Year Inducted: 1978
Schools / Organizations: Bradley University
The Peoria Journal Star
Biography: Dick Lien’s basketball coverage of the Bradley Braves flourished beginning with his time serving the student newspaper—The Scout in the early 1960’s. Dick’s career grew from a part time employee of The Peoria Journal Star to becoming the paper’s assistant sports director. Lien’s close association with Bradley was extremely evident in his writing of the accounts of their basketball program. When talking with him, one finds that Dick is a walking encyclopedia of Bradley Braves basketball information. His other writing passion was for the IHSA basketball scene. In 1960, Dick won an Associated Press state award for his story on Collinsville basketball. Even when traveling with the Braves, Dick could be seen during his off times, watching high school basketball. Dick was a proud graduate of Peoria Central High School. Dick Lien died on December 22, 1994.