The National M Club and the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Department announced today the 13 former Golden Gopher greats who will be inducted into the Gopher Sports Hall of Fame at its annual banquet on Thursday, Sept. 23. In addition, the inductees will be recognized during a special halftime ceremony during the Sept. 25 Gopher football game against Northwestern and at the Gopher women's volleyball game Sept. 24 against Michigan State.
The 2004 M Club Hall of Fame inductees are: Cindy Anderson, Swimming, 1979; Nancy (Harris) Blanchard, Golf, 1984; Gary Gambucci, Hockey, 1968; Julian Hook, Football, 1962; Mary Jablonski, Swimming, 1972; Barb (Drake) Lindgren, Softball, 1987; Virgil Luken, Swimming, 1962; Jennifer McElmury, Soccer, 1997; Phil "Flip" Saunders, Basketball, 1977; Don Timm, Track & Field/Cross Country, 1971.
Three individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as Legends: William Daley, Football, 1942; Earl Martineau, Football, 1924 and Ron Wojciak, Baseball, 1964.
This year's annual Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Minnesota campus. The reception begins at 6 p.m., with a dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Banquet tickets cost $75 per person and are available by contacting the National M Club at (763) 566-5895 or by logging onto www.GopherMClub.org.
Hall of Fame Inductees, Bios:
A powerful backstroker and breaststroker, Cindy Anderson became the first Golden Gopher swimmer to earn All-America honors in each of her four years of competition. An eighth-place finish in the 50-yard backstroke at the 1979 National Championships culminated an impressive career. A three-time team most valuable swimmer, Anderson set school records in six individual events and two relays.
Anderson was a five-time Big Ten Conference champion, setting conference records in the 50-yard backstroke, the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard individual medley.
One of Minnesota's top three performers in virtually every event, Anderson was consistently a top scorer for the Golden Gophers during her career. Anderson tallied 94 points at the 1979 Big Ten Championships to lead the Golden Gophers to a third-place finish, the program's highest Big Ten finish at the time.
Nancy (Harris) Blanchard
A two-time team captain and MVP, Nancy (Harris) Blanchard twice qualified for the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship as the Golden Gophers' first female qualifier. In addition, she qualified for the AIAW National Championship during her sophomore season. Blanchard carded a career stroke average of 79.2 over 130 rounds and has the second lowest season stroke average of 76.6 in Minnesota school history. Blanchard finished second individually at the 1984 Big Ten Conference Championship and was an individual medalist in nine collegiate tournaments during her career.
Blanchard assumed head coaching duties at Minnesota in 1987, and just two years later the women's program won its first Big Ten Conference championship in 11 seasons. For her accomplishments, she was named the 1989 Big Ten Coach of the Year. During her four years at the helm, she coached two All-Americans and four all-conference performers.
An accomplished amateur golfer in the state of Minnesota, Blanchard was named the Minnesota Golf Association's Women's Player of the Year in 1994. She was a six-time winner of the Minnesota Women's State Amateur Tournament and a three-time champion of the state match-play tournament.
Gary Gambucci tallied 108 career points, scoring 52 goals during his Golden Gopher hockey tenure. He was voted the 1966 WCHA Sophomore of the Year after leading the Golden Gophers in scoring with 40 points on 23 goals and 17 assists. His outstanding play helped guide the team to a second-place conference finish during the 1965-66 season.
Declining an invitation to become a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Hockey team, Gambucci instead captained the Golden Gopher squad during his senior season; a season in which he amassed 41 points in 31 games and earned All-America honors as a forward.
A 1967 selection of the Montreal Canadiens, Gary played professionally for the Minnesota North Stars. He also was a member of several U.S. National hockey teams.
Despite his relatively small size of 5-9, 189 pounds, "Jules" Hook was a defensive stalwart on Golden Gopher teams that made consecutive Rose Bowl appearances in 1961 and 1962. A sure tackler, Hook earned All-Big Ten Conference honors at linebacker during his senior season. Although not terrifically fast, Hook excelled on the gridiron because of his quick reactions and agile movements; skills he honed as a Golden Gopher wrestling letterman.
Hook is personally credited with breaking up four major plays during the 1960 Illinois game. Referred to as the season's turning point by most coaches and players, the 21-10 victory propelled the Golden Gophers to the 1960 national title.
In 1971, Mary Jablonski entered the first annual Big Ten Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. With a victory in the 50-yard butterfly, Jablonski became the first woman to be crowned a Big Ten Conference champion in swimming at the U of M. The following season, she defended her 50-yard butterfly title, setting a conference record time of 27.9 seconds. Jablonski subsequently became the first Golden Gopher competitor in the AIAW National Championships, capturing the silver medal in the 50-yard butterfly. She capped off a brilliant career by setting Minnesota state records in the 100-yard freestyle (58.7) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:06:8) in 1972.
Barb (Drake) Lindgren
A two-time softball team MVP, Barb Drake finished her Golden Gopher career ranked in the top-five in six all-time offensive categories. Drake ranked first in doubles (39), second in hits (155), second in total bases (221), third in runs (85), fourth in at bats (516) and fifth in RBI (71) at the completion of her career. Also a two-time All-America selection, Drake was named to the NCAA Midwest Region Team in 1984 and the NCAA Mideast Region Team in 1986.
