HALL OF FAME HONOREES

CLASS OF 1979

Nate Long
Track and Field

Long coached South High School’s team to seven state championships, and was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Merlin Olsen
Football

Olsen won the Outland Trophy as a Utah State lineman in 1961, and went on to become an All-Pro defensive player and perennial Pro Bowl selection in a 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

Ott Romney
All-Around

Romney was a multi-sport Coach and Athletic Director for Brigham Young after coaching Montana State’s successful basketball team.

CLASS OF 1978

John Mooney
Sportswriter

Mooney was President of the Football Writers Association of America, and became a national figure during a 50-year career with The Salt Lake Tribune.

Fred Sanford
Baseball

Sanford pitched for the St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees, who won the 1948 World Series.

Pres Summerhays
All-Around

Summerhays was an All-American football player for the University of Utah before becoming the Utes’ Head Coach in baseball and skiing, and an assistant in football.

Elmer Ward
Football

Ward was Utah State’s first All-American football player as a lineman, and played for the NFL champion Detroit Lions in 1935.

CLASS OF 1977

Jack Gardner
Basketball

Gardner took the University of Utah to the Final Four in 1961 and 1966, while winning seven conference titles in his 18 years as the Utes’ coach.

Jay Lambert
Boxing

Lambert advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1948 Olympic boxing tournament after winning the Intermountain, Golden Gloves and AAU heavyweight titles in 1947-48.

Kent Peterson
Baseball

Peterson pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies during a career interrupted by military service.

Dale Schofield
Track and Field

Schofield ran the 400-meter hurdles in the 1936 Olympics after establishing conference and AAU records as a Brigham Young sprinter and hurdler.

Stan Watts
Basketball

Watts coached Brigham Young’s teams to National Invitation Tournament championships in 1951 and 1966, while posting a 513-278 record in 23 seasons.

CLASS OF 1976

Hortense Wood Hardesty
Trap Shooting

Hardesty was named to the All-America trap shooting team 15 times, besides winning two Grand American titles.

Wayne Tucker
Softball

Tucker was the first Utahn to become a three-time All-American in fast pitch softball, excelling as a third baseman. As a Player-Manager, he competed in five world tournaments, finishing third in 1939.

Joe Barney
Bowling

Barney dominated the Utah bowling scene from 1940-60, winning 40 tournaments and bowling three 300 games.

Rulon Clark
Basketball

Clark captained the 1916 University of Utah team that won the national AAU championship.

Spencer Adams
Baseball

Adams played in the major leagues for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns, and was known for his fielding ability as a second baseman.

CLASS OF 1975

Butch Knowles
Football

Knowles was a four-time All-Conference football player for Utah State, won a conference title in wrestling and lettered in track.

Claude Engberg
Baseball

Engberg was the General Manager of the Pioneer League’s Salt Lake Bees before becoming the League President and serving in national baseball administration.

Fred Sheffield
Track and Field

Sheffield won NCAA and AAU high jump championships in the 1940s, and also was an outstanding hurdler. In basketball, he captained the University of Utah’s 1944 NCAA championship team, and played for the Philadelphia Warriors.

CLASS OF 1974

Helen Hoffman Bertagnole
Golf

Bertagnole won the women’s Utah State Amateur six times, and defeated Babe Didrickson in the semifinals of the 1939 Western Open. She also was an acclaimed basketball and softball player.

Herman Franks
Baseball

Franks became the Manager of the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs after playing for the Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Athletics. He attended East High School and the University of Utah.

Clint Larson
Track and Field

Larson broke the world high jump record in 1917, and once was declared the best all-around athlete in the history of the U.S. Army.

Linn Rockwood
Tennis

Rockwood won the national Public Parks tournament four times in six years during the 1930s, while also thriving in Intermountain competition.

CLASS OF 1973

Rex Berry
Football

Berry was an All-Pro defensive back and Captain of the San Francisco 49’ers after playing for Carbon High School and Brigham Young University.

Vern Gardner
Basketball

Gardner earned All-American honors and was the MVP of the National Invitation Tournament in 1947, when the University of Utah won the title. He played three seasons for the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA.

Ed Heusser
Baseball

Heusser led the National League with a 2.38 earned run average in 1944 for the Cincinnati Reds. He later posted a 19-3 record for the Montreal Royals of the Triple-A International League.

George Nelson
All-Around

Nelson worked for Utah State University for 35 years, initially serving as the school’s first athletic trainer and meriting induction into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. He also coached the Aggie wrestling team to 10 championships in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Jack Reddish
Skiing

Reddish twice captained the U.S. Olympic men’s team, and won national championships in the downhill and slalom.

