Inductee Class of 1973

Walter Bietila

Walter Bietila

(Ishpeming/Iron Mountain)

a member of Ishpeming's famed "Flying Bietila" family, he is the first American ski jumper named to three U.S.  Olympic teams 1936-40- 48.  He also served as a coach, judge and official in World (FIS) Championships and Olympic Games.

Ray Bray

Ray Bray

(Caspian/Vulcan)

a member of the Helms Athletic Foundation Football Hall of Fame.  He was a football standout at Vulcan High, played three years at Western Michigan, and spent 11 seasons in the NFL, 10 at Chicago, and was an All-Pro guard with the Bears in 1946- 48-49.

Lyman Frimodig

Lyman Frimodig

(Calumet)

an all-around athlete at Calumet High, he was the first 10-letter winner at Michigan State.  He coached at MSU, was the director of intramural athletics until his retirement, and authored "Spartan Saga", a history of MSU athletics.

Herman Gundlach

Herman "Winks" Gundlach

(Houghton)

a Houghton High football captain and the first Harvard player in the NFL with the old Boston Redskins.  A two-way guard known as "Iron Man," he competed three years at Harvard, captained the 1934 team, and played in the 1935 College All-Star game.

Ralph Heikkinen

Ralph Heikkinen

(Bessemer)

the two-time football MVP at Michigan and a unanimous All-American guard in 1939.  He played in the East-West game and was the leading vote getter for the 1940 College All-Star game.  He coached at Virginia and Marquette and was a pro football scout.

Wayne McClintock

Wayne McClintock

(Marquette)

who guided Northern Michigan in its early athletic days as football and basketball coach in 1915-16-17.  He organized and managed the first U.P. high school basketball tournament in 1917 and was a long time athletic official.

Web Morrison

Web Morrison

(Pickford)

who coached Pickford High track teams to 25 straight U.P. titles from 1952 through 1976.  His cage teams won 137 games and three district titles, his 1951- 54 grid teams won 21 straight games and his baseball teams recorded 74 victories.  He serves on the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame Council.

Tauno Nurmela

Tauno Nurmela

(Covington)

a cross-country skier and an outstanding performer in track and field who won 97 first place medals and ribbons in the 1920s and 1930s in the upper Midwest.  Several of his track and field records excelled those of Olympic decathlon greats of the time.

Ben Pederson

Bernhardt "Ben" Pederson

(Marquette)

a four-time Regents Alumni Scholarship student, he was a two-time winner of the Fielding H.  Yost Award for academic and athletic excellence at Michigan.  A tackle for three years, he was a member of the 1950 Rose Bowl championship football team.

Allan Ronberg

Allan Ronberg

(Negaunee/Norway)

a star athlete at Northern Michigan and a 31- year coach known as "The Fox." His Norway High cage teams won 219 games, nine district crowns and three U.P. titles in 22 seasons and his grid teams won 107 games and the 1938 U.P. championship in 31 years.

Mary Wall

Mary Agnes Wall

(Menominee)

recognized as the greatest woman golfer to come out of the U.P. She won three Michigan championships and was runner-up four times from 1942 through 1954 and competed on the national tour with the U.S.  Golf Association Women's amateur program.

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