Bud Dodson

Other - Inductee

Coach, Variety of Sports

Thirty years ago, Bud Dodson became involved in Special Olympics. In the span of 10 years, he became the Area 24 Special Olympics Director. In that span, and beyond, he guided the group from a $6,000 a year budget to one that has $34,000 for more than 115 athletes. Dodson's teams played in three seasons in a variety of sports: cycling, poly hockey, cross country skiing, basketball, aquatics, track ...Read More...

George Cartier

Other - Inductee

Baseball, Football

One game. The first for the University of Notre Dame. Ludington native George Cartier was the quarterback for the Fighting Irish on Nov. 23, 1887 in the school's very first football game and it happened to be against Michigan. The Fighting Irish lost the game, 8-0, but Cartier went on to be involved in sports in one fashion or another later on in his life.His brother, Warren Cartier, was a Notre D ...Read More...

1947 Softball Team Abrahamson-Bannon

Other - Inductee

Fast-Pitch Softball

The 1947 edition of the Abrahamson-Bannon softball team helped to set up decades to come of softball greatness from Mason County as it won the MASA Class B state championship. The team compiled a 35-4 record that season and went 17-2 in its league. At the state tournament, the team allowed just one run and eight hits while scoring eight runs on 20 hits. Bob VanDyke tossed the first two games, incl ...Read More...

Dave Claire

Other - Inductee


Born in Ludington in 1897, Claire served in the Navy in World War I, after which he was a strong-armed shortstop with the Ludington Mariners of the Class B Central League in 1920. He was scouted and purchased for $2,000 by the Detroit Tigers, and played three games in September of that year, hitting in front of Ty Cobb and collecting one hit in seven at bats. Claire played three years of professio ...Read More...

John Wallis

Other - Inductee

Ultra Marathoner

A baseball, basketball, football and soccer player as a youth, John Wallis found his athletic niche in 1978 when, at the age of 40, he entered a 10-kilmeter race in Chicago. At that time, he was a single parent raising three small daughters and he had neither the time nor financial resources to follow other recreational pursuits. Since then, has run over 75 ultra marathons, including races in Gree ...Read More...