The Warren Sports Hall of Fame was formed in 1988 for the purpose of honoring the men and women in our community who have excelled in athletics or who have made substantial contributions to athletics in the Warren area.
We would like to honor two men who have meant a lot to the success of the Warren Sports Hall of Fame… both as an administrator and a former athlete. Our first individual is LOU SULLIVAN. Lou is considered to be one of the "founding fathers" of the Warren Sports Hall of Fame along Judge Donald Ford and Gene Rossi. Together, they laid the groundwork for the organization that is currently celebrating its 30th year in existence. He is a "distinguished trustee", who is being recognized for his long-standing service and dedication to honoring Warren Athletics. Tonight, the Warren Sports Hall of Fame is proud to present him with a portrait commemorating his years of service and say "thank you" to our colleague, mentor and great friend... LOU SULLIVAN.
Next, the Warren Sports Hall of Fame would like to recognize JAMES BRUTZ. He was part of the first class of inductees in 1989... a group that included former Major League All-Star and former President of the National League Bill White and Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Warfield. James was the first Warren Harding football player to garner All-State honors. He went on to become an All- American at Notre Dame. After serving in the U-S Navy from 1942 to 1946, James played professional football in the All American Conference eventually retiring in 1950. Sadly, JAMES BRUTZ passed away in 2000 at the age of 81. Here on his behalf is his son, ATTORNEY JAMES BRUTZ and daughter Marian Whitcomb.