HARMON, TOM

TOM HARMON (Deceased)

Inducted: January 16, 1975 in Richmond, IN

Date of Birth: September 28, 1919 in Rensselaer, IN

High School Attended: Gary Horace Mann       Graduated: 1937

High School Honors: Earned 14 varsity letters in football, basketball, and track; 2-time All-State Quarterback; captain of basketball team; won State 100 yard dash and 200 yard hurdles in 1937.

College Attended: University of Michigan        Graduated: 1941

College Honors: All-American tailback 1939-1940; Heisman Trophy winner 1940; Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award 1940; Most Valuable Player Big Ten 1940; 2-year varsity basketball letterman.

Professional Athletic Background: 1941 NFL #1 draft selection by Chicago Bears but opted to play for New York Americans; career interrupted by WW II; after war played for the Los Angeles Rams 1946-1947.

Special Recognition: Won a Silver Star and Purple Heart as an Army Air Corp fighter pilot during WW II; in 1949, became a sports director for Columbia Pacific Radio Network; became a television sports reporter in 1947, averaging 10 shows a week; among the games he covered were the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Orange Bowl, along with the College Game of the Week; reported on the Los Angeles Rams, Southern California, and UCLA football and basketball games; was a commentator for Los Angeles Angels games, Hollywood Stars, San Francisco 49’ers, and East-West game; covered most major golf tournaments and Golden Gloves boxing; he was on the Jack Kramer Tour and “At Home with the Harmons” with Elyse Knox as his wife; served as the Sports Director of the Hughes Television Network and did a daily schedule of 3 shows on the Mutual Radio Network which was aired on over 600 stations, as well as special assignments on both radio and television.

Family: Wife, Elyse Knox; children, Kelly, Christie, and Mark.

Mr. Harmon passed away March 15, 1990.