The USA CROSSBOW Hall of Fame was officially established in 2002 as a way for the organization to award our most illustrious members for the groundbreaking work that they have done in the area of crossbow shooting.
To be elected to the Hall of Fame, a prospective inductee must be a US citizen and any current or former USA CROSSBOW member is eligible. The inductee should have made a significant contribution to the crossbow shooting sport in the United States and/or The National Crossbowmen of the USA, Inc. as an organization. There are two categories to the USA CROSSBOW Hall of Fame that a member can be nominated for: Crossbow Shooting – for those exceptional competitors who have made a significant contribution with their shooting abilities. This is not for one tournament but over a number of years, someone who has truly dedicated the time and effort to maintain a leading position over time. The second category is for members who are and/or have been true innovators and Contributors to the Sport – these individuals are who we all owe much gratitude to because they are the ones who have developed new designs for crossbows and crossbow parts to make our sport better, safer, and more enjoyable to participate in. These individuals may also have helped to develop the sport and the organizations in it. Nominations can be made throughout the year and elections will be held during the annual meeting at the Outdoor Nationals. Nominations should be sent to any member of the Executive Committee, (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer), and should include a short biography of the nominee listing his/her accomplishments in the crossbow shooting sport. At the annual meeting, the person nominating the prospective Hall of Fame inductee should be prepared to give a brief biography of that person’s accomplishments with reasons why he/she should be elected.
Listed below are the individuals that have been elected to the USA CROSSBOW Hall of Fame by year of induction.
Carol Pelosi was elected into the "Crossbow Shooting" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2002:
Born 3/12/46 in Philadelphia, PA; resides in Greenbelt, MD: holds all national women's crossbow records (except for clout division)...has won the US Target Crossbow Championship 34 times since '73...has won the National Indoor Championship 32 times....4-time World Crossbow Champion ('82, '84, '86, '07), bronze medallist in '88 & '90 World Crossbow Championships, 5th in '92, silver medallist in '94, 6th in 2000...member of the 2000 World Crossbow Team...1st in '90 Albufiera Cup; 1st in '94 Wiesbaden Cup, 3rd in '96 Chung-Jean Cup, 2nd in 2000 Lion Foundation Cup, 1st in 2007 Slinzer Cup....Graduated from the University of Maryland in '68 with a degree in English...Retired from the US Office of Personnel Management...interests include golf (is in 3 golf leagues), women's basketball, geocaching, and the stock market.
George Slinzer was voted into the "Crossbow Shooting" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2002.
Born in St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Scranton, Pa. on May 19, 1928. He was adopted by Joseph and Rose Slinzer. George attended Sacred Heart of Jesus School and for 49 years was the caretaker for Luzerne Borough. He was a bow and crossbow archer, began competitive shooting at Penn State University in 1954. He was the first person to win the U.S. Target and Field National in the same year. Between 1963 and 1982 he won the state championship 14 times in the recurve division. At about 1984, George got interested in Field Crossbow and started competing in local events. At the 1986 World Field Crossbow Championship's that took place in Oxford, Ohio, George won the IAU Gold Medal. I have talked to many foreign competitors and they said, "George is such a gentlemen". George continued on shooting crossbow, with some fine scores that all of us would like to have shot.
Gil Frey was elected into the "Crossbow Innovators" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2002.
Gilbert John Frey, was born October 19, 1917 in Illinois. Gil became interested in Crossbow Archery in 1972 and started competing. He was active as Corresponding Secretary for 18 years to the National Crossbowmen and was a large contributor to the Crossbow Chit-Chat. Gil spent many hours tinkering with new ideas and was a huge fan of the Trackless Crossbow. In 1994, at the World Field Crossbow Championships that took place in Wiesbaden, Germany, a Rotating Silver Cup in Gil’s memory was presented to I.A.U. President, Chris Aston to be presented to the Ladies World Champion at each IAU World Championships.
