Two-time world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, originally from South Philadelphia and one of only three boxers to win multiple world heavyweight championships, will be among the guests at the 113th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner. The event is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill on Friday Feb. 3, and tickets are still available by calling 267-546-7277 or by clicking here.
Witherspoon became WBC heavyweight champ in 1984 and attained the WBA title in 1986, joining Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali as the only boxers to win multiple world heavyweight championships. Witherspoon, a former Ali sparring partner, will speak about the late boxing great, who passed away in 2016 and who lived several years in Cherry Hill.
Witherspoon is the latest addition to what seems to be a “who’s who” of Philly sports figures. It will be a big night for the Flyers, celebrating the team’s 50th anniversary. Several captains from their history will be saluted. One of those captains, Eric Lindros, will accept the Living Legend award. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who set several rookie records in 2015-16, will be on hand as the association’s Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year. Hall of Famer Bill Barber and Lou Angotti are among the Flyers captains who will be saluted, and they will sign free autographs after the event. Angotti was the first captain in franchise history. Also, the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives organization will be recognized as the Ed Snider Lifetime Humanitarian winner.
Villanova head basketball coach Jay Wright will accept Team of the Year honors for his NCAA champion Wildcats. Nova’s Hall of Fame track and field coach Marty Stern will receive a Special Achievement award. Saint Joseph’s Hawks head basketball coach Phil Martelli will also be recognized with the Good Guy award.
Another outstanding basketball team, the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers, will receive a special achievement award on the 50th anniversary of their title.
WBA world super featherweight champion Jason Sosa of South Jersey will receive the Native Son award,
Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen, the radio voices of the Phillies, will receive the Bill Campbell Broadcast award for their outstanding work.
The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane will receive the Stan Hochman award for the year’s best story.