Inductees Originally from South Dakota, Vince Lloyd became the radio voice of the Bradley Braves for station WMBD in the early 1940's. After being tapped for WW II, Lloyd returned and continued to do Bradley games until 1947, when he joined the staff of WGN in Chicago.
After a variety of assignments, Vince became the No. 1 radio play-by-play man of the Chicago Cubs in 1965 eventually teaming with Lou Boudreau. He also joined former Peorian Jack Brickhouse in the telecasting of Cub games and by the time of his retirement in 1987 had broadcast thousands of big league games.
He had a unique first in 1961 when the late President John F. Kennedy was his guest on the leadoff man show. Vince also did Big-10 Football, IHSA football playofts, and a variety of other sports. During his career, he received dozens of awards, being named the outstanding broadcaster in Illinois several times, and being cited by the Associated Press as the best college football broadcaster. He still found time to devote a great deal of time to Chicago charity endeavors.
His style and personality certainly left an indelible mark on the Peoria-area sports community. A true gentleman, he never forgot his days at WMBD. He has visited here often, and like his friend Jack Brickhouse, often referred to his Peoria "roots" while on the air.
Originally from South Dakota, Vince Lloyd became the radio voice of the Bradley Braves for station WMBD in the early 1940's. After being tapped for WW II, Lloyd returned and continued to do Bradley games until 1947, when he joined the staff of WGN in Chicago.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.