A Sampling of Athletics Legends
From Dayton Area Sports History

 

Administrators

Harry Baujan: University of Dayton football coach and athletics director who compiled a 124-64-8 record at UD from 1923-49. Also coached baseball. Played for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame. A member of National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

 

Lou Cox: Athletics director at Central YMCA for more than 30 years, ending in 1972. Credited with encouraging running and fitness; started careers of Olympic-medal divers Sam Hall and Tom Gompf.

 

Elaine Dreidame: Women’s basketball coach at UD where she was also associate director of athletics in a career that spanned 28 years beginning in 1970 as a professor of physical education. Served two-year term as NCAA Division I vice-president and was in the forefront of gender equity.

 

Tom Frericks: UD basketball player and AD, who was also Chaminade High School coach, going 166-54 before being named AD at UD in 1964. Led the charge to build UD Arena, which opened Dec. 6, 1969. He was also NCAA secretary-treasurer and basketball tournament committee member before his untimely death from cancer Jan. 31, 1992, at the age of 60.

 

Gaston "Country" Lewis: Won 15 letters in football, basketball and track at Wilberforce; coached football (from 1929-56, beginning at Alabama State), track, basketball and cross country at Central State (and Wilberforce); helped Dave Youngblade coach CSU to NCAA cross country championships in 1960 and 1962 and was Central State’s athletics director for 13 years.

 

Bill Marquardt: Lettered in football, basketball and tennis at Fairview High School, then Denison University; coached football at Roosevelt, where he was also a principal. Was an instructor for the Dayton Junior Tennis Foundation and the first pro at Hollinger Tennis Club. He followed Perc Welcome as Dayton Public Schools athletics director.

 

Lefty McFadden: A native of nearby Wilmington, he played baseball, basketball and football, wrote sports for the Dayton Daily News and became a sports promoter and executive. He was the first general manager of the Dayton Gems hockey team in 1964 and also promoted Dayton and New Bremen Speedways. Once pitched in the Reds minor league system and was a fund-raiser for the Nutter Center. Also a GM for the NHL Washington Capitals.

 

Don Mohr: Started athletics department at Wright State in 1967, developing it into 13 men’s and women’s teams. Also coached baseball at the school. Hired John Ross as the school’s first basketball coach at the Division II level.

 

Dr. Dave Reese: Played football at Oakwood High School and Denison and played four seasons (1920-23) for the Dayton Triangles to help start the NFL. He became first commissioner of the MAC in 1946, holding the position longer than anyone, until 1964. Also the, “company dentist” at Delco Products.

 

Perc Welcome: First City League AD after being AD and track coach at Steele High School; helped raise money for the stadium built in 1949 that bears his name and is used by UD as well as Public League schools.

 

Auto Racing

Earl Baltes: Known as the dean of race-track promoters, the former bandleader built the famed semi-banked, half-mile Eldora Speedway in Darke County in 1954, with 13,000 seats.

 

Duke Dinsmore: Dayton bus driver who drove in the Indianapolis 500 six times from 1946-56, finishing as high as 10th in 1947.

 

Harlan Fengler: Drove in the 1923 Indy 500; started as a low-level official at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was chief steward in charge of the 500-mile race for 16 years (1958-73); racing director of the Dayton Speedway.

 

Jack Hewitt: Native of Troy, one of sprint car racing’s 25 greatest drivers as named in a 1999 survey; won a record 21 races as well as two championships in the USAC Silver Bullet dirt car series; became the oldest rookie in Indy 500 history in 1998 when he qualified at age 46, placing 12th.

 

Salt Walther: Qualified for Indy 500 seven times, finishing ninth in 1976; famous for being badly injured in a nine-car pileup in 1973 race, gained respect of other drivers by returning to race in subsequent years; also drove Gold Cup unlimited hydroplanes.

 

Bud Tingelstad: Qualified ten times for Indy 500, finishing sixth in 1964; also drove USAC sprint cars and championship dirt cars.

 

Baseball

Walter Alston: Born in Venice, Ohio, and died in Oxford, lived most of his life in Darrtown. Graduated from Miami University where he played baseball and basketball. Manager of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1954-76 on a series of one-year contracts. Won Brooklyn’s only World Series title in 1955 and managed Dodgers to seven National League pennants and four World Championships. Hall of Fame, 1983.

 

Raymond Brown: Played from 1930-48 in the Negro Leagues, first for the Dayton Marcos in 1930 and finishing with the Homestead Grays. Primarily a pitcher, he also played outfield and hit from both sides of the plate. Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro League historians in 2006.

