1978 Inductees

JACK FRIEL – Coach (Basketball)
Dean of all-time WSU coaches, he guided the Cougars to over 500 wins in nearly 30 years of coaching. He won five Coast Conference divisional titles and in 1941 competed for the NCAA championship. Long active on the NCAA rules committee.


ROY JOHNSON – Baseball
Roy Cleveland Johnson was born in Pryor, OK. He played major league baseball from 1929 to 1938 as outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Boston Bees, and appeared in the 1936 World Series. Like his younger brother, Indian Bob Johnson, Roy was one-quarter Cherokee and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. From 1926 to 1928, he teamed with Earl Averill and Smead Jolley to give the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League one of its most feared hitting-outfields in minor league history.

An outstanding outfielder, he completed a lifetime average of .296. He was the first Major League rookie to get 200 hits in a season and led the American League in doubles during his rookie year.

DON PAUL – Football
An All-American halfback from Washington State who spent nine seasons in the NFL. An outstanding defensive player, he was named All-Pro in 1955 while playing on the second of three Cleveland Browns championship teams. For five seasons, he played both offensive and defensive for the Browns. From Fife.