Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Jeanne Arth

    Class: 1986

    Minnesota women's tennis pioneer

  • Kenneth Bartholomew

    Class: 1959

    14-time national speedskating champion

  • Bobby Bell

    Class: 2006

    2-time Gopher football All-American

  • Charles Albert "Chief" Bender

    Class: 1958

    Member of MLB Hall of Fame

  • Patty Berg

    Class: 1958

    Hall of Fame golfer who help found LPGA

  • 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

  • Natalie Darwitz

    Class: 2020

    Team USA, Gophers legend and hockey coach

  • Gil Dobie

    Class: 1963

    College football coaching legend

  • Chris Doleman

    Class: 2020

    150½ sacks defined Doleman's NFL career

  • Bob Dunbar

    Class: 1958

    A pioneer in Minnesota curling

  • Carl Eller

    Class: 1989

    Defensive standout for 'U,' Vikings

  • John Gagliardi

    Class: 2019

    Unconvential coaching philosophy for a Hall of Fame career.

  • 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

  • Jean Havlish

    Class: 1988

    Top bowler, played in AAGPBL.

  • William "Pudge" Heffelfinger

    Class: 1958

    First professional football player.

  • Walter Hoover

    Class: 1958

    First American to win Diamond Sculls.

  • Lou Hudson

    Class: 2006

    Gopher basketball, 6-time NBA All-Star.

  • Joe Hutton Sr.

    Class: 1972

    Hamline basketball coach for 35 years.

  • Willard Ikola

    Class: 2019

    All-American goalie became a coaching legend.

  • John Johnson

    Class: 1959

    World champ in bicycling, speed skating.

  • Harrison "Jimmy" Johnston

    Class: 1958

    First Minnesota to win golf's U.S. Amateur.

  • Nick Kahler

    Class: 1963

    Hockey pioneer, founded Sportsman's Show.

  • Janet Karvonen

    Class: 1989

    Led growth of girls basketball in state.

  • Mike Kelley

    Class: 1959

    Baseball player, manager, owner.

  • 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.

  • Randall McDaniel

    Class: 2019

    The Hall of Famer was adept at both pass-protection and run blocking.

  • Bob McDonald

    Class: 2020

    The winningest basketball coach in Minnesota high school history

  • Kevin McHale

    Class: 2020

    The Hibbing native is the greatest basketball player in state 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.

  • Randy Moss

    Class: 2019

    The wide receiver was productive from the outset of his NFL career.

  • 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.

  • John Randle

    Class: 2019

    Randle became one of the top pass rushers in NFL history.

  • Jimmy Robinson

    Class: 1972

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

  • Ed Rogers

    Class: 2020

    All-American and captain for some of the greatest Gophers teams

  • 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.

  • Toni Stone

    Class: 2020

    The first woman to play for a men's professional baseball team

  • Emmett Swanson

    Class: 1959

    Two-time Olympian in rifle.

  • Fran Tarkenton

    Class: 1987

    Quarterback of Vikings for 13 seasons.

  • Murray Warmath

    Class: 2006

    Coached "U" football for 18 seasons.

  • Lindsay Whalen

    Class: 2019

    One of the Gophers and WNBA's all-time greats.

  • Edwin Widseth

    Class: 1963

    A two-time All-America in football for "U."

  • Charles "Bud" Wilkinson

    Class: 1972

    Former Gopher became college football coaching legend.

  • Henry L. Williams

    Class: 1958

    Coached Gopher football for 22 seasons.

  • 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.

Originating in 1958, the Star Tribune Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of more than 70 greats who’ve made significant contributions to the rich history of Minnesota’s sporting landscape. From Bronko to Kirby to Sid, with so many great honorees in between, Hall of Fame members make up a tremendous Minnesota Sports legacy.
Minneapolis, MN. October 19, 2002. Gopher women’s hockey vs. St. Cloud. Gophers #20 Natalie Darwitz  shoots and scores her first goal of the game ag
Minneapolis, MN. October 19, 2002. Gopher women’s hockey vs. St. Cloud. Gophers #20 Natalie Darwitz shoots and scores her first goal of the game against St. Cloud goalie Brie Anderson in the first period to put the Gophers ahead 2-0.