CLASS OF 1972

Doug Borg
Softball

Borg pitched in more than 1,200 fast pitch softball games in 30 years. In 1954, he lost only four games, with two defeats coming in the national tournament as his team finished fourth.

Buck Dixon
All-Around

Dixon dominated the Intermountain tennis circuit after earning letters in football, basketball, tennis, and track and field at Provo High School and Brigham Young University. He coached BYU’s golf team from 1947-61.

Blaine Lindgren
Track and Field

Lindgren won the silver medal in the hurdles in the 1964 Olympics after competing for the University of Utah. He won the hurdles event in a USA-Russia dual meet in 1963.

Mac Speedie
Football

Speedie was a record-setting receiver for the Cleveland Browns, being selected to the Pro Bowl three times in the early 1950’s.

CLASS OF 1971

Louis Falck
Football

Falck was the Captain of Utah State’s teams as a quarterback in 1920 and ‘21, and also lettered in baseball, and track and field.

Creed Haymond
Track and Field

Haymond established a world record in the 220-yard dash as a University of Utah athlete in 1915. As a University of Pennsylvania dental student, he was a member of a world-record team in the Penn Relays.

Eddie Kimball
All-Around

Kimball was a four-sport letterman for Brigham Young University, where he became the Football and Basketball Coach and Athletic Director after losing only three games in four years as Jordan High School’s Football Coach.

Bud Shields
Swimming

Shields was named the Outstanding Swimmer in the NCAA in 1928-29 after scoring the most points in the national meets. He also was an All-American sprinter in track.

 

CHARTER CLASS OF 1970

Ike Armstrong
All-Around

Armstrong became the University of Utah’s Football Coach in 1925, and led the Utes to a 140-57-13 record. As the school’s Athletic Director, he helped promote and finance the stadium and field house.

Frank Christensen
Football

Christensen was an outstanding player at Granite High School, and became the University of Utah’s first All-American in 1932. In his three seasons, he scored 235 points.

Jack Dempsey
Boxing

Dempsey became the World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Jess Willard in 1919, before losing the title to Gene Tunney in a legendary bout.

Alf Engen
Skiing

Engen was the North American ski-jumping champion, and competed in the 1940 Olympics before becoming a U.S. Olympic Coach in 1948.

Arnie Ferrin
Basketball

Ferrin was named the “Most Outstanding Player” as a freshman in 1944, when the University of Utah won the NCAA championship. As a senior, he helped the Utes win the National Invitation Tournament title.

Dave Freed
Tennis

Freed was a Captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, and helped develop and promote junior tennis in Utah for 35 years.

Gene Fullmer
Boxing

Fullmer defeated Sugar Ray Robinson to win the World Middleweight title in 1957, and later regained the crown with a knockout of Carmen Basilio. His professional record was 55-9.

Ab Jenkins
Auto Racing

Jenkins pursued speed and endurance records, making the Bonneville Salt Flats famous with his “Mormon Meteor” vehicle.

Perc Jensen
Bowling

Jensen carried a 190 average for 30 years, and competed in 30 American Bowling Congress tournaments while dominating state competition.

Jack Johnson
Football

Johnson played seven seasons for the Detroit Lions after starring as a lineman for Grantsville High School and the University of Utah, where he was an All-American in 1932.

Vadal Peterson
All-Around

Peterson coached the University of Utah to the 1944 NCAA basketball championship and the 1947 National Invitation Tournament title after playing for the Utes.

Alma Richards
Track and Field

Richards won the gold medal in the high jump in the 1912 Olympics, and claimed the world decathlon title in 1915.

E.L. Romney
All-Around

Romney played for the University of Utah basketball team that won the 1916 AAU national championship, coached Utah State’s football team from 1918-49 and the basketball team from 1920-41, before becoming the Commissioner of the Skyline Conference.

Woody Romney
Basketball

Romney was an All-American basketball player for Brigham Young University in 1932 after starring for Dixie High School.

Kent Ryan
Football

Ryan played three seasons as a running back for the Detroit Lions after earning All-American honors for Utah State in 1937. He was also an Aggie basketball star and a U.S. Olympic team alternate.

Paul Strand
Baseball

Strand established Pacific Coast League batting records as a Salt Lake player, and pitched for the Boston Braves, who won the 1941 World Series.

George Von Elm
Golf

Von Elm defeated Bobby Jones to win the 1926 U.S. Amateur, after losing to Jones in the previous two finals.

Homer Warner
All-Around

Warner played for the University of Utah basketball team that won the 1916 AAU national tournament, while also playing football and baseball. He was the Commissioner of the Mountain States Conference.