Sports & Recreation

9 Badger Hall of Famers

“It’s a great day for hockey,” was the signature saying of the legendary “Badger Bob” Johnson UW Archives S11583

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Elroy Hirsch x’45: In 12 seasons, including nine with the Los Angeles Rams, he was named to three all-league teams and three Pro Bowls.

Mike Webster x’74: “Iron Mike” played more seasons — 15 — and more games — 220 — than any other player in Pittsburgh Steelers history.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Walter “Doc” Meanwell: The UW’s first basketball coach (a practicing physician) lost only one game in his first three seasons.

Harold Olsen 1919: A first-team All-American at Wisconsin in 1917, he later spearheaded efforts in 1939 to create what is now known as the NCAA Tournament.

Chris Steinmetz LLB1905: At 5’9” and 137 pounds, he scored nearly 70 percent of the team’s total offense during the 1904–05 season.

Harold “Bud” Foster ’30: The Badger captain went on to serve as head coach, leading the UW to the 1941 NCAA title.

Hockey Hall of Fame

Bob Johnson: Coached the Badgers to three NCAA titles, the U.S. national team from 1973 to 1975, and the U.S. Olympic team in 1976. He also led the Pittsburgh Penguins to their first-ever Stanley Cup in 1991.

Chris Chelios x’83: A member of the 1983 NCAA men’s ice hockey championship team, he played for the United States in four Olympics and won three Stanley Cups in 27 NHL seasons before retiring at age 48.

Baseball Hall of Fame

Allan “Bud” Selig ’56: The ninth commissioner of Major League Baseball, he also brought baseball back to Milwaukee after the Braves left for Atlanta.

Published in the Winter 2017 issue


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