Hardy Ward was elected into the "Crossbow Innovators" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2002.
Some of you may remember Hardy Ward as being one of the top recurve archers from the 1960’s, he was in a number of publications, one of which was “Boys’ Life”. After archery, he came up with the Ward crossbow stock which was a trackless crossbow. Most of the current trackless crossbow designs are based on his Ward stock. The Ward stock was the next significant crossbow design after the Gurik crossbow.
Geroge Gurik was elected into the "Crossbow Innovators" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2003.
In the mid 1960’s George was asked to help in making a crossbow. He said, “let’s get some plans and do it up good”. He found Bailey plans and proceeded to make it. After making one, thoughts came to improve it. His past experience in making recurve long bows, for him was ideal. His prod was a true center shot and his first tournament was at Purdue University in Indiana. Most thought his crossbow would not perform well. It did very well. After that tournament others asked George to build them a crossbow and he did for several until many never kept coming to tournaments. Others had ideas on improving and this has caught on to make the crossbow very accurate. (You can read more about George Gurik in the Virtual Museum section.)
Harry Bailey was elected into the "Crossbow Innovators" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2003.
Henry Lloyd “Harry” Bailey 1874 – 1961: His first target model crossbow looked very much like a rifle with a bow across the barrel. It was a center-shot design, but it did not shoot as well as he thought it should. In 1945 Harry Bailey applied for a patent for his Bailey Crossbow. In 1950 the patent was granted and read: This invention relates to crossbows and it has for one of its objectives to provide a crossbow which is constructed to be used with arrows which are feathered in the same way as arrows used with the conventional longbow.
His love of archery and determination to continue on the shooting line with his friends was responsible for his efforts being turned to crossbow. His motive was not entirely for self-gratification, however, as he envisioned the return of many veterans from the European and Pacific theaters who would not be able to shoot a longbow, but might be able to handle a lightweight crossbow. (You can read more about Harry Bailey in the Virtual Museum section)
Odrun Stevens was elected into the "Crossbow Innovators" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2018.
Odrun is a mentor to many PA crossbow shooters. He has reconditioned many crossbows to make them competitive. Many crossbows used today came through his shop. He was a founder of Appleway Archers in 1984. He started a youth archery program in the early 1990's which is still very active today. He started an archery program at Wilson College in the mid 1990's and is still actively coaching students.
He has been developing crossbows with unique characteristics since working with the legendary John Gracey. His latest model, Version III, made its debut in Florida in 2015 at the WCSA World competition. He claims, "This crossbow, in my mind, is my greatest accomplishment in crossbow design." All vertical adjustments, including the palm rest, are made in the stock area which results in a single hold for all distances. Thus all distances from 20 feet to 80 yards can be made with a single adjustment. You still have to hold still and pull the trigger.
He has been a teacher for 54 years and is currently a professor at Wilson College. He has been a Board Member of the Pennsylvania State Archery Association since 1985. He currently, 2018, holds 27 State and Regional archery records, many of which are crossbow records. Odrun and his wife Connie hold 12 Husband/Wife Team PSAA records.
Some of his accomplishments include:
2nd Place USA Team Member at the Worlds in 1998 held in Valencia, Hungary and at the Worlds in 2007 held in Bloomfield, NJ.
Senior National Crossbow Champion in 2001 held in Canton, MI.
Postal Indoor Champion in 2001 and 2002.
2nd Place in the WCSA World's Forest Round in 2015 held in Fort Lauderdale, FL
He competes with rifles at local competitions
Stan Pennypacker was elected into the "Crossbow Innovators" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2018.
