McKeta hard-nosed running style led Owens’ 1959 and 1960 UW teams to Rose Bowl victories. The 180-pound halfback was named the Huskies’ most inspirational player in both seasons, and also earned AP All-Coast and All-Big-Five honors.
Today, Sander is tied for third for most USGA Championship wins among all golfers, winning her first U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1958. An Everett native, she appeared in eight Curtis Cups for the U.S. and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame.
Muncey remains arguably the greatest hydroplane racer in history, named Sports Star of the Year after driving the Century 21 hydroplane, named for the Seattle World’s Fair, to five major wins in 1962. After accumulating 62 victories and eight Gold Cup wins, his career was cut short by a fatal crash in the final heat of a World Championship race in 1981.
Sternberg won the 1963 NCAA pole vault title for UW and set a new world record with a jump of 16 feet 8 inches. Less than a month after setting that mark, an awkward landing during practice at UW left Sternberg paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, but he fought to live a long life until 2013.
Whittaker made history by becoming the first American to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in 1963, planting a U.S. flag at the highest peak in the world. The Seattle native prepared for the daunting task with 53 ascents up Mt. Rainier. He also acted as REI’s CEO during the 1960’s.
One of the last great two-way football players at the University of Washington, Redman led the Huskies to a 1964 Rose Bowl appearance during his All-American career as a linebacker and guard. Redman went on to play nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers, and was the team’s punter in his first three seasons. He is a College Football Hall of Fame inductee.
In 19 years as the head football coach at Seattle Prep, Goodwin went 114-44-13 and powered his team to a No. 1 ranking in the state in two seasons. He served in the U.S. military during World War II and joined the UW coaching staff in 1966.
A 20-year boxing veteran, Cotton competed in 83 professional fights and suffered just 19 defeats. He challenged for the light-heavyweight title twice, most notably losing a controversial 15-round decision to José Torres in 1966.
Lanman’s greatest legacy is his installation of what is believed to be the first artificial turf on an outdoor football field at Memorial Stadium in the 1960’s. His ingenuity as the Seattle and Metro League athletic director ended decades of mud-drenched football in Seattle.
At just 17 years old, Greff won gold at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and broke the 100-meter backstroke world record in the process. One year prior, the Tacoma native became the first woman to finish the same event in under one minute. She is now a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
A 15-year MLB staple, Harper spent the 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots — he tallied the first plate appearance in Pilots history, smacking a double to start the only season the franchise would play in Seattle. He led the majors in stolen bases in two seasons, racking up 73 in 1969.