Inductees A four-year letterman in football, basketball, and track at Richwoods High School, Telander went on to earn all-Big Ten Conference academic honors as a football player at Northwestern University before launching a successful writing career.
Telander joined the staff of Sports Illustrated in 1974, and eight years later became a senior writer for the weekly magazine. He also had three books published to date: "Joe Namath and the Other Guys,î" "The Hundred-Yard Lie," and "Heaven is a Playground," the latter adapted into a moving picture.
A regular panelist for ì"The Sportswriters on TV," (Sports Channel America cable), Telander was drafted in 1971 in the eighth round by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. "That didn't last too long, which was pretty much OK with me," said the veteran starter at cornerback for the Northwestern Wildcats.
In 1970, Telander helped Northwestern come within one-half of an unbeaten conference record, only to have Ohio State rally for the victory and the trip to the Rose Bowl.
As a junior at Richwoods, Telander played end in football and was a starting safety-quarterback as a senior. He also played against the 1967 Pekin state basketball championship team that tonight enters the Hall of Fame.
A four-year letterman in football, basketball, and track at Richwoods High School, Telander went on to earn all-Big Ten Conference academic honors as a football player at Northwestern University before launching a successful writing career.
As a man devoted to sports, Mick Donahue contributed an essential (and sometimes underappreciated) service to organized sports in Peoria for decades. His passion for athletics began as a youth as a participant in the Salvation Army Junior League Tournament and Proctor Center Basketball League. At Peoria Manual High School in the early 50’s, he played on the baseball team. After graduating from Manual, he was a player/manager on the LeTourneau-Westinghouse team in the old Industrial League, which was one of the nation’s top amateur sports organizations at the time.
Mick spent much of his life coaching, organizing and officiating youth sports in the area, especially baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball. He volunteered as a coach from 1957-72 for the St. Boniface Mustangs. Additionally he coached numerous Little League and Pony League teams.
Over the next several decades, he volunteered thousands of hours organizing and administering officials for various league play in the community. Beginning in 1972, he supervised adult softball and basketball leagues for the Peoria Park District. He also scheduled officials/umpires for the area’s catholic grade schools as well as many basketball, baseball, and softball games for the Peoria Public Schools. In his over 30 years with the Peoria Park District, Mick trained, assigned, and supervised officials for adult softball games for leagues at Peoria Stadium and Sterling school. He organized a force of volunteer basketball officials for the Prairie State Games.
Even after his passing in 2011, his legacy in sports continued to have a positive impact for a charitable cause. As a tribute and acknowledgement of his decades of dedication to local softball leagues, a Mick Donahue Memorial Tournament was held in August of 2013, on the park district diamonds near Peoria Stadium. Many teams participated and many others, including umpires, volunteered their services. Proceeds from the successful event were donated to the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation, a disease being fought by his granddaughter. Concurrent with the tournament, a park bench was dedicated near the large diamond near Peoria Stadium. The small plaque affixed to the bench, reads, “In Memory of Mick Donahue for his dedication to softball and the Peoria Park District.”