Inductees Bob Flanagan was a three-sport star at Spalding Institute who went on to earn Little All American recognition in football at Bradley and at St. Ambrose College.
Flanagan was a superb breakway runner who was named the most valuable player in Greater Peoria in 1946 as he was making two all-state teams. He also starred in basketball and baseball at Spalding.
He led Bradley in pass receiving and scoring in 1949, ran for 710 yards in just 129 carries and was 26th in the nation in rushing. Included was a 96-yard jaunt against Louisiana Tech, the longest run from scrimmage in the nation that season.
Transferring to St. Ambrose for the 1951-52 season, Flanagan ran for 1,300 yards in 1951. He was the No. 2 rusher in the nation among small colleges and made the Associated Press Little All-American team.
He was named St. Ambrose's Athlete of the Year for 1952 and entered that school's Hall of Fame in 1979.
Bob Flanagan was a three-sport star at Spalding Institute who went on to earn Little All American recognition in football at Bradley and at St. Ambrose College.
Paul Reatherford was the main ramrod in establishing Peoria's first Biddy Basketball program in 1951 at the old Salvation Army gym with 275 boys. He started as Coach and Director in that league in 1947 where he stayed for 23 years. That first year in the official Biddy program his team won the state title but lost its first game in the national tournament in Scranton, Pa., home of the Biddy program. In subsequent years, his teams would have first and third place finishes, plus one season where our town hosted the national tournament.