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Rod Belcher

Inducted: 1999

Outstanding Northwest radio and TV sports broadcaster for over 50 years. He covered UW sports, Major League and Pacific Coast League baseball, Seattle University basketball in the "O'Brien" era, hydroplane races and other major NW events. Voted State of Washington Sportscaster of the Year for three consecutive years during his tenture as KING-TV sports director. Radio voice of the San Francisco 49'ers for one year and a color commentator on the 1964 NBC-TV Rose Bowl telecast.

Bob Blackburn

Inducted: 2001

Recognized as a pro's pro in the sports broadcasting field. He was the original voice of the Seattle Supersonics. His nearly 60 year old career includes announcing over 7000 sports events and 2359 NBA games. His play-by-play coverage includes all major professional and collegiate sports. During 25 years with the Sonics, he was acclaimed among NBA's top three broadcasters. 

 

Royal Brougham

Inducted: 1968

Easily the dean of Northwest sports writers after a career of nearly 60 years, he gained wide renown for his versatility. A veritable globetrotter, he traveled to many nations while spcializing in covering the Olympic Games and heavyweight championship fights for The Seattle P-I.

Pete Gross

Inducted: 2008

Inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1992, Pete Gross served as the radio play-by- play "Voice of the Seahawks" for 17 seasons: from the Seahawks inaugural 1976 season through 1992. One of the most beloved people to have ever been associated with the Seahawks franchise, fans will never forget his numerous "touchdown Seahawks" calls. Over his 17 seasons, Gross called all but the five games he missed in 1992 while battling cancer. His career included eight playoff games, and in the 1983 season Gross came within one game of the Super Bowl when Seattle faced the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship game. The Seahawks lost that game 30-14.

Gross was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, and he succumbed to the disease in 1992, just three days after his induction. He was inducted into the Ring during a Monday Night Football game against the Denver Broncos, a game the 2-14 Seahawks won in overtime.

Prior to moving to the Seahawks, Gross was the play-by-play voice of the University of Washington in both football and basketball. He came to Seattle after calling play-by-play for the University of the Pacific. Gross' legacy remains; the Seahawks are actively involved with the Pete Gross House. The Pete Gross House, which opened in November of 1999, is a 69-unit apartment complex that provides housing for families undergoing treatment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Pete Gross House is also the location of the Hutch School, a fully accredited K through 12 school for cancer patients and their siblings.

The Seahawks took an active roll in seeing the project through to completion and annually hold the "Pete Gross House Luncheon" to raise funds for the continued upkeep of the facility.

Clay Huntington

Inducted: 1999

Called Tacoma's all-purpose ambassador and sports treasure, his radio and television sportscasting career extended over 55 years. He also was a sports writer with several local daily newspapers including The Tacoma Times. He was one of the founders of the Tacoma Athletic Commission in the 1940's. His signature feat was establishing the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.

Les Keiter

Inducted: 2001

Regarded as a broadcast cult figure for over 50 years in the profession. His exciting radio career took him from his native Seattle to New York and Philadelphia. He was the first play-by-play sportscaster for the old American Football League. He covered major boxing on ABC radio and TV. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1941 and retired from broadcasting in Hawaii after gaining national prominence in the field.

Bruce King

Inducted: 2011

Bruce King spent 30 years as Sports Director/Anchor at KOMO-TV where he hosted the University of Washington weekly football and basketball shows and did the radio and television play-by-play of Husky football and basketball games.

 

Bruce also hosted a weekly Monday Night Seahawk Coach's Show on television, and covered the Sonics (including their 1978-79 NBA Championship Season), the Mariners, the Sounders, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University on a daily basis. In addition, he also hosted and presented the KOMO Prep Athlete

of the Month Award.

 

King received numerous accolades during his career including being a four-time Sportscaster of the Year winner in the state of Washington. With his trademark smile, Bruce has continued to volunteer his time as a guest speaker, emcee,

celebrity judge, host &/or participant in community and charity events.

Leo Lassen

Inducted: 1974

His was a rasping monotone, but Leo Lassen's descriptions of Seattle Rainiers' baseball games gained him radio audiences of incredible proportions during the 1930's '40s and '50s in the Puget Sound area. And he was sorely missed when he departed the microphone in 1961. Leo started as a sportswriter and got into broadcasting accidently.

John McCallum

Inducted: 1994

One of state's most prolific sports authors, specializing in football and boxing histories. The native Tacoman wrote over 30 books, several major book club selections. He spent a dozen years in New York City covering major sports for the NEA syndicate. Won varsity letters in wresting and baseball for WSU in the 1940s.

Georg Meyers

Inducted: 2001

One of the most revered sports editors and columnists in the State of Washington. He spent over 35 years with the Seattle Times covering all sports including nine Olympic Games. His sports interest stemmed from boyhood where his father was a professional boxer. In his collegiate days he served as sports information director at the College of Pacific under famed coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Harry Missildine

Inducted: 2001

Legendary Inland Empire sports editor and columnist. He spend nearly 30 years with the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, retiring in 1982. He was six-days-a-week sports columnist covering Washington State University,  University of Idaho and Gonzaga University sports. An accomplished golfer, winner of numerous titles, he has written for Golf Digest and other publications. His career spanned over a half century.

Dave Niehaus

Inducted: 2004

First and foremost aptly describes the Seattle Mariners outstanding play-by-play broadcaster. For nearly three decades he has been the lead announcer for the M's and is recognized as of the best and most exciting in the game. His expressions like "My Oh My" and "It will fly away" for home runs is familiar throughout the Northwest. One of the first members of the Mariners Hall of Fame. His broadcast credits are numerous.

 

 

Vince O'Keefe

Inducted: 1977

One of the deans of the state's sports writers, he covered the sports scence for over a half century. Nearly all of his career was with the Seattle Times. He's been called a newsman's newsman by his peers.

Bob Robertson

Inducted: 2007

Acknowledged as one of the top TV and radio play-byplay announcers in the Northwest. The long-time voice of WSU Cougar football and basketball since 1964, he has been named State Sportscaster of the Year 12 times. He has covered all major sports in the region including Pacific Coast League baseball, Seattle Totems hockey and Seattle Sounders soccer. In 2004, he won the Chris Schenkel National Football Foundation award and is a member of the broadcaster’s wing of the College Hall of Fame.

 

Emmett Watson

Inducted: 2010

Emmett Watson was Seattle's preeminent newspaper columnist for more than 50 years, covering sports for both the Seattle Times and P-I. Baseball was his particular passion. He was Fred Hutchinson's catcher at Franklin High School before Hutchinson went on to a storied career as a Major League pitcher and manager. Watson played for the University

of Washington and later had a cup of coffee with the Seattle Rainiers. The curve ball, he said, ended his career, despite his manger's opinion that behind the plate Watson "had a good squat." 
 
He was more skilled behind the typewriter. Through his influential column, Watson campaigned for Major League baseball in Seattle. When it arrived, it stayed for a single season, 1969, and the Seattle Pilots then absconded to Milwaukee. Subsequently, Watson provided stalwart support to his friend, U.S. District Judge Bill Dwyer, who sued the American League on behalf of city, county, and state citizens for taking their team away. As a result of that landmark suit, Seattle was awarded the franchise that became the Seattle Mariners in 1977. 
 
The Mariners, the Seahawks, and the Huskies never had a better friend than Emmett Watson.

 

 

 

 

 

Milt Woodard

Inducted: 1989

A former College of Puget Sound baseball star who had a distinguised career as a sportswriter for the Tacoma News Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. He was in charge of the Western Open golf tournament for 10 years. He also served as Commissioner of the AFL pro football league.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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