Born on September 28, 1919
Rensselaer, IN
March 15, 1990.
Inducted On
January 16, 1975
Location Inducted
Richmond, IN
Region Number
Gary Horace Mann
Gary Horace Mann
Earned 14 varsity letters in football, basketball, and track; 2-time All-State Quarterback; captain of basketball team; won State 100 yard dash and 200 yard hurdles in 1937.
University of Michigan
All-American tailback 1939-1940; Heisman Trophy winner 1940; Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award 1940; Most Valuable Player Big Ten 1940; 2-year varsity basketball letterman.
Won a Silver Star and Purple Heart as an Army Air Corp fighter pilot during WW II; in 1949, became a sports director for Columbia Pacific Radio Network; became a television sports reporter in 1947, averaging 10 shows a week; among the games he covered were the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Orange Bowl, along with the College Game of the Week; reported on the Los Angeles Rams, Southern California, and UCLA football and basketball games; was a commentator for Los Angeles Angels games, Hollywood Stars, San Francisco 49’ers, and East-West game; covered most major golf tournaments and Golden Gloves boxing; he was on the Jack Kramer Tour and “At Home with the Harmons” with Elyse Knox as his wife; served as the Sports Director of the Hughes Television Network and did a daily schedule of 3 shows on the Mutual Radio Network which was aired on over 600 stations, as well as special assignments on both radio and television.
Wife, Elyse Knox; children, Kelly, Christie, and Mark.
Professional Athletic Background: 1941 NFL #1 draft selection by Chicago Bears but opted to play for New York Americans; career interrupted by WW II; after war played for the Los Angeles Rams 1946-1947.