1990 Hall of Fame Bios


John O. Barth was one of the fathers of the Bux-Mont League.  He served the Quakertown School District for 39 years.  He had championship teams in baseball in ’35, ’36, ’37, ’38 and ’50.  In 1950 his team tied for first and lost in a playoff.  He sent seven players into professional baseball.  In basketball, he compiled a record of 269 wins and 193 losses for a .584 percentage.  He finished in the first four 15 times in the Bux-Mont – first three times and four times each in second, third and fourth place.  As a golfer he had four holes-in-ones.

B. Earl Druckenmiller like Barth was one of the founders of the Bux-Mont League.  He led sports teams and groomed athletes at Sell-Perk High School for almost 50 years.  Through the years he turned out many fine athletes.  Many old time sports fans can remember “Drucky” constantly tying his shoelaces when things didn’t go right.

Henry J. Gutekunst was one of the most outstanding athletes ever turned out at Sell-Perk High School.  While in high school he won 15 letters out of a possible 16 and captained teams in football, baseball, basketball and track.  He held the PIAA track record in the 100-yard dash for 25 years.  After college he turned down a pro baseball contract to play football.  He returned to Sell-Perk to coach numerous teams before retiring.

Paul “Bots” Heller in the late 1920s and 1930s was a wrestler, boxer, football and basketball player.  He used to take on wrestlers with the traveling side show at the Bucks County Fair.  In later years he turned to umpiring, a job he held for many years in numerous minor leagues.  While attending umpire school he had Babe Ruth as one of his instructors.

Richard Wisneski after graduating from West Chester Teachers’ College played professional baseball before turning to coaching at Quakertown High School.  From 1952 until 1967 he compiled the most wins of any Quakertown football coach, finishing with an overall log of 94-58-9.  His teams won championships in 1954, ’56 and ’65.  The ’54 team posted an 11-0 record, while the ’56 team was 9-0-1.  In 1965, he had his biggest team and finished 9-1.

Lloyd “Poppy” Yoder had a life that centered on family, church, school and community.  His love for athletics began as a young boy running to school daily from his dad’s farm.  His speed and strength earned him Bux-Mont awards.  The present Pennridge football stadium is named in his honor.  He was truly a humble man who loved to walk through his life with his fellow man.