Swimming & Diving
MSU's Clarke Scholes To Be Inducted Into Michigan Sports Hall Of Fame
Feb. 8, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Clarke Scholes, who won five NCAA championships for the Michigan State swimming team from 1950-52, will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. He is one of 11 sports legends who will be inducted in a ceremony on Monday, Feb. 11 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
Scholes won three NCAA championships in the 100-yard freestyle and added another title in the 50-yard free in 1951. He also swam on MSU's national champion 400-yard free relay team.
Following his career at MSU, Scholes won a gold medal in the 100-meter free at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. His time of 57.4 was an Olympic record and edged Japan's Hiroshi Suzuki for the gold medal.
Three years later, Scholes again claimed gold in the 100-meter free, this time at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980 and the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.
Along with Scholes, other inductees will include former Red Wings star Steve Yzerman; Peter Karmanos, a local amateur hockey supporter and NHL team owner; former WJR 760 announcer Frank Beckmann and 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard.
Also being inducted will be NHL Hall of Famer Norm Ullman, former Pison and 1974 NBA Coach of the Year Ray Scott, Olympic kayaking gold medalist Greg Barton, former NBA All-Star Glen Rice, Detroit Stars Negro League legend Turkey Stearnes and Sammy Washington, a "Ceciliaville" founder and Detroit basketball legend.
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