Inductees The unbeaten 1967 Spalding High School football team, coached by the late Merv Haycock, was the only team in the school's history to finish 10-0.
The Irish outscored its foes 261-87 and had nine all-conference players and 12 who rated all-state first team, special mention or honorable mention. Highly successful Manual coach Ken Hinrichs, beaten 54-20 by Spalding, said the Irish were "the best team he ever coached against."
Named to the Mid-State Nine all-conference team were end Pat Atkins, tackles Bryant Welch and Mike Nauman, guards Bob Mishler and Larry Mishler, quarterback Joe Gilfillan, halfback Jim Moore and fullback John Voorhees.
Middle guard Dave Stickelmaier was named an "outstanding specialist" while end Dave Trinite and halfback Jim Hinton rated Special Mention and center Ken Schaftnit honorable mention.
Voorhees, the Mishler brothers, Nauman, Moore and Marty McGann went on to play for Northwestern, while Trinite went on to Dayton U.; Atkins and Hinton to Wyoming; Gilfillan and Bill Lucas to Utah; Stickelmaier to Illinois State; Moore to Western Illinois and Welch to the Naval Academy.
THE 1967 SEASON
Spalding 12, Limestone 6
Spalding 54, Manual 20
Spalding 27, Danville 0
Spalding 21, East Peoria 6
Spalding 20, Richwoods 6
Spalding 27, Pekin 6
Spalding 26, Central 6
Spalding 26, Chicago St. Pat 21
Spalding 41, Woodruff 6
Spalding 7, Bergan 0
The unbeaten 1967 Spalding High School football team, coached by the late Merv Haycock, was the only team in the school's history to finish 10-0.
Bud Ruff, a U.S. Navy veteran, retired in 1990 after 43 years as an electrician and electrical contractor. The last 26 years he was co-owner of Bud Ruff Electric with his wife Dorothy. Since his retirement, he has been a dynamo in the world of volunteerism, especially in those areas pertaining to young people. Recent youth-oriented activities include the newly lighted Woodruff Park Baseball Field, the Pioneer Homestead program for youth at Sommer Park, the Park District Youth Baseball Advisory Committee, the Tri-County Sports Board, Bradley Chiefs Club and the Old Timers Baseball Association.