Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Bernie Bierman

    Class: 1958

    Coached "U" football to five national titles

  • Les Bolstad

    Class: 1958

    One of top golfers, coaches of 20th cent.

  • Frank Brimsek

    Class: 1988

    Eveleth native played 10 seasons in NHL

  • Herb Brooks

    Class: 1990

    Coaches "U" and U.S. Olympic team to titles

  • Walter Bush

    Class: 1989

    Helped bring NHL to Minnesota

  • Rod Carew

    Class: 2006

    12-time All-Star with Minnesota Twins

  • Dr. L.J. Cooke

    Class: 1963

    Coach, administrator at U for 40 years

  • Gil Dobie

    Class: 1963

    College football coaching legend

  • Bob Dunbar

    Class: 1958

    A pioneer in Minnesota curling

  • Carl Eller

    Class: 1989

    Defensive standout for 'U,' Vikings

  • Verne Gagne

    Class: 2006

    16-time world wrestling champion

  • Mike Gibbons

    Class: 1958

    Member of four boxing Halls of Fame

  • Tommy Gibbons

    Class: 1958

    One of the best heavyweights of 1900s

  • Paul Giel

    Class: 1990

    All-American in baseball, football at "U"

  • Frank Goheen

    Class: 1958

    Member of two hockey Halls of Fame

  • Fortune Gordien

    Class: 1958

    Three-time Olympian in track and field

  • Bud Grant

    Class: 1987

    3-sport standout for "U," coaching legend

  • Calvin Griffith

    Class: 1986

    Brought MLB baseball to state in 1960.

  • Halsey Hall

    Class: 1989

    Long career in newspapers, broadcasting.

  • Sid Hartman

    Class: 2018

    Iconic Minnesota media personality

  • Tom Kelly

    Class: 2006

    Managed Twins to two World Series titles.

  • Harmon Killebrew

    Class: 1972

    One of the top sluggers in MLB history.

  • John Kundla

    Class: 1990

    Coached Lakers to NBA's first dynasty.

  • Dorothy Langkop

    Class: 1963

    Olympian in speed skating.

  • Robin Lee

    Class: 1963

    Olympian in figure skating.

  • George Loomis

    Class: 1963

    Harness racing career spanned 50 years.

  • Pug Lund

    Class: 1990

    All-American in football for Gophers.

  • John Mariucci

    Class: 1986

    Helped develop "U" hockey program.

  • Bobby Marshall

    Class: 1988

    All-American in football for U.

  • Jim Marshall

    Class: 1986

    Started 270 straight games for Vikings.

  • Earl Martineau

    Class: 1972

    One of the best halfbacks in U football history.

  • John Mayasich

    Class: 1987

    One of the top amateur hockey players in U.S. history.

  • Dorothy McIntyre

    Class: 2006

    Oversaw addition of girls h.s. sports in state.

  • George Mikan

    Class: 1958

    Playing for Lakers, revolutionized basketball.

  • Vern Mikkelsen

    Class: 1988

    A standout for Hamline and Mpls. Lakers.

  • Tommy Milton

    Class: 1958

    First driver to win Indy 500 twice.

  • John McGovern

    Class: 1958

    One of the first "U" football All-Americans.

  • Clarence "Biggie" Munn

    Class: 1963

    "U" football standout became top coach.

  • Bronko Nagurski

    Class: 1958

    One of the top football players and professional wrestlers of the 20th century.

  • Cindy Nelson

    Class: 1990

    Member of 4 U.S. Olympic ski teams.

  • Mike O'Dowd

    Class: 1958

    Boxing world middleweight champ for three years.

  • Tony Oliva

    Class: 1988

    8-time All-Star with Minnesota Twins.

  • Alan Page

    Class: 1989

    First defensive player to be named MVP of NFL season.

  • Kirby Puckett

    Class: 2006

    Key member of two Twins championship teams.

  • George Quam

    Class: 1963

    Overcame handicap to become standout in handball.

  • Jimmy Robinson

    Class: 1972

    One of the top outdoors writers of the 20th century.

  • Dick Siebert

    Class: 1987

    Coached "U" baseball to three national titles.

  • Bruce Smith

    Class: 1986

    Only Gopher football player to win the Heisman Trophy.

  • Sandy Stephens

    Class: 2006

    Quarterback of only two Gophers teams to reach Rose Bowl.

  • Emmett Swanson

    Class: 1959

    Two-time Olympian in rifle.

  • Dave Winfield

    Class: 2006

    Former Gopher spent 22 seasons in MLB.

  • Max Winter

    Class: 1987

    Helped bring the NBA and NFL to state.

  • Garfield "Gar" Wood

    Class: 1959

    Dominated power-boat racing in first half of 20th century.

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