The Utah Sports Hall of Fame, under the direction of the Old Time Athletics Association, will expand its membership by five athletes at the 1988 induction ceremonies scheduled for Wed., Nov. 16 at the Tri-Arc Hotel in Salt Lake City.
The 1988 inductees include football players Merrill Douglas and Frank (Buss) Williams, tennis player Lee Hammel and skiers Jan Bucher Judge and Suzy Harris Rytting.The public is invited to the banquet ceremonies, scheduled to begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m and dinner at 7. Master of ceremonies will be Karl Tucker, the BYU golf coach. For ticket information, contact any OTAA officer or call secretary-treasurer Dick Ball at 484-3265 in Salt Lake City.
Merrill Douglas enjoyed a five-year professional football career in the NFL from 1958 through 1962, playing with the Chicago Bears, the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. Douglas played high school football in Salt Lake City at Granite and Olympus and then moved on to the University of Utah where, as a running back, he was all-league his junior and senior years and led the conference in scoring as a senior in 1957.
He was taken in the sixth round of the '57 pro draft. Upon retirement from the NFL he began a career in law enforcement, working for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office for 30 years. Seven years ago he began a second career, as an NFL official, and is still active in that pursuit.
Frank (Buss) Williams played his professional football with the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers after graduating from Utah State University in 1948. A fullback, Williams was twice all-conference at Utah State, where he didn't restrict himself only to football. He won eight letters as an Aggie, in football, track and wrestling. Williams is a Kaysville native and attended high school at Davis, where he was all-state in football two straight seasons.
Williams served as athletic director at Utah State for eight seasons, from 1965-72.
Lee Hammel started playing tennis as a youngster growing up in Salt Lake City, and is yet to quit. Along the way he has compiled a prolific record never equalled in the history of Utah tennis.
He lettered in tennis (as well as football and basketbal) at East High School, then played varsity tennis for the University of Utah before and after World War II, winning the school championship in 1948.
As a senior player, Hammel's stature continued to rise. In 1977, when he turned 55, he was ranked No. 8 in the country in men's singles. He was nationally ranked every year for the next four seasons, including a No. 1 ranking in men's 55 singles in 1981. He continues to play on the national level, most recently representing the United States on the Britannica Cup team in England, where he played and won three matches.
Jan Bucher Judge made her mark in ballet skiing, dominating the world scene in the 1980s. The Highland High School graduate has won six national championships and no less than 46 separate World Cup titles in the '80s. She was a silver medalist in ballet at the Calgary Olympics, where freestyle skiing was a demonsration sport.
Suzy Harris Rytting's induction into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame makes it two Hall of Fames this year. She was named to the U. S. National Ski Hall of Fame in March.
An East High School and University of Utah skier, Suzy went on to international acclaim as an amateur skier. She won U. S. national titles at both Sun Valley and Alta, in 1948 and 1951, and was selected for both the 1948 and 1952 Olympic teams.