During her junior season, Drake was crowned the Big Ten Conference MVP. She led the conference in batting with a .408 average and earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors in four of the six weeks of conference play. As a pitcher, she posted a stingy 1.06 earned run average, resulting in 15 wins and eight shutouts.
Virgil Luken was the 1962 NCAA 200-yard breaststroke champion, clocking a time of 2:16.8. Luken twice earned Big Ten Conference title honors as a member of the 1963 champion 400-yard medley relay and by winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 1964. He captained the swim team during his senior season.
A three-time All-American, Luken finished his Golden Gopher swimming career as a three-time school record holder in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.2), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:14.6) and the 400-yard medley relay (3:34.8).
Jennifer McElmury became the first and only player in Minnesota soccer history to earn first team All-America honors after leading the Golden Gophers to an 18-3-2 record during her senior season. The 1997 team co-captain was twice named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and she led Minnesota to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and Big Ten titles in 1995 and 1997.
McElmury holds three of the top-10 positions for points in a season and ranks second all-time in career points (124), goals (49) and assists (26). Her number "27" was retired by the U of M soccer program in 2004.
Phil "Flip" Saunders
"Flip" Saunders started 101 of 103 games for the Golden Gophers from 1974-77. During his senior season, he helped lead Minnesota to a 24-3 record.
Saunders finished his collegiate career holding the school record for career free throw percentage (.809), successfully making 170 of 210 free throw attempts. He also made a record-setting 32 consecutive free throws. Additionally, Saunders ranks sixth all-time in career assists with 292. He also finished with a .452 career field goal shooting percentage, while grabbing 365 rebounds.
In 1981, Saunders joined the U of M coaching staff, helping lead the Golden Gophers to the 1982 Big Ten Conference title. He remained on the staff until 1987.
Now coaching the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, Saunders has led the team to a playoff berth in each of the seven seasons he has been at the helm. Boasting the best record in the Western Conference, the Timberwolves finished the 2004 regular season with a franchise record 58 wins.
Track and Field, Cross Country 1969-71
Don Timm won the 1971 Big Ten Conference steeplechase title, setting a conference record time of 8:43.8 and becoming one of only three Golden Gopher athletes to ever earn the conference crown. He subsequently placed fourth in steeplechase during the 1971 NCAA Championships, making him the only Golden Gopher athlete to earn All-America honors as a steeplechaser. Timm still holds the U of M's 3000-meter steeplechase record time of 8:39.0.
The two-sport star twice finished runner-up for the Big Ten Conference individual cross country title in back-to-back seasons. His two second-place finishes rank Timm fourth on the U of M's cross country all-time achievement list. He was a member of the 1969 Big Ten Conference champion cross country team and co-captained the team during the 1970 season.
Legend - William Daley
Bill Daley had the unique circumstance of being an All-American at two schools. Daley played for the Gophers from 1940-42 and was a member of the 1940 National Championship squad. He earned All-America honors in 1942 and was twice named all-conference in 1941 and 1942.
As a Marine Corps officer trainee, Daley reported to Ann Arbor after the 1942 season. The Marines had an officer's training school located at Michigan, so Daley played for the Wolverines during the 1943 season. That year, he was the nation's fourth-best rusher, averaging nearly seven yards per play. Daley is currently the only player to ever win the Little Brown Jug while playing for both Minnesota and Michigan.
Legend - Earl Martineau
Earl Martineau played football for the Golden Gophers, concluding his career in 1923 when he was selected to the Walter Camp All-America team. Martineau was an outstanding track & field athlete at Minnesota and was named the recipient of the Western Conference Medal for proficiency in athletics and scholarship prior to his graduation in 1924.
Acclaimed for his offensive prowess on the football field, Martineau is most remembered for a remarkable defensive play versus Wisconsin in 1923. Martineau was all that stood between three Wisconsin players and the goal line. Noting that his opponents were in perfect position to block him, Martineau leaped over both blockers, crashing squarely into the ball carrier and averting a sure touchdown.
Following college, Martineau was the head football coach at Western Michigan for five seasons before joining the staff at Purdue as the backfield coach and track & field coach. He later coached under Fritz Crisler at Princeton and Michigan.
Legend - Ron Wojciak
Following a 3-8 record to begin the 1964 season, Ron Wojciak was instrumental in leading an unlikely turnaround that culminated in Minnesota winning the College World Series. Despite a tough start for the Golden Gophers, Wojciak paced the Gophers to an 11-game consecutive win streak and the 1964 Big Ten Conference title. As a catcher, Wojciak was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference and third-team All-America selection.
Wojciak's offensive totals during his junior season included a .300 batting average, 33 hits, 22 runs and 16 RBI. He was a standout performer during the 1964 College World Series, leading the Golden Gophers with a .400 batting average. He was selected to the All-College World Series Team after leading the Golden Gophers to their third NCAA Championship title in eight years.
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