stats on the inaugural class of the Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame,
inducted October 10 as part of Homecoming 2003.
J. Kyle Anderson,
PhB’28, SB’28, starred in baseball from 1926
to 1928. After playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization,
he returned to campus as head baseball coach (1934–71). A
member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame,
he coached the U.S. team in the 1959 Pan American Games.
Noel Bairey Merz, AB’77, was voted the most valuable
player for the Chicago swim team two years in a row. At the 1977
national championships, she finished in the top four in three different
A. Baker II, AB’94, earned Division III All-American
and Academic All-American football honors in 1993 when he ran for
1,606 yards, a University record. All-conference in the UAA for
three years, he holds the record for most career yards (4,283).
AB’36, was a triple threat on the football field. He
averaged 4.2 yards per carry running the ball, 18.4 yards per pass
completion, and 37.3 yards on his punts. In a poll of more than
100 Big 10 players, all but three voted Berwanger the conference’s
best halfback. His senior-year, 85-yard dash against Ohio State
remains one of the great runs in college football. The No. 1 draft
pick in the NFL’s first draft, he was courted by George Halas
and the Chicago Bears—but they were unwilling to meet his
$25,000 asking price. Also a track star, Berwanger ran the 100 in
10.0 seconds, the 120-yard hurdles in 15.6 seconds and the 440 in
49.0 seconds. He pole vaulted 12 feet and threw the shot put 48
feet and the javelin 190 feet. Although he would have been a gold-medal
favorite in the Olympic decathlon, he stayed in school to graduate
“Bud” Beyer, AB’39, captained the gymnastics
team from 1936 to 1938, winning four gold medals in national collegiate
competitions. In the 1940s and ’50s he coached Maroon gymnastics,
and in 1948 he coached the U.S. women’s Olympic team. He also
developed Acrotheatre, a popular combination of gymnastics, ballet,
and the circus that made the cover of Life.
PhB’22, won nine letters in three sports, was All-Big
10 in football and basketball, and captained the Maroon baseball
team. As Michigan’s coach (1938–47) he compiled a 71-16-3
record, introduced the two-platoon system, and took the Wolverines
to a national championship.
Dudley was director of physical culture for women from 1898
to 1935, developing popular intramural programs in basketball, field
hockey, baseball, and tennis.
X’07, starred as a running back, kicker, and defensive
player from 1904 to 1906. A member of the College Football Hall
of Fame, he was named to Walter Camp’s “All-Time All-America
Team” as one of the greatest college football players during
the sport’s formative years.
H. Ellinwood, X’45, set a world indoor-track record
at his first intercollegiate meet in 1936. A Big 10 conference champion,
indoor and outdoor, in the 440- and 880-yard runs, he finished fifth
in the quarter mile in the national championships.
Kelly, AB’86, is the all-time leading scorer (1,924
points) and rebounder (1,056) in Maroon women’s basketball.
All-conference for four years and an All-American, she holds 11
career, season, and game records.
X’36, played on losing basketball teams for three years
and faced double teams throughout the Big 10, but still managed
to rank among the conference scoring leaders for three years. The
All-American was a deadly shooter from the outside and a great one-on-one
player, with moves and flash that were years ahead of their time.
“Ted” Haydon, PhB’33, AM’54, captained
the track team in 1933 and was a national qualifier in the javelin.
Head track coach from 1950 to 1975, he formed the University of
Chicago Track Club, which became a haven for world-class athletes.
A member of the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame, Haydon coached
numerous international teams, including the Pan American Games and
K. Henshaw, X’33, pitched for the University from 1930
to 1932. The All-American went on to pitch in the big leagues for
eight years (three with the Chicago Cubs) on National League teams
that never finished below third place. His best year was 1933, when
he won 13 and lost five with an ERA of 3.26—helping the Cubs
into a World Series against the Detroit Tigers (the Cubs lost in
six games). He played on Cubs teams with Gabby Hartnett, Stan Hack,
Billy Herman, Chuck Klein, and Phil Cavaretta. Henshaw pitched more
than 700 innings in his major league career and left with an ERA
M. Lott Jr., X’28, won Big 10 singles and doubles tennis
championships for Chicago in 1929. A member of the International
Tennis Hall of Fame, he played on Davis Cup teams and won doubles
titles at Wimbledon, the French Open, the U.S. Open, and nearly
40 other international championships.
Jean Mulvaney served Chicago’s athletic program from
1966 until her 1990 retirement. Under her leadership, women’s
programs grew, gaining national attention. She orchestrated the
formation of the University Athletic Association.
Murphy, AB’39, and William E.
Murphy, AB’39, twin brothers who won Big 10 doubles
championships in 1938 and 1939, are entering the Hall of Fame as
a tandem team.
H. Norgren, PhB’14, was the first Big 10 athlete to
win 12 varsity letters in four sports (1911–14). Norgren—who
was All-American in football, was all-conference in basketball and
baseball, and participated in track—returned to campus in
1921, serving as head coach in basketball and baseball for more
than 30 years.
Page, SB’10, starred on Big 10 conference champion
teams in three sports. An end on the football team, a guard on the
basketball team, and a pitcher for the baseball team, he later coached
baseball and basketball, taking the Maroons to Big 10 titles in
AB’78, MBA’83, won 12 varsity letters in three
sports (1973–77). Elected captain on ten of her 12 teams,
she earned MVP honors in volleyball (1975, 1976) and basketball
(1977). In softball she ranks among the University’s top three
for hitting, runs batted in, and stolen bases—hitting .493
with 30 RBIs in 20 games as the Maroons won a 1977 championship.
Silvieus was the first recipient of the Gertrude Dudley Medal, now
awarded annually to the top female student-athlete.
Alonzo Stagg served as head football coach and director of
the Department of Physical Culture from 1892 to 1932. His football
teams were national powers, winning seven Big 10 conference championships
and compiling a record of 242 wins, 112 losses, and 27 ties. Responsible
for countless cutting-edge ideas—including the forward pass,
numbered jerseys, and tackle dummies—that became football
mainstays, Stagg was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame
both as a player and a coach, and the NCAA has named its Division
III championship game the Stagg Bowl.
Joseph H. “Big
Joe” Stampf, AB’41, played basketball from 1938
to 1941, winning the Big 10 scoring title in 1941. With the best
win record of any U of C coach—208 victories and a winning
percentage of .638—he led the Maroons to 13 winning seasons
in 18 years, taking teams to the NCAA College Division quarter-finals
in 1961 and to the tournament’s first round in 1974.
Walter P. Steffen,
PhB’10, JD’12, a member of the College Football
Hall of Fame, led the Maroons to two Big 10 titles as quarterback
in 1907 and 1908. All-conference from 1906 through 1908 and a consensus
All-American in 1908, he is considered one of the great quarterbacks
in college football’s early era.
F. Strauss, PhB’47, fenced in the épée
and foil, leading Chicago to second place in the nation in 1947.
The All-American competed for the 1948 and 1952 U.S. Olympic teams.
Peter B. Wang,
AB’92, earned All-American honors four straight years
as a wrestler. Named Division III’s outstanding wrestler in
1992, he won individual NCAA titles in 1991 and 1992 in the 177-pound