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Fred Young
Fred Young

Normal, Illinois


Men's Basketball (1909-1910)

Inducted: 1972

Two-year basketball letterwinner captain in 1910 ... played four years at Illinois Wesleyan, where he received his law degree ... became sports editor of The Daily Pantagraph in Bloomington from 1922 until his retirement in 1958 ... continued to write his daily column, "Young's Yarns," until the final year of his life ... known as one of the nation's best known athletic officials ... for 25 years, he worked the leading games from coast to coast in football, basketball and track ... officiated the Army-Note Dame football game in Yankee Stadium five times ... called the NFL football championship game in 1940 between the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins ... refereed 12-consecutive IHSA Basketball title games ... helped found the Bloomington-Normal's American Legion Baseball program in 1944 ... member of the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1958 ... first president of the Central Illinois Collegiate Baseball League and served as commissioner for 17 years ... the field house at Illinois Wesleyan was named in his honor on March 2, 1962 ... member of the Helms Hall of Fame, the Illinois State Sports Hall of Fame and the IBCA Hall of Fame in both the media and officiating categories ... died Nov. 29, 1980 at the age of 88.