Herb Didrickson was given the perfect Tlingit name, Junkhateen, which translates in English to “fast or quick hands.” A great all-around athlete of mixed ancestry – Tlingit and Norwegian – the 5-10 Didrickson outran, outpassed, outshot, and even outjumped opponents almost a foot taller. Considered by many as the Jim Thorpe of Alaska, Didrickson dominated in basketball, baseball, track and field, and cross country growing up in the Southeast community of Sitka.
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Hoops star Herb Didrickson of Sitka felt like he could touch the sky when he was on the basketball court. He touched many lives as well. Didrickson, a multi-sport athlete with professional potential whose career stretched six decades from the 1940s to the 1990s, inspired generations of Alaskans during one of the most decorated lives… Read more »
Voting for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 begins next month. Periodically, we will share some of the write-in recommendations. Here are a few: Recommendation: Herb Didrickson Submitted by: Gil Truitt Why: Herb Didrickson starred at Sheldon Jackson High School 1944, 45 and 46; Sheldon Jackson Jr. College 1947 and 1948; Sitka… Read more »
Kotzebue’s Butch Lincoln broke down social and racial barriers with the same easiness that he used to break down an opponent’s press defense on the basketball court. More than just an all-star player in high school and college, he was a trailblazer for Alaska Natives and a role model for all players because of his… Read more »
Friday Flashback Take a trip down memory lane Friday Flashback is an ongoing series created by Alaska Sports Blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. Nearly a quarter of a century after her final volleyball match at Duke University, Megan Irvine of Wasilla remains one of the greatest… Read more »
Thanks for taking the time to write! By sharing your stories and knowledge you help preserve Alaska’s rich sports history and help significant people, moments and events get the recognition they deserve. Public Recommendations are always welcome and can be submitted here. This is a compilation of submissions received since 2006. They have generally NOT… Read more »
People George Attla Chad Bentz Carlos Boozer Red Boucher Holly Brooks John Brown Martin Buser Susan Butcher Mario Chalmers Don Clary Corey Cogdell Janay DeLoach Herb Didrickson Rosey Fletcher Scott Gomez Jeannie Hebert-Truax Virgil Hooe Nicole Johnston Reggie Joule Nina Kemppel Jeff King Trajan Langdon Wally Leask Hilary Lindh Lance Mackey Dick Mize Tommy Moe… Read more »
The author of one of the greatest moments in Olympic history, American Billy Mills stunned the world by winning the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Games. Since then he has toured the country telling his inspirational story. He will here Wednesday night, Jan. 29, at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. Mills will… Read more »
Schools shut down, towns empty and thousands make the trek each spring from small villages throughout Southeast Alaska to the regional hub of Juneau for the annual Gold Medal Tournament. Started in 1947 as a way to raise money for the Boy Scouts, the weeklong event sponsored by the Juneau Lions Club transcends the sport of basketball. For the past 65 years it has been a social, cultural and economic boon for Juneau and a March Madness community gathering for family and friends from Metlakatla to Yakutat.
Tonight is the night. The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony tonight at the Anchorage Museum atrium from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public. “We are happy to welcome in the Class of 2013,” said Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Harlow… Read more »