Rosemary Bellini

Rosemary Bellini, 1953 Induction: 1996  National Four-Wall Champion: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988 National Three-Wall Champion: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 Rosemary Bellini was the first Women’s Champion in 1980, and successfully defended her title for…

Stuffy Singer

Stuffy Singer Stuffy Singer was one of the most physically talented champions. Singer had all the tools. His return of serve and rally game were widely acknowledged as among the best ever. After his 1968 four-wall singles win, Stuffy suffered…

Fred Lewis

Fred Lewis “Steady” Freddy Lewis won his first national title in 1972 and it was considered an upset at the time. But Lewis pulled off five more singles wins to become one of the game’s most durable champions. Fred dominated…

Walter Plekan

Walter Plekan In 1951, at the first USHA National Tournament, Buffalo’s Plekan was making what most experts considered his first and last serious bid for the USHA four-wall championship (Plekan had won several AAU and YMCA titles). It was common…

Lou Russo

Lou Russo Russo was one of the most versatile players ever, winning titles in all versions of the game in singles and doubles. He is the only player to win national doubles titles in all versions in one year (1969),…

Phil Collins

Phil Collins Teamed with Johnny Sloan, Collins dominated the national doubles scene for years. Known as the “Windy City Whiz Kids,” the tandem captured four consecutive national four-wall doubles titles, the longest doubles streak at the time. In 1955, the…

Ruby Obert

Ruby Obert Ruby may have been the smartest and cagiest of the three Obert brothers inducted into the Handball Hall of Fame. Relying on his court sense and skill, Ruby won doubles titles in all three versions of the game.…

Pat Kirby

Pat Kirby The “Weekend Warrior” (nicknamed so after winning 13 of 15 weekend invitational events in one year), will long be remembered as handball’s ambassador to the world. Pat started playing at the age of seven in his native Ireland.…

Steve Sandler

Steve Sandler One-wall kingpin Steve Sandler will be remembered as much for his domination of one-wall handball as for his amusing challenge games. Sandler was known to play with handicaps of one hand tied behind his back, carrying a chair,…

Sam Haber

Sam Haber Sam’s floor-scraping left-hand kill off the back wall may never be duplicated, and it made him the premier left-handed, left-side doubles player in his day. Offense was his strong point, not to mention his uncanny accuracy and percentage…