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Sports Star of the Year Award Winners (1935-1949)

1935

Bobby Morris
Nationally Recognized Sports Official

The first ever Sports Star of the Year, Morris was chosen to referee the 1935 Rose Bowl among several other games. He helped bring the Pacific Northwest into the national sports spotlight, and his legacy lives on today with the Bobby Morris Playfield in Seattle.

1936

Al Ulbrickson
Olympic Gold Medal Rowing Coach

Ulbrickson’s 31-year tenure as coach of UW crew saw two Olympic gold medals and six national championships. He led the Husky crew team to a gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Games, the team immortalized in The New York Times Bestseller, The Boys in the Boat. 

1937

John Cherberg
High School and UW Coach

Cherberg coached Cleveland High School to the Seattle city football championship in 1937 before coaching his alma mater Washington Huskies for three seasons. After football, Cherberg served 31 years as the Washington state lieutenant governor –the State Senate offices in Olympia are now named in his honor.

1938

Fred Hutchinson
Baseball Pitcher and Manager

Playing collegiate baseball at UW before beginning his professional career with the Seattle Rainiers, Hutchinson played and coached in the MLB for a combined 22 years, leading the Cincinatti Reds to a National League pennant in 1961. A WWII Navy veteran and later a victim of fatal lung cancer, Hutchinson is commemorated by the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

1939

Dean McAdams
UW Football Player

The star of a 4-5 UW football team, McAdams’ punting prowess in 1939 led to his award. Against undefeated USC, McAdams tallied a 47.5-yard punting average to keep the Huskies in the game. He was later drafted by the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers.

1940

Dick Barrett
Rainier Pitching Star

Known as “Kewpie Dick,” Barrett was a standout pitcher for 11 years between the Seattle Indians and the Seattle Rainiers. After playing five years in the majors across four teams, Barrett pitched a perfect game at age 40 for the Rainiers in 1948 to cement his local legacy.

1941

Click Clark
Renowned Husky Trainer

Clark spent 28 years as an athletic trainer at the University of Washington, beginning in 1929. He played football at Montana and Washington prior to his long tenure as trainer.

1942

Ted Garhart
UW Rowing Champion

A member of the Husky Hall of Fame, Garhart stroked UW crew to four consecutive undefeated seasons. His Olympic ambitions were interrupted by World War II — he served as a Marine and later reached the rank of colonel.

1943

Hec Edmundson
UW Coach and Administrator

UW basketball coach for 27 years, Edmundson led the 1943 Huskies to a 24-7 record and an Elite Eight appearance. He remains the winningest coach in program history and his name graces the home of Washington basketball, Hec Edmundson Pavillion.

1944

Jim McCurdy
Football Inspirational Winner

An all-coast offensive guard and team captain, McCurdy led the 1944 Huskies to their fourth Rose Bowl appearance in school history. McCurdy’s influence in Seattle evolved as he became a successful industrialist and businessman in the Puget Sound region.

1945

Harry Givan
Golf Champion

A Washington native, Givan is a PNGA Hall of Fame inductee and winner of the 1936 Washington State Open with a 268 — a record that stands today. Regarded as one of the best golfers in Pacific Northwest history, Givan also left his mark on Seattle by co-founding the Northwest Hospital & Medical Center in 1960.

1946

Steve Morrissey
Conservationist and Outdoorsman

Morrissey served as president of Washington’s Sportsmen’s Council as well as the King County Sports Council, establishing a name for himself in Pacific Northwest hunting and fishing. He successfully fought a referendum in Washington that would have yielded severe damage on sportsfishing.

1947

Leon Brigham
Prep Sports Coach and Administrator

Brigham spent 17 years as the Seattle Schools athletic director, overseeing the construction of Memorial Stadium, Sealth Stadium, and new gyms at 10 local high schools. He coached Garfield High School’s dynasty to 18 city championships n football, track, and basketball and was inducted into the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

1948

George Pocock
Crew Racing Genius

In the midst of UW’s rise to crew dominance, Pocock revolutionized a racing shell design that was used nationwide. He helped the Washington team to its first intercollegiate title in 1923 and was the U.S. Boatman to four Olympics teams, including UW’s 1936 gold medal team in Germany.

1949

Gordon Glisson
Champion Jockey

A top thoroughbred racing jockey, Glisson earned the award the same year that he was the U.S. Champion Jockey with 57 victories. He was the first recipient of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1950.

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