Inductee Class of 1972

Taffy Abel

Taffy Abel

(Sault Ste. Marie)

a member of the U.S.  ice hockey team in the 1924 Olympic Games and the U.S.  flag bearer for the opening ceremonies.  He played for the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL and on Stanley Cup championship teams in 1928 and 1934.

Heartley "Hunk" Anderson

Heartley "Hunk" Anderson

(Calumet)

an All-American at Notre Dame and an All-Pro with the Chicago Bears.  He coached at Notre Dame, as Knute Rockne's successor, at four other schools, and with the NFL Lions and Bears.  He is a member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

Eddie Chambers

Eddie Chambers

(Crystal Falls)

who coached Crystal Falls High cage teams to 312 wins, 16 district titles, 1932 and 1934 in Class B, 12 consecutive from 1936-1947; 1951 and 1953 in Class C.  Six consecutive U.P. basketball titles in 27 seasons, and to 34 straight wins in 1938-39-40.  He was Michigan's 1927 Big Ten championship cage captain.

John "Doc" Gibson

John L. "Doc" Gibson

(Houghton)

who was instrumental in establishing hockey in the United States.  He was the captain and the leading scorer on the 1904 Portage Lakers which won the American championship over Pittsburgh and the World Championship over the Montreal Wanderers.

George "The Gipper" Gipp

George "The Gipper" Gipp

(Laurium)

an all-around Calumet High athlete and the legendary halfback who was Notre Dame's first All-American in 1920 under coach Knute Rockne.  "The Gipper" scored 83 touchdowns in 32 college games and is enshrined in the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

John MacInnes

John MacInnes

(Houghton)

the legendary ice hockey coach at Michigan Tech whose teams won 555 games and NCAA championships in 1962, 1965 and 1975.  Named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1970 and 1976, he received the NHL's Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the U.S.  in 1986.

Fred Norcross

Fred Norcross

(Menominee)

the 150-pound quarterback and captain of three of Coach Fielding H.  Yost's greatest Michigan football teams which had a record of 33-1-2 and outscored their opponents 1,627 to 30 during the 1903-04-05 seasons.  He later coached two seasons at Oregon.

Gene Ronzani

Gene Ronzani

(Iron Mountain)

a running back for the Chicago Bears for eight easons beginning in 1933 and the head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1950-53.  He was on a state championship basketball team at Iron Mountain High and was the first nine-letter athlete at Marquette University.

Gus Sonnenberg

Gus Sonnenberg

(Marquette)

world heavyweight wrestling champion in 1929 and NMU Sports Hall of Famer.  He played on 1915-16 U.P. champion basketball and football teams at Marquette High, college football at NMU and Dartmouth where he was an All-American, and pro football with Portsmouth and Detroit.

C.C. Watson

C.C. Watson

(Ishpeming)

who coached Ishpeming High basketball teams to a 444-206 record in 37 seasons and captured 18 district and eight U.P. titles.  He was state coach of the year in 1950 when his team won the state title and his 1934-36 clubs won 42 in a row.

Billy Wells

Billy Wells

(Menominee)

the Outstanding Player in the 1954 Rose Bowl when he scored two TDs for Michigan State.  An all-around Menominee High athlete, he scored 17 touchdowns at MSU in 1951-52-53 and played five years in the NFL.

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