 

Adam Dunn: Member of first Dayton Dragons team in 2000 when he hit 16 home runs. Went on to play 14 years in major leagues, where he hit 462 homers, tied with Jose Canseco for 37th all-time.

 

Jesse Haines: Became Montgomery County auditor for a record 28 years, beginning in 1950 after concluding 17-year career with St. Louis Cardinals from 1920-37. Was part of World Series championship teams in 1926 and ’34. Won 210 games in majors and was 3-1 in World Series on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Howard "Ducky" Holmes: Legendary owner of the Dayton Ducks (once the Dayton Wings) of Mid-Atlantic League (1933-42); groomed players such as Johnny Vander Meer, who went on to pitch successive no-hitters for the Cincinnati Reds; played in nine games for St. Louis in 1906 and many years in the minors; was also a major league umpire.

 

Austin Kearns: First round draft pick of Reds in 1998 and a member of first Dragons team in 2000 when he posted arguably the best record ever in a Dayton uniform, hitting .306 with 27 home runs and 104 RBIs. Went on to play 12 years in majors.

 

Ted Mills: Managed three local amateur teams to national titles, Cassis Packaging, Parkmoor Restaurant and H.H. Morgan. Helped develop many young players, including Mike Schmidt, the future Baseball Hall of Famer.

 

Ron Nischwitz: Best known in his later years for coaching Wright State baseball teams to 754 victories over 30 seasons, he also pitched at Fairview High School, Ohio State and in the major leagues for Detroit and Cleveland from 1961-65. Returning to Dayton, he reclaimed his amateur status and played past the age of 50 in Dayton Amateur Baseball Commission games.

 

Mike Schmidt: Considered among the game's premier hitting and fielding third baseman as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1972-89; slammed 548 homers, had 1,595 RBI, stole 174 bases, fielded at a .961 clip; elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. Played amateur ball at Fairview High School and Ohio University.

 

Joey Votto: Won a National League MVP award in 2010 after playing with the Dragons in 2003 and ’04 when he was only 19 and 20 years old. Made it to the majors in 2007 and has been with the Reds ever since.

 

Steve Yeager: Meadowdale High School grad enjoyed 15-year career, all bu the last with the Los Angeles Dodgers; played in four World Series, won one title; known for his defensive skills and ability to handle pitchers; batted .228 in his career, but hit .298 in the World Series with four homers.

 

Basketball

Dwight Anderson: Considered one of the greatest prep basketball players in Dayton history; led Roth to the state championship in 1976 as a sophomore; averaged 38 points and 14 rebounds as a senior; played for Kentucky and Southern Cal; NBA career included short stints with the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

Alison Bales: One of top basketball players ever at Beavercreek High School, the 6-foot-7 Bales went to Duke, becoming a premier shot-blocker. Drafted into the WNBA in 2007, played four seasons before entering med school.

 

Arlen "Bucky" Bockhorn: Scored 941 points and grabbed 708 rebounds from 1955-58 at UD; played for NBA's Cincinnati Royals (1958-65) as the other guard with Oscar Robertson; has provided Flyer radio color commentary for nearly 50 seasons.

 

Gary Bradds: Two-time All-America at Ohio State after first attending Kentucky for two days. Player of the Year 1964. Once scored 61 points for Greeneview High School, where gym is named in his honor. Played in NBA and ABA from 1964-71.

 

Roger Brown: A 6-foot-5 forward from New York who was set to play for UD in 1960 but was banned by the NCAA and pros for associating with a known gambler even though he was never found to have done anything illegal. Ban eventually lifted and Brown played eight seasons in ABA, scoring 10,498 points. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

 

Clarence "Butch" Carter: Ohio High School Player of the Year in 1976 at Middletown; played at Indiana 1976-80, hitting winning shot for NIT championship; In six NBA seasons, scored 3,137 points, had 546 rebounds and 683 assists. Coached in college (including at UD 90-91) and in the NBA before coaching Toronto for parts of three seasons, ending in 2000.

 

Roosevelt Chapman: UD's all-time leading male scorer with 2,233 points; led UD team to NCAA regional final in 1984; star of nationally-ranked Flyers team.

 

Barry Clemens: Xenia High School and Ohio Wesleyan University. Drafted by Knicks in 1965 and played 11 seasons with them, Chicago, Seattle, Cleveland and Portland. Scored 5,312 points and pulled down 2,532 rebounds in NBA.

 

Bobby Colburn: Helped win three straight state championships in basketball at Stivers, 1928-30; went on to play at Ohio State (1932-35); played professionally in Dayton and elsewhere. Became a teacher, coach and game official.

