Way To Go Charlie & Walt !
Congrats to Charlie Hoag (posthumously) and Walt Wesley for their ensuing induction on October 5, 2014 to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Here’s an excerpt from my local paper highlighting their careers:
One of the best athletes on KU’s 1952 basketball team, Hoag was a four-sport star who won an Olympic gold medal in basketball and was drafted professionally in football.
A two-time All-Big 7 football player for the Jayhawks, Hoag scored nine points in the 1952 NCAA hoops title game. Hoag was named, along with six of his Jayhawk teammates, to the 1952 U.S. Olympic basketball team which won the gold in Helsinki, Finland. Hoag was drafted to play halfback by the Cleveland Browns in 1953.
Wesley, who is a native of Fort Myers, Florida, was a two-time All-America selection at KU. Wesley led the Jayhawks in scoring in both his junior and senior seasons and averaged over 20 points per game both years. Wesley was named an All-Big 8 selection in 1965 and 1966 and was also selected as a Helms Foundation first-team All-American both seasons.
Wesley’s career scoring average at KU of 19.1 points per game ranks in the top ten of school history.
He was selected in the first round of the 1966 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals and played 10 NBA seasons, registering over 5,000 points and over 3,000 rebounds.
Thanks for posting. These studs were way overdue.
Was anyone else as nutty as I & played multiple sports & for several years for “knock em’ on their asses” Bill Freeman?
One of his many traits I’ll never forget was repeating himself-repeating himself, over & over like a flipping parrot.
He was also very fond of his own personal forms of punishment; the “hamburger line” & the “grind.”
Once after a senior badass called him out & they had a private conversation in the shower area, the kid came out obviously after the scuffle with knots & bruises & stated when asked, “I fell.”
BF was all balls & business. At about 175 # I never saw any lineman take him in practice even once & he challenged them constantly. About the most happy emotion he ever displayed was a smile, & he did that rarely .