Commack residents honored several members of the Jewish community for their contribution to the world of sports, big and small, on Sunday morning.
The Suffolk Jewish Y Community Center hosted the 20th annual induction ceremony for the National Jewish Hall of Fame on Sunday morning. More than 200 attendings honored nine individuals for their contribution to the sporting world, to join the ranks of those among in the Hall of Fame.
This year's 2012 class honored:
- Sy Berger, known as "the Father of the Modern Baseball Card," who served as vice-president of Sports & Licensing for The Topps Company.
- Al Davis, an American lightweight and welterweight boxer who fought in the ring from 1937 to 1945. Davis made a name for himself with a three-round TKO over former lightweight champion Tony Canzoneri in 1939.
- Jon Denning, a NASCAR racer, who started 15 races in 2007 and finished in the top three fives times and the top 10 seven times.
- Mike Hartman, a retired professional ice hockey player for the National Hockey League. He racked up a career high of 11 goals and 10 assists while playing for the Sabres.
- Debbie Belkin Rademacher, a former U.S. Women's Soccer player who competed with the national team from 1985 - 1992. Rademacher was a member of the 1991 U.S. gold medal team in the inaugural FIFA Women's World Championships.
- Arthur Richman, the senior advisor of media relations for the New York Yankees. The late Richmond was revered as the Ambassador of Major League Baseball.
- Howie Rose, sports announcer, who became the lead play-by-lay voice for the New York Mets in 2006.
- Jerry Solomon, president and CEO of StarGames, a sport and entertainment company who has helped create and plan sporting events such as the ATP tennis tour, LPGA golf tour and more.
- Joanna Zeiger, a triatholon athlete, who won her first Ionman in Brazil in 2005, which she followed up with a 2006 victory at Ironman D'Alene.