Game 231 | February 10 | Bobby Knight
In 1975 Coach Knight was well on his way to the third of four straight Big Ten basketball championships. He coached at Indiana from 1971-2000 and led his teams to three NCAA championships, one NIT title and 11 Big Ten titles. In 1984 he coached a Michael Jordan-led U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in Los Angeles.
Game 232 | May 6 | Al Bunis, Frank Parker, Pancho Segura
Tennis was once again the featured sport. Bunis was a featured player on the Grand Masters Tennis Tour. Parker, 59 at the time, was one of the few Americans to win both the U.S. and French Open titles, and Segura was one of the three top tennis players in the world in the early 1950s, along with Jack Kramer and Pancho Gonzalez.
Game 233 | May 30 | Jim Hughes, Frank Quilici
Hughes, with no previous major league victories, was the star of the 1975 Twins pitching staff, winning 16 games, one more than teammate Bert Blyleven. Under Quilici the team finished 20 1/2 games out of first place, and he was replaced at the end of the year by Gene Mauch.
Game 234 | June 18 | Steve Hoag, John McCallum
Hoag, a native of Anoka and a former University of Minnesota cross country star, had just finished second in the Boston Marathon to Bill Rodgers who broke the world's record in that race. Along with Ron Daws and Garry Bjorkland, Hoag is credited with giving birth to running as a hobby and form of fitness in this region.
Game 235 | July 2 | Calvin Griffith, Lee MacPhail
Succeeding Joe Cronin as American League President in 1974, MacPhail was visiting each major league team in 1975. The Twins had led the American League in attendance in the 1960s, but owner Griff1th told the audience that he was going to need help unless attendance improved soon. In 1974 the Twins drew just 662,401 fans, an average of just 8,603 per game.
Game 236 | July 8 | Lloyd Stein | Bernie Bierman
Lloyd "Snapper" Stein served as the head athletic trainer at the University of Minnesota from 1935 -1975. Known to many as the local"father of sports medicine," he became a friend to many Gopher athletes. Bud Grant described Stein as "the continuity from one generation of Gopher athletes to the next." Bierman, who retired as Gopher football coach after the 1950 season, died in 1977, following a career in which he brought five national championships to Minnesota Gopher football fans.
Game 237 | September 1 | Jim Dutcher
A former head coach at Eastern Michigan and a three-year assistant at Michigan, Dutcher was hired to succeed Bill Musselman in 1975. His team won 16 games his first season, but improved to 24-3 the next year with a starting lineup that included Kevin McHale, Ray Williams, Mychal Thompson, Osborne Lockhart and Flip Saunders.
Game 238 | October 23 | Mike Lynn, Brent McClanahan
A fifth-round pick out of Arizona State in 1973, McClanahan had a solid career as the "other back" who shared time in the Vikings backfield with All-Pro Chuck Foreman. Lynn, a frequent Dunkers guest, was hired as an assistant to Max Winter in 1974 and became the team's General Manager in 1975.
Game 239 | November 21 | Ted Harris
A former player for the Minnesota North Stars, Harris finished his playing career in 1975 as a member of the Stanley Cup-winning Philadelphia Flyers. He retired at the end of the season and was immediately hired by the North Stars as their head coach to succeed Charlie Burns. Harris held that post through 1977 when he was succeeded by Andre Beaulieu.
Game 240 | December 5 | Al DeRogatis
An All American at Duke, DeRogatis played three years of professional football before retiring to enter the insurance business. When televised football became popular in the 1960s, he provided the color commentary to Curt Gowdy's play-by-play. Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman rated DeRogatis as his #1 football analyst of all time.