1984 Hall of Honor
An outstanding athlete who achieved impressive credentials as an Illinois all-state performer in football, basketball, and golf at Rockford West High School, “Sour” Anderson earned his greatest collegiate acclaims as a guard on the hardcourt. He became highly regarded for his coordination, natural ability, leadership, and ball-handling skills as a four-year regular on Beloit teams which recorded 100 victories while losing only 15 games. Coached by Hall of Honor member Dolph Stanley, Anderson and his teammates won 30 of 40 contests – and 30 in a row – on the way to four successive Midwest Conference championships, and they made three appearances in the prestigious NAIB Tournament in Kansas City, capturing third place in 1949. A three-time all-conference selection and a Little All-American, Anderson scored 814 points as a collegian and lettered twice each in football and golf. He later competed on the Fort Leonard Wood basketball team and won Most Valuable Player honors in the 5th Army Tournament; he also was a member of the Caterpillar Tractor Company’s AAU champions. Anderson is currently employed as a regional sales manager in the Cleveland office of the Gardner Machine Company.
“Greater athletes than he may have lived, but we doubt it” was the tribute paid to George Fucik in the 1915 Beloit College yearbook. A three-sport letterman, he excelled in baseball and also played basketball and won all-state mention as an outstanding football lineman and punter who helped Beloit to 17 wins and a tie in 23 games. Baseball scouts regarded the right-handed pitcher as one of the best in the West because of his excellent control, great speed, exceptional curve and, in pinches, effective “spitball”. Fucik was the mound mainstay and two-time captain of teams which over four seasons won 25 games and lost 16 while facing such powers as Notre Dame, Minnesota, and Indiana as well as traditional state and conference rivals. He signed with the Chicago Cubs after his sophomore year and spent the summer in professional baseball, returning to Beloit when his father insisted he finish college. After coaching the 1915 Beloit team, he played industrial-league baseball in the Chicago area with the American Steel & Wire Company club. A chemist who directed the firm’s physical laboratory before his retirement, he died October 15, 1982, at age 92.
John George Martin
Of the Class of 1914
John Martin was an exceptional sprinter who was one of the nation’s leading 100-yard-dash men in 1913. Twice captain of Beloit’s track team, he won the 100 in four consecutive Little Five Conference meets and three times in the annual Wisconsin state competition. His performance event on three occasions each in the conference and state meets. Martin’s successes. However, were not limited to running; as a freshman, he was league and state titlist in the broad jump. During the collegiate career, Beloit trackmen won a state championship and two conference crowns and were runnersup twice in each meet. Martin, who later competed for the Chicago Athletic Club, was a talented runner as a youth, setting an Illinois state high school 440-yard mark that withstood challenged for two decades and qualifying for the 1908 Summer Olympics, in which he was unable to participate because of a family illness. As an executive with Rockford’s T.L. Clark Manufacturing Company, e developed the first metal flashlight battery and originated the serrated – edge metal tape dispenser. He died at age 86 in 1976.
“Vince” Strawbridge enrolled at Beloit as a member of the Class of 1944 with outstanding athletic credentials from Green Valley (IL) High School, where he earned 11 letters in four sports. World War II interrupted his promising collegiate career after he had placed in the javelin in the Beloit Relays, Midwest Conference, and state meets. A South Pacific combat marine who was awarded five Purple Hearts, he returned to civilian life and the campus to gain his greatest fame as a “spear thrower.” Strawbridge won both the Conference and Relays javelin events in 1946 and 1947, with his Relays of effort of 194 feet 7 ½ inches as a senior establishing a record which eclipsed the former mark by 13 feet and which withstood all challenges until 1959. His performances qualified him for the 1947 NCAA meet at the University of Utah, where he placed ninth. As a senior, he was also a football lineman and captain of both the wrestling and track squads. After college, he continued to compete in recreational softball and basketball. A resident of Lakeland, Florida, for the past three decades, Strawbridge owns and operates a construction company engaged in residential housing and development.