Inductees "Jimmy" Robertson was a three sport athlete at Peoria High School - a football quarterback, an infielder in baseball, and a guard in basketball.
Later, he played all three sports for Bradley, basketball for one season. When he signed his first professional contract with the New York Yankees to play for Grand Forks, N.D., in the Northern League in 1949, he was a catcher.
Prior to signing his professional contract, Jim played for some time in the Sunday Morning League on the same team with his brother, "Corky" Robertson.
Later, in 1953, he was part of a 14-player deal with Philadelphia, and played in 63 games with the old A's in 1954. The next season the A's had moved to Kansas City and Robertson played briefly before leaving the big leagues.
He appeared in a total of 69 games
"Jimmy" Robertson was a three sport athlete at Peoria High School - a football quarterback, an infielder in baseball, and a guard in basketball.
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.