Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

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2010 Inductees

2010 Inductee Biographies

BOB BECKER
Served over thirty years as sports reporter, columnist and editor for the Grand Rapids Press. Won the AP Best Column award 3 times and under his leadership, the GR Press sports section won Best Sports Section 3 times competing against both the Detroit News and Free Press. Pioneered both covering women';s sports and hiring women to his staff. In 1976, he sponsored the first HS girls BB tournament and fought to get the state AP to get a girls All-State team chosen. Many of the women he hired went on to jobs with major papers across the country. He also was a leader in integrating the sports staff and hired among others, Terry Foster and Drew Sharp.

GEORGE BLAHA
Now in his 30th year as the voice of the Pistons - second only to Ernie Harwell in service to one team. In 2003 he was voted best play-by-play man by the Detroit News and was awarded the Ty Tyson Award by the Detroit Sportsbroadcasters Association. He works both television and radio during the Piston season both locally and on a statewide network. Also hosts the Piston Weekly television program. Has also served as the voice of Spartan football since 1971 and was named an honorary alumnus by MSU. Served as one of the first hosts of sports talk radio on WXYZ in the 1970';s-1980';s.

STEVE FRASER
Fraser is America's First Olympic Gold Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling and is currently the National - Olympic Greco Coach for the United States. Fraser competed in football, track and field, and wrestling as a high school student. He won a wrestling scholarship to the University of Michigan in 1976. He won national Greco-Roman championships in the 198-pound division in 1982 and 1983, when he also won a gold medal at the Pan-American Games.Fraser won the national freestyle title in 1984 but finished second in Greco-Roman championship. However, he placed first in the 1984 Olympic trials and then became the first U. S. athlete ever to win an Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling. Inducted into the U. S. Wrestling Hall of Fame and the UM Hall of Honor.

BILL FLEMMING
A 1949 graduate of the U of M, Flemming got his start in broadcasting at WUOM in 1949 for a salary of $100 a month. He joined the staff of WWJ radio in 1953 and broadcast Wolverine games through the 1959 season. He became a regional broadcaster for ABC television's NCAA football coverage and also did work for Wide World of Sports and covered major golf tournaments. Reported from pits at 8 Indy 500 races. He has also been the voice of many Michigan and Big Ten highlight films.

MARIAN ILITCH
A native of Dearborn, she, with her husband Mike, helped create one of the top amateur hockey programs in the country, the Little Caesars program. Convinced that the program could be successful, she helped create, organize and fund this elite hockey association which has sent numerous players into the professional ranks. She has also served as one of the co-owners of the Red Wings, which has won 3 Stanley Cup titles during the Ilitch ownership. She has also helped support other amateur sports programs through various foundations and contributions.
RICK LEACH
Born in Ann Arbor and raised in Flint, Leach was a three-sport All-Stater at Flint Southwestern HS. Named HS All-American at quarterback. Started at QB as a freshman and led the team to a second place finish and a berth in the Orange Bowl. Started every game but one during his four year career and finished as the UM passing career passing leader in every major category. Named All-Big Ten 3 times and finished in the Heisman balloting 3 times. Named the Big Ten MVP. as well as several Big Ten and NCAA marks. He won the 1979 Rose Bowl co-MVP award with Charles White of USC. Led the Wolverines to the Rose Bowl three straight years. Named All-American in both football and baseball.

MEG MALLON
Grew up playing golf at the Edgewood CC in Commerce Township and attended Mercy HS before achieving All-America honors at the Ohio State University. Began competing on the LPGA tour in 1987 and won eighteen events on the tour, including four majors – 1991 - LPGA Championship and the Women's Open, 2000 – du Maurier Classic and 2004 - Women's Open. She has also placed nine times on the top ten money winning list – he best being second in 1991. She has represented the US on the Solheim Cup team 8 times through 2005. She was named by the Golf Writers Association as the Female Player of the Year in 1991.

HERMAN MOORE
He was drafted by the Lions as the 10th overall pick out of the University of Virginia in the 1991 NFL draft. At Virginia, the wide receiver set an NCAA record by catching TD passes in nine consecutive games as a junior. With the Lions, he was a key part of one of the most prolific offenses in team history. In 1995 he broke the NFL record for receptions with 123 for 1686 yards, the 4th highest total in league history. He was the 2nd player after Jerry Rice to record three 100 catch seasons and from 1994-97 was selected to 4 consecutive Pro Bowl games. He played 12 seasons while totaling 670 receptions for 9174 yards and 62 touchdowns.

