ISHA recognizes outstanding achievement of its members with two special award programs: the ISHY  Awards and the Schroeder Award.


The ISHYs program was established to provide recognition for excellence in publications and exhibits by all member sports museums, halls of fame or sports heritage organizations, regardless of size or budget, based upon a competition evaluated by ISHA members and other professionals.

The award categories will include honoring the best in publications, education programming and exhibits and be divided by institutions’ budgets (non-exhibit categories for less the $250,000 and $250,000 or more) They include:

A. Books – hard or soft cover

B. Non-book publications – programs, reports, newsletters, magazines, etc. (printed or digital)

C. Marketing materials – the sub-categories include a) print materials, b) digital marketing, c) video/audio shorts

D. Education programming

E. Hall of Fame inductions and/or annual event support materials

F. The award for best new exhibits will fall into three budgetary categories (Less than US $50,000; US $50,000-$250,000; and more than $250,000).


Legacy Award

The Legacy Award was established in 2018 to recognize an individual or organization located in the geographical area of the annual conference in order to provide an opportunity for the host to honor a local sports heritage contributor.


Schroeder Award

The W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Award is presented periodically and is the highest honor presented by ISHA. It is awarded for meritorious service to ISHA or to the sports museum industry. To be considered, individuals must have made a significant contribution of a lasting nature to the field of sports heritage.


The W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Award was first awarded in 1985 in recognition of Bill Schroeder’s pioneering contributions in the development of sports museums and halls of fame and as a founding father, past president and past secretary of the Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame (ISHA).

Eligibility Requirements:
  • To be considered, individuals must have made a significant contribution of a lasting nature to the field of sports heritage.
  • Nominees may be still actively involved or retired.

The Schroeder Award Committee, which consists of a Board Member and several past Schroeder Award Recipients, reviews potential candidates on a yearly basis and may present a nomination for approval by the Board of Directors.

Click here for the 2020 application.

Any nominations for the Schroeder Award should be addressed to the attention of Chair of the Schroeder Award Committee at [email protected].


Past Recipients of the Schroeder Award for Distinguished Service:
  • Michael Gibbons
    Year: 2021
    Babe Ruth Birthplace

    Mike is a native Baltimorean and worked on a project to revitalize the Babe Ruth Birthplace, and in 1983 became its Executive Director.

    Under Mike’s guidance, the Birthplace expanded its theme to include the Baltimore Orioles, Colts and Ravens, the Maryland Terrapins, and the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. To house the expanding collection, the museum opened Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, a virtual state sports museum, in 2005. Mike stepped down as executive director in 2017, but continues to work with the museum on exhibits, programming, media relations and the collection.

    During his 38-year tenure at the museum, Mike has enjoyed a wide range of speaking appearances on Babe Ruth and Maryland sports including the Today Show, MLB Network, ESPN, Comcast, the National Baseball HOF, and local SABR chapters in Baltimore, Washington and NY.

    “Those who inspire to be a leader can look at Mike’s career and dedication in raising and profiling sport within Maryland. His love and passion for sport and Babe is evident in every talk he gives. I want to congratulate Mike for this well-deserved award!”

    Dana Hart, ISHA President

  • Sheila Kelly
    Year: 2017
    Saskactchewan Sports Hall of Fame
  • Doug Stark
    Year: 2016
    International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Dr. Randon Jerris
    Year: 2015
    United States Golf Association

    Dr. Randon Jerris: Dr. Jerris holds a B.A. in Geology (1991) and an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies (1994) from Williams College, and an M.A. in Art and Archaeology (1996) and a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology (1999) from Princeton University.  He has authored three books: Golf’s Golden Age: Robert T. Jones Jr. and the Legendary Players of the ‘10s, ‘20s, and ‘30s; The Game of Golf and the Printed Word: 1566-2005, with co-author Richard E. Donovan; and The Historical Dictionary of Golf, with co-author Bill Mallon. For his work with Donovan, Jerris was awarded the Murdoch Medal by the British Golf Collectors Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to the game’s history. Dr. Jerris joined the USGA’s staff in a part-time capacity from 1988 through 1996, became the Association’s librarian and historian in 1999 and was named director of the Museum in 2002.  He led the efforts for the design and new construction of the 33,000 square foot Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History and oversaw the renovation of the original Museum structure.  Today as the United States Golf Association’s senior managing director for public services, Rand Jerris oversees a variety of functions, including facilities management, Green Section, philanthropy and grants, strategic and operational planning, and the USGA Museum. He remains active in researching and promoting the history of the game, focused on golf course architecture, golf art and the history of golf in the Alps.

  • Ted Spencer
    Year: 2013
    The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Peter Clark
    Year: 2013
    National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Karen Hewson
    Year: 2011
    Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Diane Imrie
    Year: 2010
    Northwest Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
  • Phil Pritchard
    Year: 2009
    Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Mark Duenkel
    Year: 2008
    International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Mark Stenning
    Year: 2007
    International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Raymond Leverton
    Year: 2005
    US National Ski Hall of Fame
  • Karen Goddy
    Year: 2003
    Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Gerald W. Baltz, Ph.D.
    Year: 2001
    International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
  • F. Tucker Mulrooney
    Year: 2000
    Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Marjorie Smith
    Year: 1999
    Trapshooting Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Ian “Scotty” Morrison
    Year: 1998
    Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Ed Scheele
    Year: 1997
    Greyhound Hall of Fame
  • Braven Dyer
    Year: 1996
    Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Charlie and Emmadale McLeary
    Year: 1995
    Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  • Vaughan L. Baird, Q.C.
    Year: 1994
    Aquatic Hall of Fame and Museum of Canada
  • John Bankert
    Year: 1993
    Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Phillip A. Pines
    Year: 1992
    Hall of Fame of the Trotter (now the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame)
  • James McDowell, Jr.
    Year: 1991
    College Football Hall of Fame
  • Robert B. and Fanny Kutz
    Year: 1990
    Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
  • J. Thomas West
    Year: 1989
    Olympic (Canada)
  • M.H. “Lefty” Reid
    Year: 1988
    Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Peter Webster
    Year: 1987
    British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Bruce Pluckhahn
    Year: 1986
    International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Lee Williams
    Year: 1985
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  • William “Buck” Dawson
    Year: 1985
    International Swimming Hall of Fame