1961 Inductees

Easily identifiable in a couple of eras, he was a brilliant football tackle at the University of Washington, then captured a Silver Medal as a shotputter in the 1928 Olympic Games and thereafter became a matinee idol as a movie actor carrying the name of Bruce Bennett. He graduated from Stadium High in Tacoma.

GIL DOBIE – Coach (Football)
Owner of an almost unbelievable success record as University of Washington football coach, where his teams won 63 games without a loss and just four ties in his nine seasons before moving on to greener pastures. He was an automatic choice for the College Football Hall of Fame.

MEL HEIN – Football
One of Washington State University’s all-time grid greats, he picked up many distinctions during his lengthy professional career, among them his selection as the standout center in the National Football League’s history. In addition to being the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1938, he was chosen to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

The “The Tacoma Wonder Boy” enjoyed a meteoric rise to the world’s middleweight boxing championship, by taking a decision over Babe Risko in a Seattle scrap. Freddie defended the title against Risko and in several other fights but in 1938 lost the crown when he suffered a first-round knockout to Al Hostak.