 

Jason Collier: Mr. Basketball in Ohio when led Springfield Central Catholic to state championship in 1996. Played two seasons at Indiana before transferring to Georgia Tech, then five years in the NBA. Tragically died of complications from an enlarged heart during his final season.

 

Johnny Davis: Scored 1,562 career points for a 19.3 career scoring average at UD; won an NBA championship with the Portland Trailblazers; also played with the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers before entering coaching.

 

Megan Duffy: Standout player at Chaminade-Julienne High School, became academic All-America at Notre Dame; played three seasons in WNBA beginning in 2006. Took up coaching; became head coach at Miami, then Marquette.

 

Bill Edwards: From Carlisle High School, became one of Wright State’s all-time greats from 1989-93; two-time Midwestern Cities first team, Player of the Year as a senior. Played three games for NBA 76ers, but 12-year pro career, mostly in Europe.

 

Wayne Embry: Out of Yellow Springs’ Tecumseh High School, is Miami's career rebounding average leader (15.5); played 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks; named NBA executive of the year as Cleveland Cavalier general manager; inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

Earl "Red" Gardner: From New Market, Ind., was a two-time Little All-America at DePauw, the played a season with Minneapolis of the Basketball Association of America (which became the NBA) with George Mikan. Minneapolis won the championship. Became a teacher and coach at Oakwood High School.

 

Henry Finkel: A 7-foot-center was the star of nationally-ranked UD teams (1963-66) under Tom Blackburn and Don Donoher; led Flyers to NCAA tournament as both junior and senior; played in NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, San Diego Rockets and Boston Celtics.

 

Johnny Green: Jumpin’ Johnny Green was too small at under six-feet to play basketball at Dunbar High School, but while he was in the Army during the Korean War, sprouted to 6-foot-5 and was touted to Michigan State, which recruited him when he was discharged. Had a stellar career at MSU from 1955-59, and was the Big Ten MVP in 1959. He went on to star in the NBA for several teams from 1959-73.

 

Chuck Grigsby: Dropped out of Stivers High School as a senior to help his mom and because he wasn’t playing basketball. Came back in 1947 to not only play, but star for the Tigers, who won the City League championship. Starred at UD from 1948-52 and played a season for the NBA’s New York Knicks in 1955-56 before entering coaching.

 

Ron Harper: First-team All-State at Kiser High School; second-team All-American at Miami; Miami's all-time leading scorer with 2,377 points and rebounder with 1,119 (1983-86); NBA career has included stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls (where he won three championships, 1996-98) and Los Angeles Lakers.

 

Bill Hosket Jr.: Was member of Belmont team that won the Class AAA title in 1964; was All Big Ten selection at Ohio State and member of the 1968 Olympic gold-medal team; led OSU in scoring and rebounding three straight years, finishing with 1,441 points and 910 rebounds; led Bucks to 1968 Final Four; OSU's first academic All American; played for four NBA teams, including the world champion New York Knicks in 1970.

 

Bill Hosket Sr.: Led Stivers High School to three straight state championships (1928-29-30); top player on prep team that's considered one of Ohio's finest squads ever; only stood 6-foot-4 but was called "Big Bill" because he was the tallest player in the area during this period. Also starred at Ohio State.

 

Negele Knight: Six years in the NBA following a fantastic run with the UD Flyers, where he played until 1990.

 

Jerry Lucas:  First of only three players (the others are Quinn Bucker and Magic Johnson) to win championships at high school, college, Olympics and Pro (NBA) levels of competition. Won two state championships with Middletown (and was runner up for third), one with Ohio State (1960) and two runner-ups; three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, OSU 78-6 during his three seasons of varsity play; seven-time NBA All-Star with Cincinnati, San Francisco and Knicks; member of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

Phil Lumpkin:  Star guard alongside Donald Smith at Roth High School in Dayton, played at Miami from 1971-74 and was drafted into the NBA, where he played two seasons before becoming a Hall of Fame high school coach.

 

Don May: Helped lead Belmont to 1964 state championship and UD to NCAA final and NIT championship; UD's second all-time leading scorer with 1,980 points; made 13 shots in a row against North Carolina in 1967 NCAA semifinal as the Flyers stunned the Tar Heels, 72-64; played for five NBA teams, including the New York Knicks' NBA championship team in 1970.

