The new TNC 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. Listed below are the individuals that have been elected to the TNC Hall of Fame by year of induction.
To be elected to the Hall of Fame, a prospective inductee must be a US citizen and any current or former TNC 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 TNC 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.
Hall of Fame members elected into the Crossbow Shooting category 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 (What a Gentlemen) Slinzer
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 I.A.U. 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.
Hall of Fame members elected into the Innovators category 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.
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. Hardy is currently living and working in China and we hope to have a more complete biography of him in the near future.
Hall of Fame members elected into the Innovators category 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.)
Henry Lloyd "Harry" Bailey
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. Ancient prejudices had to be overcome first, and they eventually were. Harry Bailey attained his dream in 1947 when the National Archery Association of America added crossbow competition to its own.Gran’pa Bailey had been shooting longbow for 30+ years and after an accident his fingers on his right hand had become numb. 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. Also, there were other archers in his own age bracket that were hanging up their longbows because of the infirmities of old age and they, too, might be able to enjoy archery for a while longer. (You can read more about Harry Bailey in the Virtual Museum section)
Hall of Fame member elected into the Innovators category in 2005:
Robert "Big Bob" Kaufhold
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 barbeque events at his home for the archers/crossbow shooters.