Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

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Established in 1951, the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame honors distinguished members of Wisconsin's sports history. The Hall of Fame hosts several annual events, including an induction ceremony to honor new members, nomination luncheons, speaker series breakfasts and more.[1] Bronze commemorative plaques honoring the members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, including Hank Aaron, Vince Lombardi, Oscar Robertson, Bart Starr and others, are displayed in the Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame promenade in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

History[edit]

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1951 by the Milwaukee Arena (now UWM Panther Arena).[2] It was created to "honor outstanding sports figures whose achievements earned them special acclaim."[3] The Hall of Fame plaques were originally available only to paying customers at the Milwaukee Arena;[4] however for the 50th anniversary in 2001, the Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation (WSDC) constructed a Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame outside of the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee so the plaques could be on permanent public display at no cost.[3]

In 2014, the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame was acquired by Lammi Sports Management, a Milwaukee-based sports marketing corporation. Shortly after the acquisition, Lammi Sports announced that Wisconsin Hall of Fame LLC will manage and control the assets related to the Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

Inductees[edit]

See footnotes[5][6][7]

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.[2] New members for the 2016 Hall of Fame class, and each subsequent class thereafter, will be selected by a Wisconsin Hall of Fame LLC board of advisers consisting of Hall of Fame inductees, Wisconsin sports executives and community leaders.[1]

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An asterisk (*) indicates a deceased member

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c D'Amato, Gary (December 15, 2014). "State sports Hall of Fame to resume inductions". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b "History:Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame". Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame – Milwaukee, WI". Waymarking. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Past Inductees: Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame". Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Meet the 2009 Class: Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame". Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Walk of Fame Inductees (sortable by name, team, sport, and year)". Wisconsin Center District. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 

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