 

Don Meineke: Member of UD's first National Invitation Tournament team in 1950-51; scored school-record 49 points against Muskingum in 1951; averaged 21.1 points and 11.8 rebounds as a senior and was second-team All-American; NBA’s first rookie of the year with Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons in 1953. Graduate of Dayton’s Wilbur Wright High School.

 

Ann Meyers: Led UD basketball team to the Division II national championship in 1980 with a 83-53 victory over Charleston at UD Arena; a first-team All-American who scored 2,672 points (and 1,293 rebounds) at UD, all-time record men or women, and was named the nation’s best volleyball player.

 

Leland "Junior" Norris: Fairmont High School basketball and baseball player who was an excellent guard on first great UD basketball teams from 1949-52; outstanding amateur baseball catcher; longtime Montgomery County common pleas court clerk.

 

Enoch "Bud" Olsen: Born in Indiana, Olsen moved to Dayton with his family and went to Belmont High School. Chose Louisville as his college (1959-62) and was drafted into the pros, where he played from 1962-70, the first six years in the NBA and the last in the new ABA.

 

Jim Paxson Jr.: Averaged 18 points a game during his UD career from 1975-79 after stellar career at Alter High School; scored 23.2 points as a senior; spent 8 1/2 seasons with Portland and is the Blazers' all-time leader in games played; also played for Boston Celtics. Later general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

John Paxson: Alter High School and Notre Dame star drafted in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs; later won three championships (1991-93) with the Chicago Bulls, playing alongside Michael Jordan.

 

Vitaly Potapenko: Scored 1,113 points in two seasons with the Wright State Raiders; picked 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1996 NBA draft, also played for Boston Celtics, Seattle and Sacramento over 13 NBA seasons.

 

Garry Roggenburk: Played basketball and baseball at UD where he was Flyers' most-valuable player twice in basketball. Helped lead team to its first NIT championship in 1962; was the best baseball pitcher in UD history; pitched for the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Pilots.

 

Donald Smith: Outstanding shooter, led Flyers to NCAA West Regional in 1974 and played in triple overtime loss to UCLA; led the nation in free-throw shooting at .910 as a junior when he average 23.4 points per game; set single-game scoring mark with 52 points against Chicago Loyola in 1973. Graduate of Roth High School.

 

Al Tucker Sr.: One of the stars of Roosevelt's 1934 Class A state championship team; played with the Harlem Globetrotters from 1939-1941.

 

Jim Turvene: Won first parochial big school state basketball with Chaminade in 1966, repeating n 1970. From 1962-72, was 170-59 at Chaminade, before becoming coach at West Carrollton when Chaminade merged with Julienne.

 

Bill Uhl Sr.: The 7-footer scored 1,627 points and grabbed 1,289 boards at UD, earning second-team All-American honors in 1956 as a senior, averaging 18.4 points and 14.7 boards as the Flyers soared to No. 2 in the nation.

 

Tamika Williams: While at Chaminade-Julienne High School was 1997 national high school player of the year by numerous organizations; led C-J to the state Division I finals, where she scored 24 of C-J's 27 points in a losing cause to Pickerington; helped elevate the profile of girls basketball locally. Remains in game as a coach.

 

Boxing

Joe Marinelli: Featherweight contender who in 1940 defeated Joey Archibald and Jimmy Perrin, both former world champs; later trained amateur boxers in Dayton.

 

Joe Sekyra: Heavyweight contender known as "The Bohemian Bobcat;" best known boxer to come from Dayton; in Madison Square Garden on Jan. 4, 1929, lost a decision to German Max Schmeling, who a year later became heavyweight champ; twice beat James Braddock, who ended up heavyweight champ; coached Dayton Golden Gloves entry to national championship.

 

Bowling

Carl Copp: Served as president of the American Bowling Congress; known as "Mr. Bowling" in Dayton, where he headed up the DABC in 1938; helped bring ABC championship to Dayton in 1975; helped start national junior ABC.

 

Linda Kelly: Dayton's best women's bowler; qualified for the Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship; National Pro Women's Bowling Association title; six PWBA Regional titles; qualified for Team USA in 1987; Hall of Fame inductee in 1991.

 

Hockey

Guy Trottier: Sharpshooting winger, played on the first Dayton Gems team in 1964-65, scored 70-plus goals each year; later played for the Toronto Maple Leafs; worked in Dayton after playing career and helped coach several hockey teams, including the Gems and Bombers. Part of cast in movie Slap Shot with Paul Newman.

 

Pat Rupp: goalie on the 1964 and 1968 U.S. Olympic hockey teams; Gems most valuable player in 1966; played a game with Detroit Red Wings.

