The 2018 class of inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame were introduced Wednesday, June 6th in the lobby of the First Niagara Center Arena. Fifteen individuals will be officially inducted in October at a dinner at the Buffalo Convention Center in front of a crowd of 1,000 plus.

The inductees for 2018 are:

  • Werner “Babe” Birrer (Deceased) – Major League and Buffalo Bison pitcher
  • Bill Bradshaw – Highly acclaimed college administrator
  • Gina Castelli – Canisius College standout hoopster and college coach
  • John Faller – Champion Sweet Home football and lacrosse coach
  • James Hewson (Deceased) – Track and field Olympian
  • Marv Hubbard (Deceased) – Three-time NFL All-Pro fullback
  • “Baby” Joe Mesi – Golden Gloves Champion and undefeated heavyweight boxer
  • Lonnie Nielsen – PGA golfer and senior tour champion
  • Barry Smith – Legendary NHL coach, administrator, Stanley Cup champion
  • Louise, Estelle & Mary Weigel (Deceased) – Figure skating champions
  • Jimmy “Bug” Williams & Rickey Williams – College and professional basketball standouts
  • Jeff Yeates – NFL player and college football standout

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