EDDIE MURRAY
A steal of a draft pick for the Detroit Lions, Murray was drafted in the seventh round of the 1980 draft (166 overall) from Tulane. Widely regarded as one of the best kickers to ever play the game. Had the most successful two year stint of any kicker in NFL history missing only two field goal efforts from 1988-89. Currently ranks first all-time for Lions' extra points made (381), most field goals (244) and points (1,113). Was selected to two Pro Bowls in twelve-year Lion career. One of those two trips to Hawaii was in his rookie campaign in which he was selected as the MVP, marking the only occasion a rookie has been honored. Went on to play for several other NFL teams.

JACK ROUSH
Roush Racing has claimed 24 national championships and titles in the two series. In 1988, owner Roush, a former Ford Motor Company employee and road-racing specialist, moved south and expanded his racing business to include a NASCAR Cup series team with driver Mark Martin. Martin won a pole and earned 10 top-10 finishes in that first year. Roush Racing final got its first Cup series championship in 2003 with driver Matt Kenseth. Roush currently runs an unprecedented five teams in NASCAR Nextel Cup Racing along with two teams in the NASCAR Busch series and two more in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

JON URBANCHEK
Head swimming coach at UM for 22 years and was inducted into the ASCA Hall of Fame. Named Big 10 Coach of the Year eight times and has coached 35 individual NCAA National Champions. Has won 13 Big 10 Championships and coached 139 Big 10 Individual Champions. Coached the US Olympic team five times and the US World Championship team four times. Has won numerous Coach of the Year awards. Was also a member of the UM swim team that won NCAA Championships in 1958,59 and 61.

Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

2010 Inductees


Eddie Murray, Scott Lesher (MSHOF Chairman), Jon Urbanchek, Barbara Flemming (representing Bill Flemming), Herman Moore, Marian Ilitch, Rick Leach, Peter Karmanos, George Blaha,
Meg Mallon, Bob Becker, Jack Roush, & Steve Fraser

View photos of the 54th Induction Event

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Press Releases:
September 10, 2010 - Dave Bing Scholarship for Leadership and Achievement
August 7, 2010 - Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes New Board Members
August 3, 2010 - Michigan Sports Hall of Fame - Induction Ceremony Sponsors
June 3, 2010 - Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Announces 54th Induction Event
May 10, 2010 - Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Receives Achievement Award

The Current Inductees
Current Inductee Bios
Current Inductee Press Release

BOB BECKER: Served over thirty years as sports reporter, columnist and editor for the Grand Rapids Press. Won the AP Best Column award 3 times and under his leadership, the GR Press sports section won Best Sports... Read more

GEORGE BLAHA: Now in his 30th year as the voice of the Pistons - second only to Ernie Harwell in service to one team. In 2003 he was voted best... Read more

STEVE FRASER: Fraser is America's First Olympic Gold Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling and is currently the National... Read more

BILL FLEMMING: A 1949 graduate of the U of M, Flemming got his start in broadcasting at WUOM in 1949 for a salary of $100 a month. He joined the staff of WWJ... Read more

MARIAN ILITCH: A native of Dearborn, she, with her husband Mike, helped create one of the top amateur hockey programs in the country... Read more

RICK LEACH: Born in Ann Arbor and raised in Flint, Leach was a three-sport All-Stater at Flint Southwestern HS. Named HS All-American at quarterback. Started at QB as... Read more

MEG MALLON: Grew up playing golf at the Edgewood CC in Commerce Township and attended Mercy HS before achieving All-America honors at the Ohio State University. Began competing... Read more

HERMAN MOORE: He was drafted by the Lions as the 10th overall pick out of the University of Virginia in the 1991 NFL draft. At Virginia, the wide receiver set an... Read more

EDDIE MURRAY: A steal of a draft pick for the Detroit Lions, Murray was drafted in the seventh round of the 1980 draft (166 overall) from Tulane. Widely regarded as... Read more

JACK ROUSH: Roush Racing has claimed 24 national championships and titles in the two series. In 1988, owner Roush, a former... Read more

JON URBANCHEK: Head swimming coach at UM for 22 years and was inducted into the ASCA Hall of Fame. Named Big 10... Read more





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