 

Horse Racing

Jim Morgan: Played basketball at Stivers High School and Louisville before becoming a horse trainer. Guard for Louisville (1953-57), which beat UD for 1956 NIT championship; coached Stebbins High School basketball team to 109-57 record in nine seasons. Entered horse business as a groom in 1966 and rose to be one of the top trainers in the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching

Tom Blackburn: Coached Xenia to state final in 1941, but gained lasting fame as UD basketball coach from 1947-64; credited for spearheading the rise in popularity of the program; coached the school’s first great team in 1948-49; won the National Invitation Tournament title in 1962; teams were NIT runners-up five times.

 

Earl “Red” Blaik: Coached West Point championship football teams in 1945 and 46, featuring Mr. Inside (Doc Blanchard) and Mr. Outside (Glenn Davis). Played at Steele High School and Miami before coaching at Wisconsin, Dartmouth and West Point.

 

Don Donoher: Member of 1953 UD basketball team that upset No. 1-ranked Seton Hall; later coached the Flyers 25 years, leading UD to NCAA title game in 1967 vs. UCLA; won NIT in 1968. Overall record, 437-275. Part of the coaching staff for American team in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

 

Fuzzy Faust: Legendary Chaminade football coach, won 11 city league championships, including one in 1956 after coming out of retirement for one last season to coach his son; compiled a 132-50-10 record; known as a disciplinarian and coached many athletes who went on to become civic, business and political leaders.

 

Gerry Faust: Quarterbacked UD football team to 6-3-1 record in 1957, built Moeller High School football program into a national power; in 1981, took over as head coach at Notre Dame, where he posted a 30-26-1 record; later, head coach and fund-raiser at Akron.

 

Bob Gregg: Was 82-27-5 (including a 29-game winning streak) as Jefferson High School football before going to Centerville, where his teams went 219-62 in 28 years. Centerville won 16 Western Ohio League titles before Gregg retired after 1999 season.

 

Mike Kelly: Compiled record of 246-54-1 as UD football coach from 1981-2007 to become Flyers’ all-time winningest coach; took UD to NCAA Division III playoffs nine times, including four trips to the national title game; won the national championship in 1989 with a 13-0-1 mark

 

Tom Montgomery: Coached football teams at Dunbar, Roosevelt and Roth, wining 14 City League championships at those schools before retiring in 1998. Also coached girls basketball.

 

Jay Niswonger: Coached Valley View High School to three state football championships (1994, ’96, ’97) and once compiled a 62-game regular-season winning streak.

 

Chuck Noll: Pro Football Hall of Famer and Cleveland native who played football at UD and in the NFL with the Browns. Member of UD’s 1951 Salad Bowl team; was on two Cleveland NFL championship teams as a pulling guard and played in four title games; head coach of Steelers for 23 years (1969-1991) and led them to four Super Bowl victories (1975-76-79-80).

 

Joe Petrocelli: As Alter High School’s first basketball coach, recorded his 600th victory in December, 1998, to become third winningest coach in state basketball history. He reached No. 2 with more than 800 victories while taking six teams to state title game, winning championships in 1978 and 1999.

 

Ralph Underhill: Won the 1983 Division II National Championship in basketball at Wright State, where he was head coach 18 seasons, winning 356 games. Also led team to the D1 tournament in 1994. Named National Coach of the Year in 1983.

 

Football

Albert J. Bart: Achieved fame as one of he Seven Blocks of Granite along with Vince Lombardi at Fordham in the 1930s, then went on to play in the NFL in Chicago with both the Bears and Cardinals, but actually spent most of his life in Dayton as a branch manager of the Fruehauf Trailer Co.

 

Dr. Art Bok: UD football player who became team physician for UD and Dayton Gems hockey team. Was All-Ohio halfback in 1948; outstanding runner, pass receiver, punt returner. Scored 132 career points for UD, tying Jack Padley for the UD record at the time. Scored 66 points in 1947, a record that stood for nearly 20 years; scored only TD in much-discussed 7-0 victory over Miami in 1948.

 

Howard “Goon” Brown: Entered Army after starring as football player at Fairview High School, and was wounded in battle. Returned to play at  Indiana, where he was a fullback on IU’s only undefeated team, 9-0-1, in 1945. He also captained IU’s 1946-47 teams and played three years in the NFL with the Lions.

 

Carl M. Brumbaugh: First T-formation quarterback in the NFL for coach George Halas’ Chicago Bears of the 1930s; later won NFL championship with Bears; part of the first radio coverage team of UD football. Attended West Milton High School.

