1991 Hall of Fame Bios

Russell “Siggy” Shelly – “Siggy”, born and raised in Sellersville, was a member of the town’s first football team in the 1920s – a 5’3” guard.  He was one of the organizers of the Sellersville Greenjackets, a sometimes semi-pro football team, of the late 20’s and 30’s as well as an organizer of the Big Six Football Conference for returning World War II vets.  The league enjoyed tremendous success.  His love for the game never waned.  The current Sell-Perk Greenjacket Midget football teams received a fine financial start with monies received from the big Greenjacket teams, a tribute to Siggy and his colleagues’ care of the support and community monies.

Clyde “Lefty” Smoll, Sr. – Clyde played football and baseball at Quakertown High School, graduating in 1930.  Following graduation he pitched in several local leagues until signing a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers in 1932.  During his professional career, he played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1940 and the Baltimore Orioles in the International League.  Following his playing career he managed a Detroit farm team in the Canadian-American League to a league championship in 1948.  Following service during World War II, he coached the Quakertown Hurricane football team in the Big Six Conference to a conference championship.

G. Wayne “Pud” Hellman – Wayne has been associated with Pennridge athletics for four decades.  As head football coach his teams won numerous Bux-Mont titles including perfect 10-0 seasons in 1955, 1957 and 1964.  He was also the head coach of boys track until 1983.  He served the school as Athletic Director from 1982 until his retirement in 1990.  He remains active coaching Junior High football and winter track, as well as officiating swimming and track meets.

James “Jim” Shelly played football, basketball and baseball for Sell-Perk High School.  Following his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he began pitching softball in several church leagues.  He played for the Sellersville Greenjacket football team from 1946 to 1953 and coached the team in the ‘50s.  At age 65 he still plays football in the church league with two of his four sons.  Jim expects to be pitching in 1991.

George R. Fox – George has been a sports writer on the local scene for 56 years.  He started writing sports columns in high school and has kept on going.  George played football in high school and with several town teams after graduating in 1938.  His greatest contribution, however, was helping to make various sports teams and leagues work.  He helped in the formation of the Tri-County Baseball League and participated in the running of the Big Six Football Conference and Big Nine Basketball League.  George was also one of the organizers of the current Quakertown Blazers baseball team.  George has received numerous awards during his career including the Keystone Press Association Award and the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Media Award.

John “Jack” Slotter – “Jack of all sports and master of all” may be the best way to describe Jack’s athletic abilities and achievements.  Graduating in 1953, Jack earned letters in football, basketball, baseball and track in his sophomore through senior years.  In his senior year he captained the football, basketball and baseball teams and was selected to the All Bux-Mont First Team in each of these sports.  At Lafayette College he played four years of varsity football and baseball and captained both teams in his senior year.  Jack currently lives in Arlington, Texas, where he continues to be active in community and youth athletic activities.