Inductee Class of 1976
Alan J. Bovard
an All-Big Ten and All-American football center at Michigan in the late 1920s and coach and director of athletics at Michigan Tech for 25 years. He helped found and was the first president of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame.
an all-around Menominee High athlete in the late 1940s and a talented amateur baseball and softball player. Despite never playing college football, he was the second leading punter in the NFL in 1955 and 1956 while a member of the Green Bay Packers.
who established three world and five American records while winning 11 major speed skating titles in the 1950s. The only skater ever to simultaneously hold the "big four," National Indoor and Outdoor and North American Indoor and Outdoor titles.
(Sault Ste. Marie)
was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974. He played with St. Paul in the American Hockey Association, and in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers. He later returned to the American League Hockey Association as a coach and manager.
Milton "Mickey" Johnson
the tennis coach at Marquette Senior High for 50 years. His teams won 34 U.P. boys' titles, six U.P. girls' crowns, and 90% of their matches. He is a member of the Michigan High School Coaches and NMU Sports Halls of Fame.
Albert F. Kreuz
an all-American fullback and kicker and team MVP at Pennsylvania in the 1920s during the "Iron Man" era of college football and a member of Penn's all-time 1920-1950 team. He played college baseball and pro football with the Philadelphia Quakers of the old AFL.
C.V. "Red" Money
an Ohio Northern and Northern Michigan Hall of Fame member and a coach of all sports, director of athletics and physical education department head for 44 years, including 21 at NMU. A founder of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame and its former executive director.
Eino A. Pulkinen
a charter member of the Michigan coaches Hall of Fame, he was a prep basketball All-American after scoring 28 points in a national tournament in the 1920s. He lettered in three sports at Central Michigan and was a successful high school coach.
Dominic M. Vairo
1934 football captain at Notre Dame and an All-American end after being a three-sport athlete at Calumet High. He was winner of UND's Kanaley Award as the most exemplary senior letterman and played pro football with the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Gunners.
Archie "Beaks" Weston
(Sault Ste. Marie)
the starting quarterback at Michigan in 1917 who debuted with five touchdowns and was named to Walter Eckersall's All-American team. He was a member of Sault High's legendary 1913 team that was undefeated until bowing in the state title game.