Inductees Peorian Herb Jamison represented the United States in the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece in 1896. Jamison was a student at Princeton when he was asked to join a 13-man United States team at the resumption of the Olympic Games.
In Athens, Jamison chalked up the fastest qualifying time in the 400-meter dash, but placed second in the finals, winning a Silver Medal with a time of 55.2 seconds. It is believed Jamison placed third in the 100-meter dash. As a senior at Peoria High School in 1893, he was the only triple winner in the very first Illinois State High School Track and Field Meet. Jamison died in 1938 at the age of 62 after many years in the insurance business.
Peorian Herb Jamison represented the United States in the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece in 1896. Jamison was a student at Princeton when he was asked to join a 13-man United States team at the resumption of the Olympic Games.
|Ron Dwyer, Sr.|
Ron was an All-Conference, athlete in football, basketball, and baseball at Spalding Institute and achieved All-State honors in basketball. He accepted a full scholarship to Western Illinois University for basketball. After his freshman year he transferred to Bradley University on a baseball scholarship. At BU he played baseball for three years and football for two years. In 1964, he was selected for the All-Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Team. Ron was invited to play on the first Peoria Pacers Baseball Team in the Central Illinois Collegiate League, batting 4th in the lineup and playing 3rd base alongside Don Kessinger, the eventual star shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. After college he shared his sports acumen as an assistant coach for Spalding’s basketball teams that were the state runners-up in 1969 and 1970 Class AA Tournament. He was the pitching coach for the 1974 East Peoria team that placed 2nd in the Class AA Baseball Tournament. Ron was a player/manager in Peoria’s Sunday Morning League for 15 years; for 20 years he served as supervisor of the softball program for the Peoria Park District; for 6 years was active in Little League; and for 2 years helped lead a youth basketball program. He was an umpire/official in baseball, basketball, and football at various levels of competition over 21 seasons.