CHRIS SCHENKEL (Deceased)
Inducted: August 2, 1974 in Bloomington, IN
Date of Birth: August 21, 1923 near Bippus, IN
High School Attended: Bippus Graduated: 1941
High School Honors: Received the Citizenship Award and American Legion Speech Award.
College Attended: Purdue University Graduated: 1945
Professional Career: Earned a pre-med degree at Purdue but pursued career as a sportcaster; started TV football in 1947; at Harvard University 1952-1965; was the TV voice of the New York Giants 1965-1973; TV voice of NCAA College Football Game of the Week; covered over 500 TV games for ABC, NBC, and CBS, a record.
Professional Honors: Began his radio broadcasting career in Richmond, IN before moving on to television in Providence; recognized by Pop Warner League; Hoosier Communicator of the Year, Indiana Broadcasters; National Sportscaster of the Year 4 times; Emmy Nomination 4 times; George Foster Peabody Award; Torch of Truth Award, Indianapolis A.D. Club; Varsity “P” Award, Purdue University; Award of Merit, Detroit Chapter National Hall of Fame; MC at National Football Hall of Fame Dinner for 10 years; best remembered for calling the Professional Bowlers Association Tour; inducted into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1999; many other awards.
Special Recognition: First to cover Masters Tournament on television in 1956; first to call a college football game coast to coast on ABC; first to serve as a live sports anchor from the Olympics in Mexico City in 1968; honorary chieftain of the Miami Indians tribe, with the name of Mo-Nu, which means speaker: one liked by all people; recipient of Pete Rozelle Pro Football Hall of Fame Radio-Television award and the Golden Plate Award, presented by the American Academy of Achievement; granted an Honorary Doctorate from Purdue University and from Ball Sate University; served in the Philippines during WW II and later in Korea as an infantry platoon leader; inducted into 16 Halls of Fame, including the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters and College and Pro Football Halls; won an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1993.
Family: Wife, Fran; children, Ted, John, and Christina; three grandchildren.
Mr. Schenkel passed away September 11, 2005.