Jim Abbott Baseball, 1986-88 Jim Abbott was born in Flint, Mich., where he attended Central High School and was a star athlete in both baseball and football. A lefthanded pitcher, Abbott posted a 26-8 career record at Michigan -- still the school record for victories -- and was the 1988 Big Ten Conference Male Athlete of the Year. He was named a 1988 Sporting News College All-American and received the 1987 Golden Spikes Award and the 1988 Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete after leading the U.S. National team to a silver medal at the Pan American Games and pitching the 5-3 gold medal-clinching victory over Japan at the 1988 Olympics. Abbott pitched for the California Angels in 1989, becoming the 15th person in Major League history to go straight to the major leagues. His greatest pitching performance occurred Sept. 4, 1993, while pitching for the Yankees, throwing a complete-game no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. Abbott is also being inducted into the state of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame this year.
Sue Frederick-Foster Track, 1900 An Ann Arbor native, Sue Foster was a six-time Big Ten champion at Michigan. In 1982, she was recognized as an All-American for both indoor and outdoor track and earned All-Big Ten honors in cross country. She finished third at the 1982 AIAW National Championship in the 1,500 meters. Foster still holds the all-time Michigan record for the 1,500-meter run at 4:11.23, which she set in 1983. After graduating in 1983, Foster was ranked the fifth fastest women in the United States in the 1,500 and tried out for the 1984 Olympics. In 1997, she was inducted into the Michigan Women's Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Dr. J. David Gillanders Originally from Royal Oak, Mich., David Gillanders made an immediate impact on U-M's teams, winning NCAA titles in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 400-yard medley relay while helping Michigan win the 1959 team national championship. He again swept the national titles in the butterfly events in 1961, leading U-M to yet another national team title. Gillanders had a decorated international career, winning a gold medal at the 1959 Pan American Games and a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics. He received a Ph.D. in Engineering from U-M in 1972 and has been a professor at Arkansas State University since 1984. He still competes today, swimming in the United States Masters program.
Jarrett Hubbard Jarrett Hubbard grew up in Joliet, Ill., where he was a state wrestling champion. While at Michigan, he earned four All-America honors and won NCAA titles in 1973 and 1974 at 150 pounds. As a freshman at U-M, Hubbard astounded the Big Ten by taking the conference championship at 150 pounds and going on to place fourth at the NCAA Championship. He would claim two more Big Ten titles in 1972 and 1974. A team captain of the 1973-74 squad, Hubbard earned the Cliff Keen Award that year, honoring the wrestler who demonstrates qualities exemplified by Cliff Keen. Hubbard returned to Joliet where he taught and coached at East Joliet High School.
Reggie McKenzie A native of Highland Park, Mich., Reggie McKenzie was a consensus All-American and is considered one of the top pulling guards in history. In three seasons as a starter, he helped U-M break nearly every team rushing record while playing on two conference championship and Rose Bowl teams. He collected All-Big Ten honors in 1970 and 1971. McKenzie was chosen in the second round of the National Football League draft by the Buffalo Bills following graduation in 1972. He played a total of 12 seasons in the NFL, including 11 with the Bills, where he was a part of the famed "Electric Company." In 1984, McKenzie was named to the Bills Silver Anniversary team, and in 2002 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1974, McKenzie founded the "The Reggie McKenzie Foundation" to help youth through sports, health awareness and academics. For his contributions, McKenzie was awarded the Joe Louis Award in 1996 recognizing his commitment to the community.
Vicki Morrow Vicki Morrow came to Ann Arbor in 1983 from Pontiac, Mich., where she was a prep star at Catholic High School. In 1987, she became only the second softball player in Michigan history to gain All-America honors as a pitcher. During her standout senior season, Morrow posted 26 wins and 18 shutouts, totaled 143 strikeouts and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Over her career, Morrow posted 65 victories with 446 strikeouts in 700.2 innings, pitching four career no-hitters, a school record that stands today. Following her career at Michigan, Morrow made the U.S. Pan American Games softball team as an outfielder and won a gold medal. In 1992, she was named to the Big Ten All-Decade team (1982-92).
Chuck Ortmann Chuck Ortmann grew up in Milwaukee, Wis., where he attended Riverside High School. Following a phone call from a Michigan alumnus living in Milwaukee, Ortmann realized his dream of becoming a Michigan football player. Ortmann was the last of Michigan's long line of triple threat tailbacks. He rushed for 676 yards, passed for 2,199 yards and punted as the left halfback on the 1948 and 1949 Michigan Big Ten champion teams. In 1950, he set a Michigan and Big Ten record with 24 punts against Ohio State in the infamous Snow Bowl. Ortmann was an All-Big Ten selection (1949-50), a Chicago Tribune All-Star participant in 1950, and played in the 1951 Hula Bowl. He went onto play two years of professional football with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Texans.
Allen Wahl Allen Wahl came to Michigan from Oak Park, Ill. A tackle, Wahl was twice named an All-American by Grantland Rice in 1949 and 1950. He played on U-M teams that compiled a 21-5-2 record and won three Big Ten titles and one national championship. As captain of the 1950 Michigan squad, he led the Wolverines to their third consecutive conference title. Wahl's collegiate resume also includes a 9-3 win over Ohio State in the notorious Snow Bowl that sent U-M to the Rose Bowl. Wahl was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago Bears but opted for two more years of Army service upon graduation. Prior to coming to Michigan, Wahl was a boxing champion in the Army.
Robert White Robert White was a three-time letterwinner at Michigan (1958-60), earning the Hal Downes Trophy in 1960 as U-M's Most Valuable Player. An All-American in 1958 and 1959, White led the Wolverines in scoring during his senior season (1959-60) with 33 points. Those 33 points could be attributed to his distribution of the puck where he racked up 27 assists. White was known for his aggressive skating style and spectacular rushes.
Henry Wilmore Henry Wilmore grew up in New York City, where he learned to play basketball on the playgrounds. He employed tremendous work ethic and dedication to earn All-America honors at forward in 1971 and 1972. During his Michigan career, Wilmore established himself as one of the best basketball players ever to step on the court in a Wolverine uniform. Wilmore was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, and was twice voted team MVP. Wilmore's 23.6 points per game career average still ranks third all-time at Michigan, while his 1,652 caeer points list ninth. He also ranks third in career free throws made and second in single-season free throws made. Wilmore played on the 1971 USA Pan America Games team, and in 1973 was chosen in the fifth round of the NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.