Fred Young

Year Inducted: 1973

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations: Bloomington Daily Pantagraph

Biography: Fred “Brick” Young was the sports editor emeritus of the Bloomington Daily Pantagraph where he served for 50 years and helped develop, with his sports coverage, a circulation of 50,000 which is amazing for a community of this size.  Fred served as a football and basketball official in the Big 10 for 30 years and his record of officiating in the state basketball finals for 13 consecutive years is a record that may never be equaled.  Fred attended Normal HS and Illinois Wesleyan University where he set many records in the field of athletics.  In 1968 Fred was named one of the top Illinois Sports personalities of the century at the Centennial Affair at the University of Illinois. 

Fred holds the distinction of being inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame twice.  In 1973, he was part of the inaugural induction group as a member of the media.  In 1978, he was recognized as one of the top officials to ever work in this state.  Fred Young passed away in 1980 at the age of 88.