Inductee Class of 2007
Marion "Mingo" Anderson
A pioneer in women's athletics in the Upper Peninsula, Anderson was the pitcher as the Mehrmann Plumberettes fastpitch softball team won Class C state titles in 1951 and 1952. She was a three-time U.P. Open singles champion in tennis, won U.P. singles bowling titles in 1951 and 1964 and had a 667 series in 1954. She had a hole-in-one in golf and was the only female entrant in speed snowmobile races in Marquette in the early 1950s. She died July 23, 2006.
Allison (Baily) Bottoms
The Upper Peninsula's all-time girls high school basketball scoring champion with 2,131 points at Ewen-Trout Creek High School, Allison Bailey also had 1,357 rebounds and 258 blocked shots. She was MVP of the 1997 state high school all-star game, then had a sterling basketball career at Michigan Tech University. She scored 1,561 points at Tech and set records for career (461) and single-season free throws (137) and most consecutive free throws (25). She was MVP of the GLIAC tourney, a first-team GLIAC North Division all-star and Kodak honorable mention All-America.
An all-around, big-play performer for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers from 1950-56, Lynn Chandnois scored 16 touchdowns. He holds the team career kickoff return record of 29.57 yards, which is second all-time in the NFL. He had two kickoff returns for touchdowns in 1952, when he was selected the NFL's Player of the year. After earning all-state honors at Flint Central High School in football and basketball, Chandnois was a four-year football standout for the Spartans and also played basketball for one year. He ranks first in career pass interceptions (20) and interception return yardage (384) and was the team's MVP in 1948 and an All-American in 1949. He was the State of Michigan's Outstanding Amateur Athlete in 1950.
A two-time Northern Intercollegiate Conference all-star football player at Michigan Tech University, Tom Csmarich was the league MVP in 1966 and joined Tech's Hall of Fame in 1997. He ran for 1,457 yards and caught 48 passes for 600 yards and scored 17 touchdowns for the Huskies. He also had 683 career return yards. Regarded as one of the best athletes to graduate from Ontonagon High School, Csmarich starred in football, basketball and track.
A batting champion in the Mid-American Conference with a .483 average at Western Michigan University in 1961, Al Erickson helped the Broncos reach the College World Series. He was a four-year catcher for WMU (1958-61), then signed a bonus contract with the San Francisco Giants in 1961. He advanced to Class AAA El Paso in 1965 until his career ended with a rotator cuff injury in his shoulder. Erickson played on two state championship baseball teams in Escanaba, in Little League in 1951 and American Legion in 1955. He was a standout fastpitch softball player for the Escanaba Merchants from 1966-78. He also coached Legion baseball in Escanaba and in high school coached baseball at Powers and golf at Manistique.
Wesley "Wackey" Olson
Inventor of the infamous "kick shot" circa 1936-37, Wesley "Wackey" Olson is the brother of UPSHF inductees Eddie and Weldon Olson. Wackey Olson was involved in the promotion and development of hockey at every level, as a player, coach, manager, league supervisor, referee and broadcaster, from his teens in the 1920s through the 1960s. He played with the Upper Peninsula Huskies in the Michigan Olympic Hockey Trials in 1932, then played with Haley A.C. in the Michigan-Ontario Hockey League. Olson, regarded as the best athlete among nine brothers, also played basketball at Marquette Pierce High School, played baseball in the U.P. semi-pro league and performed in Marquette Figure Skating Club ice shows.
A longtime sports broadcaster, Jim Pinar also spent 14 years as an award-winning sports information director at Northern Michigan University. Pinar also broadcast NMU football and basketball games while serving as SID, where his publications received national recognition in six sports from 1988-2002. Pinar was a sportscaster for WDBC, WQLQ-FM and WMxG-FM in Escanaba, WJPD in Ishpeming and WLUC-TV in Marquette. He was a charter member of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame's executive council and was a committee member of the NMU Sports Hall of Fame. He also played football at Escanaba Holy Name High School and Northland, Wis. College and was an assistant football and basketball coach at Gladstone and Escanaba high schools for four years.
A football and track coach at North Dickinson High School, Joe Reddinger directed the Nordics to 11 straight Wolverine Conference football titles and 14-out-of-15. Reddinger, 197-103 through the 2006 season, brought the Nordics to the Class D state football championship game in 1998 and to the semifinals in 1992, 1998, 1999, and 2001. The Nordics have earned 16 straight playoff berths. The track team won U.P. Class D titles in 1993 and 1999. He has served as a basketball referee since 1970 and joined the MHSAA's Upper Peninsula Athletic Committee in 1999.
A pitcher for five Major League baseball teams in a 13-year career, Kevin Tapani compiled a 143-125 record with a 4.35 ERA. He helped the Minnesota Twins win the 1991 World Series by beating Atlanta in Game Two and also pitched for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs. He beat every Major League team except the Cubs and Tampa Bay, the only teams he never faced. Tapani hit two home runs, including a grand slam. He started 354 of the 361 games he pitched, posting nine shutouts and 26 complete games. A savvy pitcher who relied on excellent control (2.4 walks a game) in 2,265 innings. Tapani spent four years pitching for Central Michigan University, going 43-16 with a no-hitter, and was drafted by the Oakland A's in 1986. He was quarterback of Escanaba High School's Class A state championship football team in 1981.
Tom Wender directed Iron Mountain High School to two state football championships (Class C in 1993 and Division 7 in 2000) and was 166-52 in 21 seasons. Iron Mountain also finished second once and made the state playoffs 14 times in that span. IMHS won eight titles in the ultra competitive Mid-Peninsula Conference. After retiring in 2005, he spent 2005 as an assistant coach at Saginaw Valley State University, then joined the Northern Michigan University football staff in 2006. He was instrumental in raising funds for new bleachers, a new field house, running track, practice field, irrigation system, concession stand and outside sidewalks at the IMHS complex.