1990 Hall of Honor
“Baldy” McGraw came to Beloit from Rockford with award-winning prep credentials and developed into one of the College’s finest athletes in its “Golden Age” of sports. Primarily a tackle who also saw action at guard and end, he twice earned All-Conference honors on football teams that won the two championships and posted a four-year record of 18 wins, 9 losses, and three ties while competing against some of the nation’s collegiate powers. It was on the basketball court, however, that for three varsity seasons McGraw was regarded as the top guard in both the Midwest and the Big Four conferences on the strength of his great defensive play, superior ball handling and fine shooting. Those three teams were undefeated in both conferences, and two of them recorded perfect seasons – 12-0 in 1922 and 14-0 in 1924, when he was captain and earned all-league honors a second time; during that period, Beloit won 39 games and lost only two. He also played third base in the ’23 college baseball team. After leaving Beloit, McGraw played professional football with the Green Bay Packers for two years before returning to Rockford, where he worked for two dairies, enjoyed bowling with several teams, was affiliated with Masonic and Shriner groups, and continued being an avid high school and Beloit College sports fan. He died in 1979 at the age of 80.
An admiring sportswriter once dubbed Carrol Schumacher “the machine on feet”. An Illinois state high school champion in the half mile, Schumacher never ran cross country before coming to Beloit. Once he started, he was almost untouchable, winning Midwest Conference titles in record time as a Junior and Senior. His success on the track was equally impressive, for he won the conference mile championship twice and, as a senior, also captured the event in the Beloit Relays. Schumacher, who credits the strategy of Coach (and fellow Hall of Honor member) Herb Hodges for the fact his class one four conferences and three Beloit Relay crowns, also contributed to the success of record-smashing Buccaneer relay teams that competed in major national events. His greatest thrill was being a part of the College’s distance-medley team that won the race and a watch in the Drake Relays. While stationed in Japan after college, he won a 1,500 meter Olympic trial run and was one of the only 12 Far East trackmen who qualified for an All-Army meet in San Francisco, finishing third there despite a severe leg infection. A community and church leader in Dixon, Illinois, where he helped launch the Junior Achievement program, Schumacher is the officer responsible for individual retirement accounts at the Dixon National Bank.