VERNON R. “MAC” McMILLAN (Deceased)
Inducted: April 5, 1976 in Terre Haute, IN (Posthumously)
Date of Birth: September 15, 1892 in Morrill, KS
High School Attended: Baker Academy, Baldwin, KS Graduated: 1911
High School Honors: Football quarterback; captain senior year.
College Attended: Baker University, KS Graduated: 1915
College Honors: Played quarterback and was captain of football team; held Kansas State College record in 440-yard dash for 7 years; member of Baker University Glee Club; president of Baker University Athletic Association.
Special Recognition: After serving in the military during WW I, formed a sporting goods company in Terre Haute where he perfected and patented an inflator for basketballs and footballs; also patented the first football face mask and originated size coding for athletic socks; promoted high school athletics throughout Indiana; raised money for high school athletic programs and sponsored athletic tournaments; in 1940 was recognized by the National Sporting Goods Association as the Nation’s Outstanding Promoter of Amateur Sports among Dealers; originated slogan “It Pays to Play” which is official slogan of National Sporting Goods Association.
Mr. McMillan passed away December 1, 1968.