1990 – Ronald Reagan
Born in Tampico, Illinois, on February 6, 1911, two term President Ronald Reagan was a category III inductee into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1990. Category III inductees are individuals who having made a mark in sports or related fields, have gone on to contribute significantly to life in America. After finishing college in 1932, Reagan began a short career as a radio announcer at radio station WOC/Davenport, first announcing University of Iowa football games and then as a full-time staff announcer. Then when WOC merged with WHO in Des Moines, Reagan became the stations sports announcer. He was a sportscaster until 1937 when, while in California covering a Chicago Cubs game, he auditioned for, and won, a contract to make movies for Warner Brothers. Over the next two decades, Reagan made 53 movies, before becoming a television host and spokesman for conservatism. In 1966, Reagan began his career in politics when he was elected Governor of California, a position he was reelected to in 1970. Then in 1980, he was elected President of the United States of America. In 1989, at the end of his second term as president, America was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression. President Reagan died June 5, 2004.