Stan has been involved in some form of archery for over seventy years. Starting with a stick bow and wooden arrows, and gradually changed over time to a recurve bow with aluminum arrows, to a compound bow with fiberglass arrows. While participating in an archery tournament in 1963, he observed a separate line of archers shooting crossbows. Each having been, more or less, designed and built by the shooter. Since he too enjoyed making things, he went home and made his first crossbow for target competition. At the time, Bob Reedy was making limbs for several crossbow shooters. Bob invited him to his home and demonstrated how he made bow limbs. Stan started making limbs in 1984. Several shooters approached Earl Hoyt, Jr. to make limbs for crossbows, but he declined. Earl liked Stan’s limbs, and encouraged him to continue making them.
Stan has designed and built several trackless and track crossbows since 1983. He was the first to make track crossbows that were adjustable to shoot different diameter shafts and later, crossbows with a track that could be adjusted horizontally to obtain perfect arrow flight.
In the 1980’s he placed 1st in the US Nationals, and scored a record 890 in the Pennsylvania State Archery Associations 900 round. A record he held for 25 years. He was outscored by one point by a young fellow for whom Stan modified his bow and set it up with Stan’s limbs. In 1990 he took 1st place in the Worlds IBO Championships in New York. Stan also participated in the World Crossbow Championship tournaments held in Australia, England, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Portugal, and Sweden.
Stan has served as the board member representing the North Central Region of the Pennsylvania State Archery Association for several years, as Vice-Present of the TNC for seven years, and president of the Eastern Archery Association for six years.
William G Pimm Jr was elected into the "Crossbow Shooting / Crossbow Innovators" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2018.
President of The National Crossbowmen of the USA, Inc. (TNC) / USA Crossbow Inc. 1995 – Present - Accomplishments:
Incorporated organization (Twice), once as TNC and then as USA Crossbow Inc.
Designed and developed new web site: www.usacrossbow.org
Designed and developed new USA Crossbow Facebook page
Initiated new TNC / USA Crossbow Hall of Fame
Instituted a new National Rankings program
Write articles for various magazines including Crossbow Connection, USA Archery, Archery Focus, the US & International Archer, Crossbow Magazine
Head Organizer of 2007 WCSA World Championships in Bloomfield, NJ, USA
Head Organizer of 2015 International Crossbow Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
Publish “The Crossbow Chit-Chat” 3 times per year
11 time winner at the US National Outdoor Crossbow Championships
2 time winner US National Indoor Crossbow Championships
10 time winner at the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas
13 time winner at the Atlantic City Archery Classic
6 time US Crossbow team member in Portugal, Germany, Taiwan, Hungary and USA (2)
2007 3rd WCSA World Crossbow Championships
1st place Men’s team
3rd place Men
3rd place MatchPlay - Men
Former 1st Vice President of the World Crossbow Shooting Association
Wrote the rules for the NFAA target crossbow division
Bob Kaufhold was elected into the "Crossbow Innovators" category of the USA Crossbow Hall of Fame in 2005.
Pretty much anyone who shoots field/target crossbow in the United States has used crossbow equipment designed and/or manufactured by Kaufhold Machine. Big Bob manufactured limb mounts, front and rear sight mounts, a wood stock blank, an excellent trigger designed to shoot with trackless crossbows. All of which are available today for the many do-it-yourselfers that make up the target crossbow sport. One of the most widely used components that Kaufhold Machine developed and markets is their limbs. The limbs have gone through many iterations up to the new carbon limbs that were released to the market a couple of years ago. Currently, all outdoor world records are held with Kaufhold limbs and they are fast becoming the limb of choice overseas as well as in the US. An expert archer, he founded the York and Lancaster Archery clubs. He was past president of the Eastern U.S. Archery Association and earned its championship titles in 1957, 1962, and 1966. He also was the Pennsylvania YMCA archery champion in 1950. In 1981, he managed the U.S. archery team that competed in Japan. Big Bob was also an accomplished crossbow shooter participating in numerous World Championships as well as being a standard participant at the Outdoor Nationals. He used to host archery/crossbow tournaments near his home in Lancaster PA and Big Bob would frequently host barbecue events at his home for the archers/crossbow shooters.