 

Keith Byars: Arguably the best pro football player from Dayton (Roth High School); at Ohio State, Big Ten MVP, All American and Heisman Trophy runner-up; Buckeyes’ fourth all-time rusher with 3,200 yards; played most of his 13-season NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, which drafted him in the first round in 1986, but also played for Miami, New England and the New York Jets; helped sponsor free camp for local youth.

 

Cris Carter: Originally from Troy, played football at Middletown High School and Ohio State. Denied a senior season at OSU because he signed early with an agent, went on to play 12 years in the NFL for Minnesota, Philadelphia and Miami, putting up Hall of Fame numbers which led to his induction in 2013. Caught 1101 passes in the pros for 13,899 yards and 130 TDs.

 

Marco Coleman: Defensive lineman out of Patterson Co-Op High School, part of Georgia Tech’s shared (with Miami and Washington) national championship team of 1990. Played with six teams in NFL from 1992-2005. On the ballot for College Football Hall of Fame.

 

Robert DeMarco: From New Jersey, began his collegiate career at Indiana before transferring to UD as a sophomore. A tackle, he captained the Flyers as a senior in 1960 and was third team All-America by UPI. A 14th-round NFL draft choice, went on to play 15 seasons and was on three pro bowl teams.

 

Bob Ferguson: Ran for 2,089 yards at Troy High School in 1956 when high schools played only eight regular-season games; averaged 261 yards a game that season; All-American at Ohio State, where he finished second on the OSU all-time rushing list with 2,162 yards and was runner up for the Heisman Trophy; played for the Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Jeff Graham: Alter High School and Ohio State receiver who played 11 seasons in the NFL for Pittsburgh, Chicago, New York Jets, San Diego, and Philadelphia, making 542 catches for 8172 yards and 30 touchdowns. Caught 99 passes for 1,809 yards and 12 TDs in three seasons at Ohio State.

 

John Mack Hummon: Born in Leipsic, Ohio, north of Lima, played only basketball and baseball at his small, local high school. Did play football at Wittenberg, starting in 1919, lettering four years and becoming All-Ohio in 1922. Won 16 letters in four sports. Coached and administrated several sports at Oakwood High School and also played three seasons with Triangles in the NFL. Oakwood’s stadium is named after him.

 

Emil Karas: A three-year star lineman at the University of Dayton, from 1956-58, played seven seasons in the NFL for Washington, the Los Angeles Chargers and San Diego.

 

James R. Katcavage: A member of the New York Giants’ heralded “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line, Katcavage teamed with Andy Robustelli, Roosevelt Grier and Dick Modzelewski, the unit known for its relentless pass rush. Played 13 seasons in the NFL, making All-Pro three times. From Pennsylvania, was a three-year starter at UD.

 

George Henry Kinderdine: Grew up in Miamisburg and did not play high school or college football, just played on sandlots in early 1900s. Joined Dayton Triangles in 1917 while working at Delco. Kicked first extra point in Oct. 3, 1920, game that is considered the first-ever NFL game.

 

Gary Kosins: Dayton’s all-time leading rusher out of Chaminade High School, workhorse who carried the ball 779 times for 2,812 yards with 41 TDs and 246 points from 1969-71; also played for the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears.

 

Matt Light: Eleven seasons with New England Patriots after stellar career at Purdue and Greenville High School, where he was a two-way lineman. At Purdue and in the pros, settled in as an offensive guard. Helped win three Super Bowls, entering broadcasting when he retired.

 

Alphonse “Al” Mahrt: Early proponent of the forward pass, he was a regular as a 16-year-old at St. Mary’s Institute (now UD) in 1911. In 1913, joined St. Mary’s Cadets, a precursor to Dayton Triangles. In 1920, led all American Professional Football Association (renamed the NFL in 1922) and was runner up in 1921 for the Triangles. Retired following 1922 season.

 

Braxton Miller: Originally from Springfield, a top-flight quarterback at Wayne High School who went on to win two Silver Footballs as the Big Ten’s leading player while at Ohio State in 2012 and ‘13. Sat out a season with an injury and came back as a wide receiver, which he has been in the NFL for two teams, playing mostly on the taxi squads.

 

Jack Padley: Halfback who played for coach Harry Baujan teams of 1937-39; part of Quaker State backfield; scored 132 points and 22 TDs at UD, both school records at the time; his number (99) was retired; had distinguished military career and retired from Marines as a full colonel in 1959.

 

Lou Partlow: Powerful halfback playing for the West Carrollton Paper Company and later the Dayton Triangles. Credited with scoring the first touchdown in NFL history (even though the league was called the APFA then). Retired after the 1927 season, only to return for a game in 1929.

