Inductee Class of 1998

William Cochran

William D. Cochran

(Houghton)

played football and was a U.P. shot put and discus champion for Houghton High School.  At the University of Michigan he played in every game of the 1913-14-15 seasons for coach Fielding H.  Yost and was captain of the 1915 Wolverines and also participated in hockey and track.  

Robert Ellis

Robert "Pappy" Ellis

(Negaunee)

spent more than 40 years as an athlete, coach and official.  Earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and track at Central Methodist College, Mo.  and was a top performer for the U.S.  Army teams in track, football and fastpitch softball.  He coached at Michigamme, Munising and Negaunee high schools.

Willie Erickson

Willie Erickson

(Kingsford)

was a three-time U.S.  National ski jump champion (1956 Class C, 1957 Class B, 1959 Class A) and competed with the U.S.  team in the 1960 Winter Olympics and was team captain and flag bearer at the 1962 World Games.

Bob Iverson

Bob "Hyde Hustler" Iverson

(Escanaba)

known as the "Hyde Hustler" during a brilliant 37 year auto racing career.  He won a record 10 track championships at the Norway Speedway before retiring in 1993 after his 10th title.  He raced throughout the Midwest, also winning track championships in Escanaba and Sault Ste.  Marie, Ont.

Bruce Martyn

Bruce Martyn

(Sault Ste. Marie)

after starting his radio career at WSOO in 1950, Bruce Martyn was the voice of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings for 31 years (1964-95).  He was also a free lance broadcaster, covering Michigan State University football, the NBA's Detroit Pistons and golf.  He was selected to the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bob Mason

Bob Mason

(Sault Ste. Marie)

a two-sport, three-year letterman at Western Michigan University where he received the prestigious athlete-scholar award, and signed a professional baseball contract with the Washington Senators in 1958 and played three years in the farm system.  He coached Dryden, Mich.  High School in football, basketball, baseball and golf, and also officiated for 12 years in four sports.  basketball, golf, baseball and softball from 1960-94.

Nancy Osier

Nancy Osier

(Ewen/Trout Creek)

is the Upper Peninsula's winningest girls high school basketball coach.  The former Northern Michigan University basketball player had a 434-109 record at Bergland and Ewen-Trout Creek high schools through 1997.  The three-time U.P. Class D Coach of the Year won 11 class D district titles, four Class D regional titles and reached the state finals once.

Tony Pivatto

Tony Pivatto

(Crystal Falls)

often referred to as "Mr.  Baseball" in the Crystal Falls area, was an outstanding amateur outfielder.  He also was a men's basketball team sponsor and in 1939 played for Pivatto's Grocers in a 43-42 upset victory over the world renowned Harlem Globetrotters.

Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan

(Marquette)

was an All-American hockey player for Michigan Tech in 1962 and a three-time MVP of the Huskies (1960-62) and was MVP of the semipro Green Bay Bobcats (1962-63).  He played for the semipro Marquette Iron Rangers.  Was coach of Marquette's 1974 state championship PeeWee hockey team, and as head coach at Marquette High School for 19 years, guiding the Redmen to Class A state title in 1977 and 1988 and two runner- up finishs.

Johnny Whittaker

Johnny Whittaker

(Calumet)

an outstanding performer in hockey and fastpitch softball, helped Calumet-Larium win the McNaughton Cup in 1938.  He also played hockey for teams in Baltimore and Chicago and earned all-star honor for Chicago's Midwest League champions in 1934.

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