Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

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The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is a promenade in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dedicated to honoring distinguished members of Wisconsin's sports history. New members are honored at a biennial banquet.

History[edit]

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1951 by the Milwaukee Arena (now U.S. Cellular Arena).[1] It was created to "honor outstanding sports figures whose achievements earned them special acclaim."[2] The hall of fame inducts new members every two years when it holds an induction ceremony to reveal a large bronze plaque immortalizing each inductee.[2] The plaques were originally available only to paying customers at the Milwaukee Arena.[3]

The Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation (WSDC) became the owner of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. For the 50th anniversary in 2001, the WSDC constructed a Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame outside of the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. The bronze plaques are on permanent display for visitors.[2]

Inductees[edit]

See footnotes[4][5][6]

There are almost 130 people inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees come from a variety of sports, including auto racing, football, basketball, water skiing, bowling, baseball, and bicycling, and various Olympic sports.[1] The nominee committee consists of WSDC board members, Wisconsin media, and current Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame members.[7] In 2002 WSDC began a program where it invited the people of Wisconsin to vote for an inductee into the Hall of Fame.[2] Fuzzy Thurston, a former six-time world champion Green Bay Packers football player, received the most votes.[2]

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An asterisk (*) indicates a deceased member

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baggot, Andy (November 16, 2009). "2009 Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame inductees in a class by themselves". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "History:Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame". Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame – Milwaukee, WI". Waymarking. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Past Inductees: Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame". Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Meet the 2009 Class: Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame". Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Walk of Fame Inductees (sortable by name, team, sport, and year)". Wisconsin Center District. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ Walker, Don (May 13, 2009). 10 2010 "Nominees for Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 

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