Inductees THE MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL football Rams, coached by former Bradley lineman Ken Hinrichs since 1953, started one of the most successful runs in local sports history with the 1958 season.
The Rams swept through a 10-game schedule unbeaten, outscoring its foes 263-63 in the process. The team blanked its first five foes: Galesburg, East Peoria, Decatur Eisenhower, Limestone and Pekin; and had but two narrow wins, 20-13 over Spalding and 13-6 over Richwoods.
Running back Frank Whitman, the Mid-State 8 scoring leader with 86 points, was selected to the Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Daily News all-state teams. He was also named captain of the Rams and the most valuable back while guard Robert "Buck" Smith was named the most valuable lineman.
All-conference honors went to Whitman, Smith, end Doug Faulkner, tackle Walt Slaughter, quarterback Art Schilling, center Leon Robinson and guard Jim Rathbun.
THE 1958 SEASON
Manual 26, Galesburg 0
Manual 20, Spalding 13
Manual 31, East Peoria 0
Manual 13, Richwoods 6
Manual 27, Decatur Eisenhower 0
Manual 32, Springfield Lanphier 12
Manual 27, Limestone 0
Manual 47, Central 19
Manual 13, Pekin 0
THE MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL football Rams, coached by former Bradley lineman Ken Hinrichs since 1953, started one of the most successful runs in local sports history with the 1958 season.
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.