Terre Haute Visitor's Guide 2019 - Page 26

Neil Johnston • After signing a baseball contract as a pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, was sent to Terre Haute and played two seasons • Went on to Wilmington of Class B Interstate League in 1951. Unhappy with progress, had tryout with Philadelphia Warriors in 1951 and played nine NBA seasons. • Led the NBA in scoring from the 1953 season through the 1955 season • Inducted into Philadelphia and Pennsylvania sports halls of fame as well as the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tony McGee • Terre Haute native graduating from Terre Haute South High School and was an All-State basketball and football player • Attended Michigan on scholarship and caught 38 passes for 467 yards and six touchdowns in his senior year in 1992 and played in the 1993 Rose Bowl against Washington as a tight end • Drafted in second round of NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals playing 11 seasons in Cincinnati, Dallas and New York John McNichols • Coached track and field and cross country at Indiana State University for 34 years • Longest tenured coach of any sport at ISU • Guided the Sycamores to 38 total Missouri Valley Conference team championships with 11 in cross country, 10 in indoor track and 17 in outdoor track • Oversaw the construction and development of the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course considered one of the best in the nation • Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame SPORTS 26 • Guide to Terre Haute | DINING Clyde Lovellette • Led Garfield High School to undefeated season in 1947 and lost in championship game to Shelbyille • Played for Phog Allen at Kansas University • Only player in history to lead the nation in scoring and lead a team to a NCAA championship • Drafted by Lakers in first round of NBA draft • First player to win a NCAA championship, NBA championship and Olympic Gold Medal • Inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Duane Klueh • Enrolled in Indiana State Teachers College after returning from WWII • Played three seasons, two under John Wooden and the other under John Longfellow • Drafted in the eighth round of 1949 NBA draft by Boston Celtics and played two seasons in NBA for the Denver Nuggets and the Fort Wayne Pistons • Coached 12 seasons at Indiana State University from 1955 to 1967 and retired as the winningest coach in ISU history with a record of 182-22 • Four time Coach of the Year in Indiana Collegiate Conference Bobby “Slick” Leonard • Terre native graduated from Gerstmeyer High School in 1950 • As a junior at Indiana University led team to 1953 NCAA tournament championship game and hit game winning free throw • Drafted by Baltimore Bullets as 10th overall pick in 1954 NBA draft • Played seven years in NBA • Coached Indiana Pacers to three ABA championship titles • Inducted in Indiana and Naismith basketball halls of fame Art Nehf • Terre Haute native graduating from Wiley High School in 1910 • Attended Rose Polytechnic and graduated in 1915 and holds record in football for longest run from scrimmage (99 yards) • Pitched 15 seasons in majors for four different teams • Retired with record of 184-120 and a 3.20 ERA • Was only one of two pitchers in history to have three hits in a World Series Game • Inducted into Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989