The inaugural Yeshiva University Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on May 8, 2017. With iconic YU coaches and all-time leading scorers for both men and women’s basketball among the inaugural class of honorees, the event paid homage to the rich and vibrant history of Yeshiva University’s Athletic program. Honorees included Yeshiva coaching legends like Bernard “Red” Sarachek, Arthur Tauber, Henry Wittenberg and more who have distinguished themselves in the National Collegiate Athletic Association competition and who best exemplify the University’s highest ideals and mission.
The inaugural Hall of Fame class included New Rochelle resident, Abe Sodden, who ranks 16th all-time in YU basketball scoring history. He played from 1952 to 1956, serving as captain during the 1955–1956 season. Sodden broke the record at the time for most points in a season, with 384 points, by averaging the highest individual points per game (20.2) in school history.
“We are thrilled to gather some of Yeshiva’s most accomplished alumni and honor them at our inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony,” said Joe Bednarsh, YU’s athletic director. “The establishment of the Hall of Fame is both a testament to and reflection of the contributions YU’s athletes and coaches have made to not only the world of sports but to the University for more than a century.”