Ruth Aarons Among Seven Elected To Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame In Israel

By Joe Siegman | Dec. 03, 2018, 9:42 p.m. (ET)

Ruth Aarons

International Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame

World Table Tennis Champion Ruth Aarons Among Seven Elected To Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame In Israel

1936 & 1937 World table tennis singles champion Ruth Aarons is among seven elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame for 2019.  Only 16-years old when she captured her first title, she is the only American, woman or man, to win a table tennis World Singles title. Those same years, Aarons led the U.S. women’s team to Corbillion Cup (World Championship) victories. And, in 1936, (w/partner Jimmy McClure) Aarons also won the World Mixed Doubles championship.  

 

Others receiving honors are: U.S. World Champion figure skater Sasha Cohen, three-time Major League Baseball All Star Kevin Youkilis, 1950s British auto racing champion Sheliah Van Damm; New Zealand’s two-time World and Olympic rowing champion Nathan Cohen; and Canadian ice hockey pioneer Ben HatskinRoy Salomon, long-time Canadian Maccabiah Games organizing icon, is recipient of the IJSHOF’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Election results are announced jointly by IJSHOF chairmen, Alan Sherman (Potomac, MD), and R. Stephen Rubin (London). The IJSHOF Museum, is located on the campus of Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sport, Netanya, Israel.

 

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