Marquette University Libraries is pleased to present this online collection, illustrating the accomplishments of Marquette’s most elite athletes and coaches, all enshrined in the M Club Athletic Hall of Fame. At present, the bulk of this collection presents digital surrogates made from photographic prints, negatives, and color transparencies. Select paintings, sketches, plaques, and textual materials have been also been digitized. Archivists eventually plan to expand the collection to include a variety of formats.
The Athletic Hall of Fame
The idea for a Marquette Athletic Hall of Fame was born in late 1971, proposed to the University by the “M Club,” an alumni organization composed of former student athletes who had earned varsity letters. Robert Allen (’54 Arts & Sciences), serving as club president, contacted coaches, administrators, and fellow club members and encouraged them to nominate former student athletes and coaches for induction. A selection committee subsequently reviewed the accomplishments of 49 athletes and coaches identified by Allen’s survey.
On November 25, 1972, six individuals were inducted into the inaugural class, with ceremonies at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel:
- Joseph “Red” Dunn (Football)
- Conrad Jennings (Track & Field Coach, Athletic Director)
- Don Kojis (Basketball)
- Donald McFadyen (Ice Hockey)
- Ralph Metcalfe (Track & Field)
- Gene Ronzani (Football, Basketball, Track & Field)
The selection committee began working on a second group of inductees in early 1974, and five more individuals were inducted on April 21, 1974:
- Raymond Buivid (Football)
- Ed Mullen (Basketball)
- Melvin “Bus” Shimek (Track & Field and Cross Country)
- John “Big Train” Sisk, Sr. (Football, Track & Field)
- Ken Wiesner (Basketball, Track & Field)
Since the 1974 inductions, the M Club has met at regular intervals to nominate and induct accomplished athletes, teams, and coaches. A complete listing of all inductees is maintained on the Athletics website.
Related Digital Collections on Marquette University Athletics
Two related digital collections feature materials about Marquette athletics, including members of the Marquette University Athletic Hall of Fame. Interested researchers should consult:
Ralph Metcalfe: The Olympic Years 1932-1936
Women in Blue and Gold: Marquette’s Women’s Athletics
The advanced search option is recommended for the most precise search results when searching the Marquette University Athletic Hall of Fame collection.
Further questions about this digital collection or the selection and workflow procedures involved can be directed to archivist Michelle Sweetser.