MILWAUKEE, Jun 12, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Wisconsin Sports Development
Corporation proudly welcomes four new members to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of
Fame tonight at a gala celebration, sponsored by U.S. Bank, at the Midwest
Airlines Center in Milwaukee. Governor Jim Doyle will attend the dinner for the
inductees at 6:45 p.m. at the Midwest Airlines Center.
Inducted tonight will be:
-- Frederick "Fuzzy" Thurston, guard with Vince Lombardi's Green
Bay Packers from 1959-1968. Thurston was key in helping the
Pack win five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls.
-- Mark Johnson, two-time first-team All-American hockey star.
All-time leading goal scorer for the University of Wisconsin
and the leading scorer on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S.
Olympic Team. Following an outstanding 11-year NHL career,
Johnson currently coaches in the collegiate ranks.
-- "Stormin" Gorman Thomas, Milwaukee Brewers 11-year slugger,
outfielder and fan favorite. Thomas hit more homeruns during
the 1978-1982 seasons than any other player in Major League
-- Tommy Bartlett, iconic showman whose transformation of water
sports into spectacle and entertainment became the cornerstone
for the Wisconsin Dells tourist industry.
Thurston, Thomas and Johnson will attend the induction ceremony to personally
accept their honors. Tom Diehl, of Wisconsin Dells, will accept for his former
business partner and close friend, Tommy Bartlett, who died in 1998. The 2003
Class represents the first in which Wisconsin fans were asked to select a Hall
of Fame member through balloting at Wisconsin's 120 U.S. Bank locations and via
Nearly 120 athletes have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its beginning
in 1951. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant
contributions to athletics in Wisconsin and elsewhere and is a property of the
Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation, a nonprofit sports management
organization that operates the Badger State Games, hosts the Ironman Wisconsin
Triathlon and offers health education programs. For more information visit
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