BY SPNW Staff 12:02AM 01/23/2012

P-I Man Of The Year Nominees (1940-49)

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

Master shell builder George Pocock (right) won the 1948 Man of the Year award in his fourth time on the ballot. / Photo courtesy of 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, 1940-49 (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
1940 George Archie Baseball Pacific Coast League MVP
Dick Barrett (4) Baseball Went 24-5 for the Rainiers
Henry Bendele Football Legendary Ballard High coach
Ray Frankowski Football All-Coast lineman at UW
Ted Garhart Rowing Stroke of the Washington crew
Paul Gilbreath Skiing Captured Silver Skis trophy
Art Langlie None Washington state governor
Jack Lelivelt (3) Baseball Managed Rainiers to pennant
Jim Phelan (3) Football Coached Huskies to 7-2 record
Henry Prosoff (3) Tennis Nationally ranked single player
Adolph Schacht Baseball Rainiers trainer; also fight referee
Jack Westland Golf PNGA Men’s Amateur champion
1941 Click Clark Trainer Served as UW’s trainer for 28 years
Neil Ellis Preps Seattle director of grade-school sports
Ray Frankowski (2) Football All-Coast lineman at UW
Ted Garhart (2) Rowing Stroke led UW to undefeated season
Walt Harrison Football All-Coast center at Washington
Bill Skiff Baseball Managed pennant-winning Rainiers
Hal Turpin Baseball 20-6 (2.15 ERA) mark for Rainiers
Jo Jo White (2) Baseball Batted .291 for the Rainiers
1942 Matt Broza Skiing Captured the Silver Skis trophy
Bob Erickson Football Outstanding UW running back
Ted Garhart (3) Rowing Never lost race in UW career
Walt Harrison (2) Football All-Coast center at Washington
Bill Lawrence (2) Baseball Hit .310 for Seattle Rainiers
Bob Odman Tennis Captained Washington’s team
Hal Turpin (2) Baseball Went 23-9 for the Rainiers
1943 Al Akins Football Helped lead UW to 1944 Rose Bowl
Eddie Carnett Baseball Hit .300 for the Seattle Rainiers
Carl Deetken Bowling One of Seattle’s leading bowlers
Allen Drumheller Trainer State’s leading breeder, trainer
Kore Duryee Archery “Father” of Washington state bow hunting
H. Edmundson (4) Basketball UW went 26-7, played in NCAAs
Bill Morris Basketball Named to All-America team
Bill Nollan Football Lincoln High football coach
Sam Robinson Football Star halfback, quarterback at UW
Bill Skiff (2) Baseball Managed Rainiers to 85-70 record
Hal Sueme Baseball Hit .281 for Seattle Rainiers
1944 Leon Brigham (4) Preps Supervised local prep sports
Carl Fischer Baseball RHP went 16-13 for Rainiers
Tom Gassman Bowling Oversaw Greater Seattle bowling
Harry Givan Golf Dominated amateur golf scene
Lou Hull Football Successful Roosevelt High coach
Don Johnson Outdoors Led Seattle Steelhead Trout Club
Jim McCurdy Football All-Coast OG for UW Rose Bowl team
Pete Miller Navy Spts Ran sports programs on Navy’s behalf
Bill Morris (2) Basketball All-Coast guard for Huskies
Hal Spindel Baseball Hit .355 for Rainiers
1945 Joe Demoran Baseball Went 20-10 for Rainiers
Frank Dotten Hockey Scored 38 goals for Seattle Ironmen
Harry Givan (2) Golf Created Seattle Open golf tourney
George Gunn Conservation Worked to protect fish habitat
Alf Hemstad Football Letterman at University of Washington
Gordon Hungar Football Letterman at University of Washington
George Kosmos Bowling Greater Seattle Bowler of Year
George McDonald Baseball Seattle native hit .317 for SD Padres
Bill McGovern Football Letterman at University of Washington
Steve Morrissey Conservation Promoted state-wide environmentalism
Joe Velez Boxing Won Northwest Golden Gloves
Sammy White Basketballl Starred for Washington Huskies
1946 Eddie Coleman Football Star left halfback for Lincoln High
Ray Daughters (3) Swimming Internationally acclaimed swim coach
Earl Johnson Baseball Seattleite starred for Boston Red Sox
Steve Morrissey (2) Outdoors Promoted state environmentalism
Bill Nollan (2) Football Successful Lincoln High coach
Gloria Petersen Ice Skating Top Pacific Coast figure skater
George Pocock (2) Rowing Famous designer of racing shells
Freddie Provo Football Star left halfback forĀ  Huskies
Karl Stingl Skiing Northwest’s top ski racer
Joe Velez (2) Bowling Won Northwest AAU crown
Tommy Werner Basketball Coached industrial Alpine Dairymen
Jo Jo White (3) Baseball Returned to Rainiers from Sacramento
1947 H. Bendele (2) Football Legendary Ballard High coach
Leon Brigham (5) Admin. Served as prep athletic director
Jim Brink Tennis All-Coast player for UW Huskies
Eddie Dartnell Hockey Scored 25 goals for Seattle Ironmen
Leon Evans Playfield Administrator of Seattle playfields
John Katsoras Referee Respected West Coast official
Kennedy sibs Ice Skating 2nd in World Championships (pairs)
Hillis Layne Baseball Batted .367 for Seattle Rainiers
Dick Ottele Football 3-year quarterback for Huskies
George Pocock (3) Rowing Internationally acclaimed shell designer
Pete Powlison Swimming Named to All-America team
Torchy Torrance Olympics Avid booster of all Seattle sports
1948 Jimmy Cain (2) Football Top West Coast referee
Ted Clarke Squash Eight-time city squash champion
Waldo Dahl Recreation Had playfield named in his honor
Alf Hemstad (2) Football Letterman at University of Washington
Jack Nichols Basketball All-America center at Washington
Porky Oliver Golf Won the Tacoma Open Invitational
George Pocock (4) Rowing Acclaimed shell designer
Reg Root Football Interim UW head coach
Don Sprinkle Football Head coach Rainier Beach Ramblers
Warren Westlund Rowing Won a gold medal in London Olympics
1949 Arnold Bergh Football Lincoln High School’s star passer
Chuck Durgan Softball Administrator, Seattle Softball Assn.
Guy Fletcher Baseball Won 23 games for Seattle Rainiers
Pete Gattanini Bowling Greater Seattle Bowler of the Year
Gordon Glisson Horse Race Local jockey scored at Santa Anita
Roland Kirkby Football Most Inspirational on UW team
Porky Oliver (2) Golf Captured Northwest Open tournament
Nick Peterson Baseball Financial backer of Commercial League
Arnold Riegger Trapshooting Promoted state environmentalism
Ray Soo Basketball All-City guard from Garfield High
Arnie Weinmeister Football All-Coast tackle for UW team


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