 

John E. Sauer: Football coach, radio and television sports commentator, high school (Oakwood, All-State 1942) and college football player, and real estate executive, served as backfield coach, 1947-1949, at West Point under head coach Earl Blaik after playing for 1944-45 National Champions. Then coached at Florida and with LA Rams before coaching Citadel in 1955-56. College All-Star assistant and head coach, NFL commentator for CBS and sports director of WING Radio.

 

Nelson S. “Bud” Talbott: One of Dayton Triangles organizers in 1919. Next two seasons coached UD as school changed from St. Mary’s. Graduated from Hotchkiss Preparatory School in 1911; three-year football starting tackle, 1912-1914, for Yale and a consensus All-America in 1913 and in 1914.

 

Chris Ward: Ohio State All-American at tackle, member of four straight Big Ten championship teams; fourth overall player selected in 1978 NFL draft by the New York Jets. Played high school football at Patterson.

 

Golf

Janet Shock Beardsley: Played on Fairmont’s boys’ golf team in 1941; won Dayton Women’s City title five times and was runner-up seven times; won the Women’s Ohio state championship three times; also won the Ohio State Seniors title.

 

Randy Leen: Big Ten player of the year 1996-97-98 at Indiana; low amateur in the 1996 U.S. Open, a semifinalist in the 1997 U.S. Amateur and a member of the victorious 1997 U.S. Walker Cup team. Alter High School grad.

 

Diana Schwab: Maybe best female golfer and one of the best all-around athletes from Dayton area; won many city match play titles, medalist in first U.S. Amateur Public Links Tournament; captured her seventh-straight Dayton District Women’s Golf Association Stroke Play Championship in 1999; coached Fairmont boys’ golf team; founded DDWGA.

 

Harry Schwab: Multi-sport star at Stivers High School where he played football, basketball and golf. Helped basketball team to three state titles and was All-Ohio. Also an outstanding football and basketball official and head golf pro at Community from 1930-71. Won 1953 PGA Seniors.

 

Bob Servis: State high school golf champion from Oakwood; won city match play in 1933 and 1935, competing against older players; five-time Ohio Amateur champion (1933-36-39-40-47); retired at age 33 in 1948.

 

Power Lifting

Larry Pacifico: Nine-time world power weight lifting champion; local fitness guru developed heart problems and admitted using performance-enhancing steroids during last five world title runs; became a fitness trainer and anti-steroid activist.

 

Promoter

Elwood Parsons: first black scout hired by Brooklyn Dodgers’ Branch Rickey; staged Negro League and black basketball games in Dayton in the late 1940s and early 1950s; promoted the Sunday afternoon pro basketball games at the Fairgrounds Coliseum that brought Sweetwater Clifton to Dayton; later part of New York Knicks’ front office.

 

Running/Track

Lucinda Adams: Won gold medal on the U.S. 400-meter relay team in the 1960 Rome Olympics, then became a teacher and administrator in the Dayton City School system for 36 years before retiring.

 

Dave Albritton: Three-time NCAA high jump champ 1936-38; won silver medal in high jump in 1936 Berlin Olympics; as  Dunbar coach, helped break segregation barriers to get the mostly-black school accepted into City League dual track meets; brought national AAU meets to Welcome Stadium; was elected state representative.

 

Tonja Buford-Bailey: At Illinois, won 25 Big Ten individual or relay events; captured bonze medal at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba in 400-meter hurdles; took bronze in 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Meadowdale High School graduate.

 

Deon Hemmings: Central State student from Jamaica was gold medalist in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at Atlanta in the 1996 Olympics.

 

Joe Greene: Developed after Stebbins High School when he won the NCAA long jump; won Olympic bronze in the long jump at Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996, the latter giving Team USA a 1-2-3 sweep.

 

Lavonna Martin-Floreal: Track and field star at Trotwood Madison High School and University of Tennessee, where she was an All-America and won a pair of NCAA indoor championships in 100-meter hurdles. Carried Trotwood to state team championships in 1983 and ’84. Competed on two Olympic teams, winning silver medal in 100-meter hurdles in 1992.

 

Edwin Moses: One of the world’s all-time great hurdlers; dominated the 400-meter hurdles, won the Olympic gold in 1976 and 1984; most famous feat was winning a record-setting 107 straight races. Graduated from Fairview high School and Morehouse College.

 

Chris Nelloms: Most dominate high school runner in Dayton history, at Dunbar; won 11 state individual and relay titles in late 80s; held national and state record in 110-meter high hurdles and state records in 200 and 400 meters.

