1981 Hall of Honor
“Rick” Chase was a record-setting track and cross country performed who ran distances ranging from 110 yards to two miles either individually or as a relay team member. Undefeated in four years in the 880 and as the sprint medley relay anchorman, he was named the most valuable player in track twice and in cross country once, and he captained both squads. His 880 times of 1:58.3 indoors and 1:55.7 outdoors still stand as school records two decades later, as do the standards established by the sprint and distance medley relay teams of which he was a member. Seldom entered in only one track event because of his ability to earn points, Chase won 56 medals, ribbons and trophies, including 33 for first-place finishes, and his name appeared on nearly two dozen individual and team records. He was also the 1959 Wisconsin AAU 600-yard dash indoor champion and the 1960 Midwest Conference 880 titlist. “He was in a class by himself,” recalls Alf Harrer, who coached him in both sports. “Rick had exceptional running form and relaxation; he simply cruised past others who strained to win.” Chase currently is a senior financial analyst at U.S. Steel corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh.
A hard hitter and classy fielder, George Perring was a product of the prairie school of baseball, developing his sure shot to first base by throwing green crabapples through the knothole in a barn door. He aspired to be a pitcher but became an infielder instead and, while attending Beloit Academy, hit .325 and had a .929 fielding percentage for the 1905 College nine. He then turned professional and spent two years in the minors before becoming an infielder with the Cleveland Indians of the American League in 1908. Among his career highlights were being at shortstop the day Addie Joss pitched a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox in 1909 and in the lineup when the first unassisted triple play was made. He later was with Columbus in the American Association before “jumping” with other major leaguers to the higher-paying but ill-fated Federal League. After a stint at Toledo, he climaxed his baseball days by playing for and managing semipro teams, including the famous Beloit Fairies. Perring also was an outstanding golfer, winning the Wisconsin state senior championship four times and the Beloit Country Club crown frequently. A prominent civic leader who was an insurance underwriter, he died in 1960.