Hall of Fame Week: Tolbert and Pioneers Traicoff and Zeller
Sept. 30, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Heading into the Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame induction of the 2011 Class, IUHoosiers.com will feature each inductee, along with two inductees into the Pioneer Class. Today, we feature Ray Tolbert (Men's Basketball, 1978-81), Chris Traicoff (Wrestling, 1937-39) and Joe Zeller (Football, 1929-31; Men's Basketball, 1930-32).
Ray Tolbert - Men's Basketball, 1978-81:
Tolbert won basketball letters as the Hoosiers' starting center in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981, co-captain in 1981. A gold medalist on the U.S. 1979 Pan American team, he helped IU to two Big Ten championships and the 1981 NCAA Championship. Tolbert was the 1981 Big Ten (and IU) MVP. The team rebounding leader all four of his seasons, he still ranks in the Top 20 on IU's career scoring list (1,427) and sixth in rebounds (874). A first round draft choice, he played six NBA seasons.
Chris Traicoff - Wrestling, 1937-39:
Traicoff won wrestling letters in 1937, 1938 and 1939 and was honorary captain in 1939. He came to IU with no wrestling experience, but he won Big Ten and NCAA championships at 177 pounds in 1939, when he had a perfect 10-0 record and led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten championship.
Joe Zeller - Football, 1929-31; Men's Basketball, 1930-32:
Zeller won football letters in 1930, 1931 and 1932 and basketball letters in 1931, 1932 and 1933, co-captain in 1932. He stands alone in IU athletic history, the only man to be Most Valuable Player in both football and basketball in the same school year - 1932-33, when he was also senior class president. He also was football MVP in 1931 and All-Big Ten in 1932. He went on to play professional football with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.
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