Grange Alves Sr.

Induction Year : 1978

Sport: Golf

Ohio Golf Champion in 1915 and 1921 and winner of numerous Cleveland District P.G.A. titles. Recognized as one of the leading golf instructors in the country and as a designer and builder of golf courses. Served for many years as head professional at the Acacia Country Club.

Chet Adams

Induction Year : 1978

Sport: Football

A product of Cleveland South High and Ohio University, he started his professional career with Cleveland Rams, but elected to leave them to become a member of the Cleveland Browns when the All-American Conference was formed in 1946. Played for AAC championship teams in each of his three seasons with the Browns. A defensive tackle, he bulwarked a powerful line, which allowed the fewest points in the league in each of his three AAC seasons.

John Dorr

Induction Year : 1978

Sport: Tennis

Top name in Cleveland men’s tennis for nearly 15 years. Cleveland City Champion in singles and doubles from 1936 through 1950. Won No. One national ranking in senior USLTA doubles competitions in 1954.

Edward Bettendorf

Induction Year : 1978

Sport: Swimming & Diving

All-American swimmer at Yale in 1967, 1968 and 1969 and a high school All-American for Fairview High in 1963, 1964 and 1965. Set national AAU age group records for 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley at 16 years of age. Captained Yale team as senior and later served as that university’s head swimming coach.

Frank "Horse" Boldin

Induction Year : 1978

Sport: Softball

An outstanding pitcher for two decades between 1928 and 1948. Possessed an overpowering fast ball that kept every team he ever pitched for in championship contention. Starred for the 1939 Nickel Plate Grille team which represented Cleveland in the national tournament that year.

Emil "Kaplafka" Downs

Induction Year : 1978

Sport: Baseball

As a Class “E” pitcher-outfielder in 1924 he batted .475 and led the league in strikeouts. Hit .460 and again led the league in strikeouts in Class “D” and became the first member of the Cleveland Press Hall of Fame. After continuing to start in Class “A” amateur ball he signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1929, but injured his leg and returned to amateur baseball, finally retiring in 1944.

William "Bill" Bradley

Induction Year : 1978

Sport: Baseball

Star third baseman who played major league baseball for 14 years at the beginning of the 20th century. Spent ten seasons with Cleveland, two with the Chicago Cubs and one each with Brooklyn and Kansas City. Compiled lifetime average of .271. Managed the Brooklyn baseball team in 1914. Later served for many years as a talent scout for the Cleveland Indians.

Colin Commander

Induction Year : 1986

Sport: Soccer

Fashioned an outstanding career as a soccer player stretching from 1921 to 1940. His administrative skills were vital in the strong development of soccer in the Greater Cleveland area through the Cleveland American Soccer League. The respect of his peers led to the title “Mr. Soccer” in 1958. He also was an early developer of indoor soccer. In 1967 he was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Football Association Hall of Fame.

John Broski

Induction Year : 1986

Sport: Basketball

Coached East technical High School to twin state championships in 1958 and 1959, the first such titles by a Cleveland team. From 1953 through 1959 his teams won 122 games while losing only 6, twice fashioning undefeated seasons. He was elected to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of fame in 1965.

Sam Abrams

Induction Year : 1986

Sport: Meritorious Service

One of the original founders of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. (1975), he served as a Trustee until 1984. His lifetime commitment to civic, religious and charitable causes put him frequently in the midst of new and innovative community programs. He was instrumental in creating Cleveland’s first marathon race which subsequently has developed into the Revco-Cleveland Marathon.