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OCS and Michigan Wolverine great Mike Hart leads class of Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

Six new athletes have been selected to the 2014 class of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Six new athletes have been selected to the 2014 class of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

Among the inductees include:

Mike Hart: The former Onondaga Central High School and University of Michigan football star went on to play three seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, playing in Super Bowl XLIV. Hart led OCS to three state titles and a 46-1 record. He set four national high school career marks with 204 touchdowns, 47 consecutive and total 100 yard rushing games, 1,246 points and 11,045 rushing yards in his high school career. Hart also set rushing records at Michigan with 1,455 yards as a freshman and 5,040 yards in his career. He was a three-time All-Big Ten selection.

Phil Gordon: The Chittenango and Canastota High School basketball coach racked up 411 wins during his 36 year career. Gordon’s teams captured eight Tri-Valley League titles and two Section III Class B Championships. He was named Tri-Valley Coach of the year six times.

Teresa “T” Cleland: The dominant women’s amateur golfer won four Syracuse District Women’s Golf Association titles, five Post-Standard Women’s Amateur Golf championships, two New York State Golf Association Senior championships and three consecutive New York State Golf Association Mid-Am titles.

Ger Schwedes: The Syracuse University football All-American was the captain of the 1959 Syracuse University National Champion Football Team. Schwedes threw a touchdown pass to Ernie Davis that set the stage for Cotton Bowl win to solidify their National Championship and scored a touchdown in the same game. He was the first pick of the AFL’s Boston Patriots in the 1960 draft.

Father Billy Jones: The basketball star at St. John the Evangelist played point guard for the 1957 Parochial League playoff and 1958 Parochial League regular season and playoff champions. Jones was an All-Parochial League performer in three sports – basketball, baseball, and golf. He was named as one of the top 20 Parochial League players of all time.

Bob Snyder: The honored sports journalist for the Syracuse Herald Journal/Post-Standard is known for his “Snyde Remarks” column. Snyder has written for Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Street & Smith’s Baseball and authored two sports books. Snyder has also co-hosted the SU – Big East post-game basketball show on FOX TV and been an analyst on the SU basketball radio network.

With the six new inductees, a total of 210 men and women will have been inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame since the first Induction Ceremony in 1987.

The 28th Annual Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Drumlins Country Club.

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