Inductee Class of 1983
Harold "Babe" Anderson
who coached Nahma High to three state basketball titles, three unbeaten seasons, and 192 wins in 13 seasons. A pro cager at Utica (N.Y.), he was a football, basketball and track athlete in the 1940s at NMU and is in the NMU Sports Hall of Fame.
a two-way player for three seasons in the 1930s at Western Michigan University where he was once selected at fullback on an all-time team. He bypassed a pro tryout offer for a long time teaching and coaching career in his hometown.
Leo J. Brunelle
an official for 30 years who coached Escanaba St. Joseph High to 18 consecutive football wins in the early 1930s. He was coach of all sports at Jordan College, coached at Stephenson High, and was director of athletics there and at Bark River High.
coach of all sports at Iron River, Hancock and Whitewater (Wis.) high schools who football teams won 219 games in 36 years. The U.P. cross-country champion in 1927 at Iron Mountain High, he led the Wisconsin track team two years in scoring.
who career spanned four decades as a coach, athlete and administrator. He came to Bessemer in 1951 after being a four-year letterman in football at Michigan State. He coached all sports and developed summer recreation programs, including a premier Little League.
an all-state fullback at Stambaugh High and former Minnesota fullback. He led Stambaugh to the 1949 U.P. championship Barber Trophy and was the single wing blocking fullback for All-American halfback Paul Giel at Minnesota.
a charter member of the Sports Hall of Fame at NMU where he won 12 varsity letters in three sports in the late '40s and early '50s. He coached downstate and at Gwinn High where the athletic field was named in his honor in 1980.
founder of the Bay de Noc Speed Skating Club and a long-time youth baseball coach. His skating club won the 1938 state championship and his American Legion baseball teams won 14 U.P. crowns and a state title in 1955. A City of Escanaba baseball field is named in his honor.
a receiver and special teams player for the Super Bowl champion New York Jets in 1969. A member of the NMU Sports Hall of Fame, he played four years at Northern, eight in the NFL, and was head coach of NMU NCAA-II playoff teams in 1980-81-82.
an all-state football tackle at Escanaba High in 1941. He played football at Notre Dame in 1942 and competed in track at Michigan State after serving in the Marines in WWII. He was one of 16 finalists for the U.S. Olympic team in the decathlon in 1948.