 66 and overtake Cary Middlecoff and defending champion Arnold Palmer.
He was a member of three United States Ryder Cup teams: 1957, 1959, and 1961.
The “sprinter without a peer,” Dr. Walter Tewksbury was the oldest living Olympic star in the world. He was also known by residents of Tunkhannock “as the man who put Tunkhannock on the map.” In 1900 he won the Olympic and world’s championship in the 200 meter dash. He took first place in the 400 meter hurdles at the Olympics, and also came in second in the 60-meter and 100-meter dash and was third in the 200-meter hurdles.
"He gained fame as one-fourth of the University of Notre Dame's legendary "Four Horsemen." After a brief career as a professional football player, Crowley turned to coaching. He served as the head football coach at Michigan State College, Fordham University. He lived the last 33 years of his life in Scranton and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966." —wikipedia.org
"Peter A. Carlesimo was University of Scranton's head football coach (1944-1960), University of Scranton's head men's basketball coach (1944-1946 & 1951-1955), Royal head men's cross-country coach (1961-1968), and Fordham University Athletics Director (1968-1978)." —athletics.scranton.edu
"Stan Coveleski took his baseball seriously—after all, it was his ticket out of the coal mines surrounding his birthplace of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. In 1969, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition of a career record of 215-142, a .602 winning percentage, 38 shutouts and a career E.R.A. of 2.89." —baseballhall.org
"Charley Trippi could and would do anything on a football field. He played as a left halfback for four seasons before switching to quarterback for two years. Charley then moved back to offensive halfback for one campaign before changing almost exclusively to the defensive unit in 1954 and 1955. He also was the Cardinals' punter and he excelled on the punt and kickoff return teams." —profootballhof.com
A few months ago, Jim Martin dropped off his mom at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport for a flight and spotted a place where local sports history could settle.
The airport display case that caught Martin’s eye that day culminated in a new permanent display that highlights the accomplishments of famous athletes from across the region...
Tracey Tribendis is familiar with being first.
In 1994, she was the first U.S. athlete to win a gold medal in the World Games Special Olympics in New Haven, Connecticut.
And in 2018, she became the first special-needs individual to be inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Hall of Fame...
...When people visit the airport, they'll also have a new display to check out.
The Luzerne County and Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapters of the Sports Hall of Fame put new items on display Thursday.
Past and present athletes put medals and trophies on display for visitors to see.