1974 inductees

  • Jim Houston
    Football 1974

After an outstanding career at Massillon High School, he became a two-time All-American at Ohio State in 1958 and '59. The No. 1 Cleveland Brown's draft choice of the 1960, he stepped right in as Cleveland's regular defensive left end. Houston was known as "Mr. Dependable" during his 12-year pro career. Switching to linebacker in 1963, he was defensive captain his last five years with the Browns. He was the Browns Player of the Year in 1969 and was named to the Pro-Bowl four times.

  • George Izo
    Football 1974

After being named the High School Player of the Year in the Akron District in 1955, Izo headed to Notre Dame where he has a brilliant career. As a junior, Izo completed 60 of 118 passes for 1,067 yards and was named to several All-American teams in 1960, he had the distinction of being named the No. 1 draft choice of the NFL, being taken be the St. Louis Cardinals after he has played in the East-West Shrine Game that year. He went to the Washington Redskins at the beginning of the '61 season where he put in four seasons, concluding his football career in 1964.

  • Milos Shoun
    Basketball 1974

In 1923-24-25 he led Carson Newman College to the collegiate state championship and at 7 feet 2, was billed as the tallest player in basketball. Later he would be listed officially as 6-11 by the Firestone Non-Skids. After college he played briefly with the Chicago Bruins and then went to Firestone in 1928 and played through the 1939 season. During that 11-year span the Non-Skids won nine industrial league titles, four in succession, and captured their first National Basketball League title in 1938-39.

  • Charlie Shipp
    Basketball 1974

In 1933 he led his Indianapolis Cathedral High team to the National Catholic Prep Title. He was offered a contract directly out of high school to play pro football with the Chicago Bears. However, his real love was basketball. Two of his years in basketball were played with the Goodyear Wingfoots (1936-38). The Wingfoots won the National Basketball League Championship both years. After his Goodyear stint he went on to play 13 more years of pro ball including for three Ft. Wayne Piston Pro World championship teams. He earned All-Pro guard honors eight times and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Bill Satterlee
    Coach 1974

Another of the great coaches who have led Akron schools to greatness. Satterlle coached at South High for 21 years. In 1950 his varsity team was runner-up for the state title in the old Columbus Coliseum. Over the years his teams won 10 City Championships, many sectional and district titles and produced at least 10 All-Ohio Selections. At least four of his players were college All-Americans including Jimmy Darrow, Chuck Noble, Jack Freeman and Tommy Farrell. For three years he was President of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and in 1963 was chosen Summit County Coach of the Year.

  • Stu Parry
    Coach 1974

The man generally regarded as bringing the sport of soccer to Akron U, Parry went on to compile a record of 118 victories and only 43 losses and 4 ties. His teams defeated some of the best in the country, winning nine Ohio College Soccer Association titles and four times entered the NCAA Playoffs. He learned the sport at Western Reserve Academy where he captained the soccer team. Later he gained further honors by being named President of the National Soccer Coaches Association. When he came to Akron U there were only six recognized college teams playing soccer in Ohio. Twice he was chosen Ohio Coach of the Year, in 1966 and '68 and eight of his players made All-America a total of 13 times!

  • Rosemary Kelly
    Bowling 1974

These two lady keglers had been bowling together for over 21 years by 1974. Their biggest claim to fame was winning the Ohio Doubles Championship in 1961 with a score of 1312 - a World Record at that time. They began their doubles career at the old Olympic Lanes. Mary Lou got her start at the age of nine in her dad's Bowland. She rolled in her first National All-Star Tournament in Omaha where she placed 20th. Mary Lou has won the Beacon Journal Classic, was Bowlerette of the Year on several occasions and many times winner in the City Tourney. Rosemary got her bowling start in Germany at an American military camp in 1949. She was named a member of the BJ All-Star team five times and Bowlerette of the Year three times. Both Mary Lou and Rosemary were long-time professional bowlers.

  • Dan "Babe" Flossie
    Coach 1974

After graduating from Garfield in 1939 Babe mixed up the next few years between the service and Akron U where football was still his first love. After Garfield High's head coach, Earl Wright, passed away in 1949 Babe, an assistant coach, took over the reins. During his years as head coach of the Rams his teams won 175 games, lost 63 and tied 8 - a winning percentage of .728. His teams appeared in 16 City Championships, winning 12 titles from 1951 through 1973. Included among his honors are three times Summit County Coach of the Year, the Dapper Dan Man of the year, Akron Coached Association Master Coach Award and head coach in the annual North-South game.

  • Mary Lou Keeling
    Bowling 1974

These two lady keglers had been bowling together for over 21 years by 1974. Their biggest claim to fame was winning the Ohio Doubles Championship in 1961 with a score of 1312 - a World Record at that time. They began their doubles career at the old Olympic Lanes. Mary Lou got her start at the age of nine in her dad's Bowland. She rolled in her first National All-Star Tournament in Omaha where she placed 20th. Mary Lou has won the Beacon Journal Classic, was Bowlerette of the Year on several occasions and many times winner in the City Tourney. Rosemary got her bowling start in Germany at an American military camp in 1949. She was named a member of the BJ All-Star team five times and Bowlerette of the Year three times. Both Mary Lou and Rosemary were long-time professional bowlers.

  • Gus Johnson
    Basketball 1974

Following graduation in 1958 from Central High School where he made All-City and All-District and was Player of the Year, he stayed out of school a year before going to Boise Junior College and then Idaho University where the laurels continued to pile up. Drafted by Baltimore, he moved right into NBA stardom - once getting 44 points against San Diego and grabbing 36 rebounds against the New York Knicks. He was a member of the 1971 Baltimore team that made the World Championship finals but, lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. Five times he was named All-Pro and averaged better than 17 points a game during his pro career.

  • Jack DiLauto
    Basketball 1974

A talented pitcher who starred at Akron North, Akron U and in Greater Akron AA baseball before joining the professional ranks. He moved up through the International League to the Major Leagues where he pitched for the New York Mets and the Houston Astros. In 1969 he joined the Mets in the midst of a red hot pennant fight and became the Mets' top left-handed reliever - appearing in 23 games and finishing with an ERA of 2.39. Needless to say, DiLauro was in the right place at the right time as the Mets captured the National League pennant and the World Series. IN 1970 he was with Houston and then finished out his career at Pensacola.