William Y. Saltzman '32
Induction Year: 1997
Sport(s): Football
Graduation Year: 1932

Bill Saltzman was one of several young men recruited from Philadelphia in the spring of 1928 to help reserve the fortunes of the football program that had won only one game in the previous year and was touted as an outstanding backfield prospect. In his sophomore year, he broke into the starting lineup early and soon became one of the offensive and defensive stars of the team. His best two games were in F&M victories against Swarthmore and Muhlenberg. In the Swarthmore game, his 50-yard run with an intercepted pass set up an F&M touchdown.

He scored touchdowns and kicked extra points in other games, called signals, and ran for 25, 16, and 15-yard gains in setting up the key touchdowns in a 20-0 defeat of Muhlenberg. Saltzman was named captain of the team in his junior season. During that year, he helped lead the team to five victories, including the first over Gettysburg since 1922. In preparation for that game, Coach Jonathan Miller said, "Saltzman has proven to be a fighting leader and I am depending greatly on the two Bills (Britton and Saltzman) on Thanksgiving Day." He was not disappointed. Britton scored the only touchdown of the game and Saltzman was given the game ball by his teammates. In his senior year, Saltzman was a major force on offense and defense, and he added a kicking game as well.

Against Muhlenberg, for example, he scored a touchdown, kicked three extra points and a field goal. He and teammate Benny Mazloff led a defense that limited opponents to an average of five points a game and shut out four opponents, including Gettysburg 2-0. Two other games might have been shutouts but touchdowns were scored late in the games against F&M reserves. After graduating from F&M, he played professional football for several seasons for teams around Philadelphia and Lancaster, and then moved into coaching at Cheltenham High School, where he taught and was head football and basketball coach for many years.

He was also the head wrestling coach at Temple University from 1944-51. But just before WWII, Saltzman found his true calling as a camp director, and found Camp Canadesis in 1941 in the Poconos. The camp soon became (and still is) one of the outstanding camps for sports and outdoor activities in the nation. "Uncle Bill" as Saltzman has been known to thousands of youngsters over the past 50 years, was a great example for young people. Saltzman also founded the Golden Slipper Camp for needy children and the Variety Club for handicapped children, and made sure that those youngsters had opportunities in sports and outdoor activities as well.

Saltzman is being honored posthumously for his outstanding football career and his contributions to sports and athletics after graduation as a coach and revered camp director.