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Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is a promenade in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dedicated to honoring distinguished members of Wisconsin's sports history. New members are honored at a biennial banquet.

History

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1951 by the Milwaukee Arena (now U.S. Cellular Arena).[1] It was created to "honor outstanding sports figures whose achievements earned them special acclaim."[2] The hall of fame inducts new members every two years when it holds an induction ceremony to reveal a large bronze plaque immortalizing each inductee.[2] The plaques were originally available only to paying customers at the Milwaukee Arena.[3]

The Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation (WSDC) became the owner of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. For the 50th anniversary in 2001, the WSDC constructed a Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame outside of the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. The bronze plaques are on permanent display for visitors.[2]

Inductees

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There are almost 130 people inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees come from a variety of sports, including auto racing, football, basketball, water skiing, bowling, baseball, and bicycling, and various Olympic sports.[1] The nominee committee consists of WSDC board members, Wisconsin media, and current Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame members.[7] In 2002 WSDC began a program where it invited the people of Wisconsin to vote for an inductee into the Hall of Fame.[2] Fuzzy Thurston, a former six-time world champion Green Bay Packers football player, received the most votes.[2]

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See also

References

External links

  • Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame official webpage (on Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation website)
  • Walk of Fame Inductees webpage (on Wisconsin Center District website) – sortable by name, team, sport, and year
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