Induction ceremonies for seven new members of the UW Athletic Department-National W Club Hall of Fame will take place Friday, September 7, at Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center, 1430 Monroe Street. The ceremonies will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception for new members. The public is invited.
Slated to be inducted are: Steve Alley (Hockey), Jim Bakken (Football), John Jamieson (Golf/Administration), Ray Patterson (Basketball), Dave Suminski (Football), Dick Murphy (Boxing), and Heather Taggart (Soccer).
Steve Alley, Hockey 1973,1974,1975,1977
Steve Alley of Anoka, Minn. led the Badgers in scoring with 23 goals during the 1974-1975 season. A ninth round draft choice of the national hockey league Chicago Blackhawks in 1973, he was chosen a member of the U.S. national team in 1974, 1975 and 1978. He was selected to the 1976 U.S. Olympic hockey team that competed in Innsbruck, Austria, and was a member of Wisconsin's 1973 and 1977 NCAA Championship hockey teams. In 1977, he scored the game-winning goal, 23 seconds into overtime, to give the Badgers a 6-5 victory over Michigan, for their second NCAA championship. He had fourteen game-winning goals in his career as a Badger skater and won the Ivan B. Williamson award in 1977, symbolic of both academic and athletic achievement. In four seasons with the Badgers he totaled 75 goals and 90 assists and was a charter member of Wisconsin's Blue Line Club Hockey Hall of Fame. He played professionally for the Birmingham Bulls and later with the Hartford Whalers from 1977-81.
Jim Bakken, Football 1959,1960,1961; Baseball 1960
Jim Bakken was a local Madison West High School graduate and member of the 1959 Big Ten Championship football team that played in the 1960 Rose Bowl. He was named honorable mention all-Big Ten as a sophomore in 1959. He was the first Badger kicker to eclipse the 40-yard barrier in 1960, with a 41.9 yard average. A co-captain of the 1961 football team, he still holds the record for the second longest punt in UW history, 90 yards vs. Northwestern, November 1961. He led the Big Ten in punting in 1960 and 1961, placing seventh in the NCAA in 1960. Drafted in 1962 by the Los Angeles rams in the 7th round, he had a 17-year career in the National Football League with the St. Louis Cardinals, and is the NFL record holder for the most field goals in one game, seven vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. He scored 1,380 points as a kicker during his NFL career. Bakken was a four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and the NFL Kicker of the Decade for the 1960's. He served as president of the NFL Players Association and has received several honorary distinctions as the Missouri Athletic Club Sportsman of the year, 1976, and as a member of the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
John Jamieson, Golf 1936,1937,1938; Golf Coach 1952-1969
The Madison native won the Wisconsin State Junior Golf Championship in 1934, at the age of 15, and was a prominent player in amateur golf circles from 1947-1951, winning the state amateur golf crown in 1951. He graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in economics and political science in 1938, having played three years for the Badgers. He was named the University of Wisconsin-Madison varsity golf coach in 1952, and held the position until 1969. Jamieson coached the 1957 Badger team to its first-ever Big Ten Championship and coached three Big Ten medalists in 1952, 1955 and 1963. Five Badger golf teams participated in the NCAA tournament during his tenure, and he compiled a career coaching record of 171-80-5, (.681) in 18 years. For more than 36 years, he worked tirelessly on every phase of the UW-Madison golf course project right through the opening of the University Ridge Golf Course in 1991. Jamieson was also instrumental in the founding of Wisconsin's National "W" Club, Inc., in 1948. He served as the director of the National Alumni Association from 1951-1953.
Dick Murphy, Boxing 1950,1951,1952
Dick Murphy of Milwaukee, Wis., was the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan 147 lb. Golden Gloves champion as a high school senior in 1946. He was awarded the Barney Ross trophy as the outstanding welterweight in the 1946 Golden Gloves tournament. He was a 160 lb. Champion while an U.S. Army paratrooper and member of the 11th Airbourne, He came to UW-Madison in 1949, where he was the Contenders Boxing Tournament champion at 165 lbs. in 1949 and 1950. As a sophomore, he was awarded the George Downer memorial trophy in 1950, given to the individual who exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, competitive spirit, boxing ability, and scholarship. He was the NCAA boxing champion at 155 lbs. in 1951, and co-captain of Wisconsin's 1952 NCAA Championship boxing team. He compiled a lifetime boxing record of 69-5-2. He was selected as one of the Badger Boxing Elite in 1974, and one of the two best boxers at his weight class during the history of boxing at Wisconsin. He was enshrined into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Ray A. Patterson, Basketball 1942,1943,1944,1945
Ray Patterson of Beaver Dam, Wis., was the captain and MVP of the UW basketball team in 1944 and 1945, earning first team all-Big Ten honors. A four-year letterwinner, Patterson was a member of the Chicago Herald all-American squad and scored 738 career points. He served as a graduate assistant in men's basketball while earning his masters degree from the UW-Madison in 1948. He played professionally with the Dow Chemical basketball team in Midland, Mich., from 1945-1948. Patterson became the head basketball coach and science teacher at Wayland Academy from 1949-1954, and later served as President/Headmaster of Wayland Academy until 1969. He became a part owner and president of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks from 1969-1972. The Bucks won the NBA world title in 1971 during his tenure. He became the President and General Manager of the Houston Rockets from 1972-1989, and was named the NBA Executive of the Year by the Sporting News in 1977. He retired from the Rockets in 1990.
Dave Suminski, Football 1950,1951,1952
Dave Suminski from Ashland, Wis., played as an offensive and defensive tackle on Wisconsin's 1950, 1951 and 1952 football teams. He was Honorable Mention all-Big Ten lineman in 1951, while blocking for UW all-American and Heisman winner, Alan Ameche, who led the Big Ten in rushing in 1951. He was a first team all-Big Ten selection and AP first team all-American in 1952, and was named Wisconsin's MVP while leading the Badgers to the 1952 conference title. He was the only UW-Madison lineman ever to play both offense and defense in the 1953 Rose Bowl game. He was drafted in the 15th round by the NFL's Washington Redskins in 1953, and played and coached football while in the Army from 1954-1955. He played professionally earning all-pro lineman honors while playing in three Canadian Football League all-Star Shrine games in 1957, 1958 and 1959.
Dr. Heather Taggart, Soccer 1988,1989,1990,1991
The Omaha, Neb., native led Wisconsin to four consecutive NCAA soccer tournaments, including a second place finish in 1991. That year she was named adidas/Missouri Athletic Club collegiate goalkeeper of the year. In her first season, she was named the women's collegiate freshman soccer player of the year by Soccer America magazine in 1988, and was a first team all-American in 1990 and 1991. She is still the UW-Madison record holder most saves with 310. She was a finalist for the 1991 Hermann trophy given to the best women's collegiate soccer player, and holds national and school soccer records for most career shutouts with 52 1/2. A two-time member of the NCAA all-tournament team in 1988 and 1991, Taggart was an exemplary student as well earning the NCAA's Top Six award in 1991 which honors student athletes for academic and athletic achievements. She was a Big Ten Medal of Honor and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient; and earned first team GTE/CoSIDA national and district V Academic all-American honors in 1992. She earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and is currently a physician in her hometown.