Pioneers, hoops greats, football legends named to Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame

February 9
Their accomplishments were special. But what makes the six new inductees memorable is how their impact extended beyond the games they played.
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Watch the 2020 Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame virtual ceremony

March 3
We weren't able to gather in person, but you can watch the ceremony in which six new members were inducted into the Star Tribune Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame.
Chris Doleman returned to the Vikings in 1999 to finish his Hall of Fame career. He tallied 53 tackles and eight sacks this season, bringing his caree
Chris Doleman returned to the Vikings in 1999 to finish his Hall of Fame career. He tallied 53 tackles and eight sacks this season, bringing his career totals to 975 tackles and 150½ sacks.

Chris Doleman: Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2020

February 9
It was not just the dominance of 150½ sacks that defined Doleman's NFL career, it was also the longevity as he missed just two games in 15 seasons.
Natalie Darwitz scored a school record 246 points, including 102 goals, in 99 games for the Gophers. Her collegiate career was only eclipsed by her in
Natalie Darwitz scored a school record 246 points, including 102 goals, in 99 games for the Gophers. Her collegiate career was only eclipsed by her international play, where she captained Team USA for four years.

Natalie Darwitz: Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2020

February 9
The Team USA and Gophers legend is now the head women's hockey coach at Hamline. And when she looks at her legacy in the game, she sees a path stretching behind her and before her.
McHale’s legacy climbed from Hibbing to the University of Minnesota (where he was voted the greatest player in school history) to the NBA where he e
McHale’s legacy climbed from Hibbing to the University of Minnesota (where he was voted the greatest player in school history) to the NBA where he excelled with the Boston Celtics before a long front office tenure with the Timberwolves.

Kevin McHale: Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Class of 2020

February 9
The Hibbing native is the greatest basketball player in state history. He won three NBA titles, was named to seven All-Star teams, is a NBA Hall of Famer and was named one of the leagues 50 greatest players.
Toni Stone’s legend grew over time, as the country recognized her incredible career as a professional baseball player. She shared her story with stu
Toni Stone’s legend grew over time, as the country recognized her incredible career as a professional baseball player. She shared her story with students around the country, including here at Hayes Elementary School in Fridley.

Toni Stone: Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2020

February 9
The importance of Toni Stone was so personal and so monumental that it took decades for America to comprehend it. A Black woman who willed herself to become the first woman to play for a men's professional baseball team.

Bob McDonald: Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2020

February 9
The winningest basketball coach in Minnesota high school history built a legacy of success around 1,012 victories built on discipline, education and empathy.

Ed Rogers: Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2020

February 9
A historic football career including being an All-American and captain for some of the greatest Gophers teams in history was overshadowed by an incredible career in law and his leadership for Native Americans.

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Hartman honored, inducted into Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame

October 25, 2018
Sid Hartman, 98, has 21,000 bylines and 73 years as a columnist, was honored Wednesday night as part of the Minnesota Sports Awards at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Whalen, Moss, Gagliardi among 6 elected to Minnesota Sports Hall

October 31, 2019
The inductees were nominated by Star Tribune readers and journalists, and will be inducted into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame during the Dec. 11 Minnesota Sports Awards.

Meet the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019

December 12, 2019
Six honorees were recognized on Wednesday night in Minneapolis

Reusse: Hall of Fame class driven differently to same successful end

February 27, 2020
There was a quality beyond the norm to be found in all of this year's six people who were inducted in the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

Star Tribune revives Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame

October 16, 2019
The Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame, dormant for a dozen years, will once again honor the state's rich sports history.