Year Inducted: 1973
Schools / Organizations: The University of Illinois
Biography: Ellis Veech was a long time prep and college basketball official. He was highly respected a known throughout the state for his fairness and professionalism. Ellis made sports a life-long love affair as he was the official score keeper for many years for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the old St. Louis Browns. As a member of the Baseball Writers Association Rules Committee, he was one of five officials sent to Germany in 1946 to conduct a school for army officials. Ellis was the editor of the East St. Louis Journal from 1935 to 1960. He was a native of Bement and an alumnus of the University of Illinois. Ellis passed away on October 24, 2011.