RHEA BARRY, BETTY SIBLEY AND MARCIA PERKINS -
This trio of swimmers formed the backbone of teams which won national, individual and team titles for the Firestone Swim Club in the late 1930s and early '40s. Now Mrs. Rhea Pramak, Betty Watts and Marcia Woodcock, the threesome all earned All-American honors -Rhea three times - as the Firestone Club harvested AAU national titles by the bushel.
LEE FOHL -
Born Leo Alexander Fohl, he tried professional baseball first - breaking into the major leagues in 1902 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and finished his playing career one year later with the Cincinnati Nationals. His claim to fame came as a manager. In 1910 he guided Akron to the Ohio-Pennsylvania League pennant, one of two the club had under his direction. Subsequently, Lee managed the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and the Boston Red Sox.
PETER GEORGE -
The first of three George brothers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. A state champion at 14, national junior champion at 15, national senior champion at 16, North American, and world champion at 18, Pete was one of the greatest weightlifters ever at 165 pounds. He set a world record of 360 pounds in the clean and jerk in 1948 and finished second in the Olympics that year and again in 1956. In 1952, while setting three Olympic records he captured the gold medal. He is now a dentist and resides in Honolulu.
VICTOR HOLT, JR. - This outstanding basketball player, who later rose to the president of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, made his mark at the University of Oklahoma where he played for the legendary Phog Allen. Holt, a tremendous jumper, led OU to the 1928 Missouri Valley Conference championship. Later, Allen named Holt to his all-time Oklahoma honor team and the Helm's Foundation picked him as the greate4st college cager in the nation in 1928. Vic helped guide the Kansas City Cook Painters to the 1928 and '29 national AAU championships before coming to Akron to play for the Goodyear Wingfoots.
BOB MARTIN -
He left his native West Virginia to become a rubber worker in Akron as a teenager. He started boxing at the old Meyers A.C. on South Main Street and turned professional almost immediately. However, along came World War I. AS a member of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) eh continued his boxing. Through 1918-19 he engaged in 40 bouts - winning 36 by knockouts. His only loss was to Gene Tunny in four rounds. Still he fought his way to the AEF heavyweight championship in 1919. Later, he returned to Akron and continued to fight in all the large boxing arenas of the country including for Tex Rickard in Madison Square Garden. His career ended in the late 1920's after suffering a brain injury during a bout.
FRANK McCLOSKEY AND RALPH STANFORD -
This duo started doing their special thing while playing for Edgar "Smiley" Weltner at South High School. It was McCloskey, the quarterback, firing pass after pass to his favorite target, Stanford, that helped give the Cavaliers their first City Series championship in 1922. The duo went on to continue this successful combination with the South Akron Awnings where they played until 1931. For most old-timers the McCloskey-Stanford combination was the most famous of that era.
HOMER SUMMA -
He used an Akron career while playing for the Goodyear Wingfoot baseball team in 1918 as a springboard to the major leagues. A teammate on the Goodyear squad, Luther "Dummy" Taylor, was instrumental in getting him a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals. Summa, an outfielder, led the Texas League in battling (.362) in 1922 and then played seven season with the Cleveland Indians and two seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics, then world champions.
EDGAR "SMILEY" WELTNER -
Guided South High in football and basketball from 1921-29 and with the help of Frank McCloskey and Ralph Stanford, guided the Cavaliers to their first City Series title in football in 1922. Three of his South football teams were unbeaten and untied and he directed his cagers to eight city titles including three teams that reached the "sweet 16." Later he coached the Goodyear Wingfoots and at Geneva College.