 

Bob Schul: West Milton High School and Miami University graduate who became the first and only American to win the Olympic 5,000-meter gold medal (1964). Became local distance-running instructor, coach and organizer.

 

Soccer

Gary Avedekian: Legendary Centerville coach who helped raised the profile of the sport in the south suburbs; compiled a 228-33-23 record in 14 seasons with Centerville High School, including winning the state championship in 1984; went on to coach at Ohio State.

 

Missy Gregg: The most acclaimed girls’ soccer player ever from the Dayton area; state’s top high school player before graduating from Alter in 1998; scored Ohio record of 63 goals in one season and 180 in career; third-team All-American as a freshman in 1999 after leading UD to its first NCAA tournament berth.

 

George Demetriades: Legendary Northmont soccer coach who helped raise the profile of the sport in the north suburbs; compiled 289-47-21 record before retiring after 1992 season; teams won state championships in 1978 and 1988, the latter finishing 25-0 and ranked third in the nation. Also coached part time at UD.

 

Softball

Margaret “Chuzz” Armpriester: One of Dayton’s greatest all-around women’s athletes; Chuzz organized softball teams at NCR that participated in four national women’s softball championships and won state and regional titles; a member of the Dayton softball Hall of Fame and the Dayton Women’s softball Hall of Fame. Also a top-flight bowler.

 

Lou DeSaro: Softball czar from Beavercreek and longtime Dayton Metro Amateur Softball Association commissioner; member of the American Softball Association State Hall of Fame and the Dayton Amateur Softball Commission Hall of Fame; previously distinguished himself as a softball player and umpire.

 

Swimming/Diving

Sam Hall: Captured the silver medal in 3-meter diving 1960 Rome Olympics; started his athletic career at the Central YMCA. Kettering Fairmont High School and Ohio State.

 

Tom Gompf: Former Stivers student, captured the bronze medal in platform diving at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics; was national diving and trampoline champion at Ohio State; later coached Olympic divers; started his athletic career at the Central YMCA.

 

Tennis

Beth Herr: State Class AAA champion in 1980-81 from Centerville; captured NCAA women’s singles title at USC; played on the Women’s Tennis Association pro tour; ranked among top 40 pros, won nearly $400,000, qualified for Wimbledon.

 

Frank Kronauge Jr.: A member of one of Dayton’s best-known tennis families; won nine men’s singles championship in the Montgomery County tennis tournament between 1923 and 1933.

 

Barry MacKay: Won state championship at Oakwood and Big Ten championships at Michigan; was ranked No. 1 in the United States in 1960; also in 1960, made U.S. Davis Cup team that took the Cup from Australia.

 

Bill O’Neill: Accomplishments: Reached high school state championship playing for Stivers; No. 1 singles player at UD for four years; won the Ohio state championships in 1955 and was runner-up in singles and doubles in the U.S. Army European championships; honored as Dayton’s tennis player of the century; won every age group in local tennis from 16-and-under to 60-and-over.

 

Wrestling

Jeff Jordan: Four-time state wrestling champion (1980-83) from Graham; he and brother Jim held national record as the only brother duo to both win four state titles.

 

Notable Members of the Local Media

Si Burick: For 58-years sports editor of the Dayton Daily News and onetime WHIO-AM radio sportscaster; wrote four to seven columns weekly and had strong local and national following; elected to the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; and also in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Netanya, Israel.

 

Ritter Collett: Longtime sports editor of the Dayton Journal, the Journal-Herald and editor emeritus of the Dayton Daily News; a member of the writer’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame; covered more than 4,000 games in his nearly 55-year sports journalism career.

 

Hal McCoy: Became in 2002 the third sports writer from the Dayton Daily News to be honored in the writer’s wing of baseball’s Hall of Fame. Covered the Reds regularly from 1973-2009 and beyond, in retirement, as a contributing writer to the DDN. Won several writing awards and is in several Halls of Fame.

 

Omar Williams: Sports director at WDTN-TV for 45 years; known as “The Dean” of local television journalists; reported more than 26,000 sports broadcasts for TV-2; covered sports ranging from the Cincinnati Reds to the Indianapolis 500; called the nation’s first telecast of studio wrestling for Channel 2.

 

Jim Nichols: For more than 50 year covered every aspect of Dayton, especially sports during his first years as a reporter. A longtime promoter of the DDN-Montgomery County Tennis Tournament; promoted tennis so heavily in Dayton that the Jim Nichols Tennis Center is named in his honor.