Boxing, Official 1960
He was born Edwin G. Hofacker in Wooster, but boxed in 105 professional fights under the name of Eddie Atlas. The latter name stayed with him throughout his life. He turned to refereeing fights in 1926 and in 35 years, Atlas officiated over 6,109 bouts, involving such nationally known boxers as Sugar Ray Robinson, Ezzard Charles, Sandy Sadler, Carmen Basilio and Johnny Saxton.
Coached University of Akron baseball for two decades (1940-59>, compiling a record of 288-145. His teams won five Ohio Conference championships and one conference tournament title. He coached such Zip stalwarts as Fritz Nagy, Hank Vaughn, Jim Fenton and Mike Harkins. Beichly earned Ohio College Coach of the Year honors in 1958-59, his last season, directing the Zips to a 21-2 mark. Also served as baseball coach, assistant in football and was athletic director for three years. Before coming to the Zips, Beichly coached at West High where his 1932 cagers won the State Class A Title.
Hayes Alan Jenkins
Ice Skating 1960
He began at the age of nine and in 22 years of competitive skating, captured almost every title available. AT age 19 he captured his first world championship in 1953 in Switzerland, and followed that with the North American, U.S. and world titles for three more years, including an Olympic gold medal in 1956. He shunned professionalism and chose a career in law. In 1960, he married Carol Heiss, an Olympic and national skating champion.
Frederick "Fritz" Pollard
In 1916 Walter Camp had in his All-American backfield Army's Elmer Oliphant, the brilliant Chic Harley of Ohio State and a fleet black whose name had blazed across Eastern sports pages, Brown University's Fritz Pollard. Following World War I, Frank Nied and Art Ranney formed the Akron Pros in the new 11-team American Football Association and one of their first recruits was Pollard. Fritz promptly led the Akron entry to the championship in a league that included Wilbur "Fats" Henry and the great Jim Thorpe.
This Missouri born Akron transplant won the 1946 Masters Tournament by a stroke over Ben Hogan in the age when many of golf's greats were his contemporaries. Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jimmy Demaret were all teeing it up when Keiser, back from service in the Navy in 1945, resumed his golfing career, and became one of the leading money winners in 1946 and 1947. Previously, Keiser had gone to Portage County Club as an assistant to Al Espinosa in 1940 and promptly captured the Akron District Open with a record-shattering 135 and then, added icing to the cake, establishing a new Portage course record of 60. That was a hint of things to come.
One of The University of Akron's great basketball players. At six feet tall, he played pivot but became of the Zips all-time scoring greats with 1,256 points. In the '44-45 season, Nagy scored an average of 23.7 a game while the Zips won 21 or 23 games and were undefeated in Ohio Conference play. That same season, Nagy was named to the Little All-American team and was, in addition, a three-time All-Ohioan.
Managed sandlot baseball teams in the area since 1927, and was associated with the game for more than 56 years. Some of his top teams were the Killian Celtics, league champs six years in a row; Old Dutch and Smith Sheriffs. His Tramonte Black Label teams of the 60's won the Greater Akron Class AA title nine of 10 years.