BY SPNW Staff 12:01AM 01/23/2012

P-I Man Of The Year Nominees (1935-39)

In the early years of the Man of the Year sports awards program, the nominees were culled largely from University of Washington athletic teams and from the amateur ranks.

Royal Brougham, who launched the Man of the Year awards in 1936, worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 68 years. / Photo courtesy of the Seattle Sports Commission

Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist/editor Royal Brougham created the Man of the Year sports award in early 1936. The Man of the Year became the Sports Star of the Year in 1977, and currently honors the Professional Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, and Sports Story of the Year.

In the beginning, men and women were lumped together on one ballot. These were the nominees from the early years of the awards program, 1935-39 (winner in bold face). The number behind a nominee’s name indicates the times he(or she had appeared on the ballot.

Year Nominees Sport Skinny
1935 Dick Barrett Baseball Star pitcher for Seattle Indians
Tom Bolles Rowing Leading oarsman for UW Huskies
Scotty Campbell Golf PNGA Men’s Amateur champion
Ray Daughters Swimming Coached UW All-America Jack Medica
Hec Edmundson Basketball Coached Huskies to 16-8 record
Frank Foyston Hockey Coached Sea Hawks to league title
Jack Medica Swimming Swept 3 events in NCAA competition
Bobby Morris Referee Officiated 1935 Rose Bowl game
Hank Prusoff Tennis Reached No. 8 U.S. singles rank
Hannes Schroll Skiing Won U.S. National Downhill title
Bill Smith Football All-Coast end for the UW Huskies
Freddie Steele Boxing Became top 5 middleweight contender
1936 Dick Barrett (2) Baseball Posted 22-13 record for Rainiers
Ralph Bishop Basketball UW center won gold in Berlin Games
Leon Brigham Football Coach of the Garfield Bulldogs
Jimmy Cain Football UW All-Coast running back
Scotty Campbell (2) Golf Played for U.S. Walker Cup team
Ray Daughters (2) Swimming Coached J. Medica to Olympic win
Hec Edmundson (2) Basketball Huskies posted a 25-7 record
Frank Foyston (2) Hockey Coached Sea Hawks (NWHL)
Don Hume Rowing Won gold medal at Berlin Olympics
Jack Medica (2) Swimming Won 3 medals at Berlin Olympics
Bob Moch Rowing Won gold medal at Berlin Olympics
Jimmy Phelan Football Coached Huskies to Rose Bowl
Freddie Steele (2) Boxing Became NBAW middleweight champ
Al Ulbrickson Rowing Coached Huskies to gold in Berlin
1937 Mrs. Del Barkoff Badminton 1st woman nominated for MOY
Dick Barrett (3) Baseball Won 20 games for Seattle Indians
Leon Brigham (2) Football Successful Garfield High coach
John Cherberg Football Coached Queen Anne High
Hec Edmundson (3) Basketball Coached UW to 15-11 record
Bud Ericksen Football UW center from 1935-37
Al Hostak Boxing Became middleweight contender
Don Hume (2) Rowing Star oarsmen for UW Huskies
Mike Hunt Baseball Star home run hitter for Indians
Otto Lang Skiing Founded 1st ski school at Mt. Rainier
Vic Markov Football All-Coast tackle for UW Huskies
Jimmy Phelan (2) Football Coached UW in Pineapple Bowl
George Pocock Rowing Designed revolutionary racing shells
Freddie Steele (3) Boxing Defended world middleweight title
Al Ulbrickson (2) Rowing Defending champ nominated again
Leslie Wilkins Basketball Coached at Lakeside School for boys
1938 Leon Brigham (3) Football Successful Garfield coach
Gus Ericksen Rowing Outstanding UW oarsman
Don Fraser Skiing Pacific Northwest slalom champ
Al Hostak (2) Boxing Won world middleweight crown
Fred Hutchinson Baseball Went 25-7 for Seattle Rainiers
Jimmy Johnston Football Top Husky running back
Bill Lawrence Baseball Outstanding Rainiers outfielder
Jack Lelivelt Baseball Managed Seattle Rainiers
Don McIntosh Football Outstanding UW center
Emil Sick Baseball Owner of the Seattle Rainiers
1939 Ellis Coder Rowing Outstanding Husky oarsman
Bill Haroldson Football Coached Roosevelt High team
Al Hostak (3) Boxing World middleweight champion
Jack Lelivelt (2) Baseball Managed Rainiers to PCL title
Dean McAdams Football Star back for UW Huskies
Rudy Mucha Football Star lineman for UW Huskies
Henry Prusoff (2) Tennis Nationally ranked in singles
Jo Jo White Baseball Hit .287 for Seattle Rainiers
Dirk Yeager Badminton National caliber performer

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