1942-43 University of Illinois Men’s Team

Year Inducted: 1973

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations: The University of Illinois

Biography: The 1943 Big Ten Champion Illini was recognized as one of the finest teams ever to compete in the league.  Their record of 17-1 overall and 12-0 in conference play was evidence of their great all-around skill and team work.  These attributes earned them the nickname of the “Whiz Kids”.    The University of Illinois starters are shown in the photo.

Team Members in the Picture:

(L to R): Andy Phillip, Ken Menke, Art Mathisen, Jack Smiley, Gene Vance