Notes from Induction Night
Frank Froelke is a member of the Class of 1959 and a native of Hamilton, who lettered in three sports, (track, football, basketball) and starred in two (football and basketball). Not a physically imposing specimen, he was the possessor of those most important athletic attributes, speed, quickness and agility.
A halfback on the football team who was All GCL and All City, he led the 1958 Bombers to an 8 2 record which included two games in which he scored three touchdowns. His contributions to this team were of such a magnitude that Coach Ballaban remarked that the team's record would have been reversed had this man been injured or had not played. He was also honorable mention all Ohio and was invited to play in the North South All Star game.
After football season, as was the norm in those days, this man stepped off of the gridiron onto the basketball court and captained the 58 59 basketball team. Leading a team that was supposed to be rebuilding after the success of the previous two years, our newest hall of famer spurred them to a 17 6 record, the Cincinnati district championship before the team succumbed to Middletown in the Regional Semifinals. As in football, he was All GCL and All City.
After graduating from St. X, Froelke attended Notre Dame where he was a member of the track team and set an outdoor pole vault record. Now a lawyer living in Hamilton, he was at one time the youngest mayor in Ohio when he was elected Hamilton's mayor in 1968.
Clint Haslerig is a member of the class of 1970 and was also a two sport star in football and track. This man was a physically imposing specimen who had tremendous speed and strength.
In track he was a sprinter and excelled in the then 880 relay. In football however, he made his mark. Playing on the two best teams that St. X has ever had, he was the star. In his junior year he caught twenty passes as the split end on a team whose season passing records were probably eclipsed by Greg Fry in one game. However, that team was and is still, the only undefeated team in our history which won the GCL and City championship and finished fifth in the pre playoffs state rankings. Our inductee garnered 2nd team all GCL honors. His senior year he was the captain. While the team's record "slipped" to 8 2, this team was much more dominative in victory, outscoring its opponents 320 42 which included a 35 7 thrashing of Princeton. In addition to being captain, he played receiver, halfback, and returned kicks. He was the leading scorer and the key to the offensive prowess of this team. For his efforts he was first team All GCL, All City and honorable mention all Ohio.
After graduation, Haslerg went on to the University of Michigan where he played wingback for Bo Schembechler on some powerful teams including a 9 0 1 team his senior year. After Michigan, he was drafted and played in the NFL for a number of years as a wide receiver for the Vikings, Buffalo Bills, and Forty Niners. Today he resides in California where he his a partner in a consulting firm.
Dan Tehan is a member of the Class of 1924 and was a legend in southwest Ohio. A varsity letterman in baseball, basketball and football for his entire high school career including his freshman year, he had an immediate effect on the teams at St. Xavier from the moment of his arrival. He was all Ohio in both football and basketball as a lineman and a guard. Such was his prowess that the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1925 called him one of the best tackles to have ever played in the State of Ohio.
This hall of famer then enrolled at Xavier University where he played four years of football and three years of basketball and won six varsity letters. A real gamer, he once played a game less than a week after breaking his jaw, rubbing mud on his face to prevent the opposition from discovering his injury. After his senior year of football, he was too injured to play basketball, so he helped coach the team.
He bypassed professional football, such that it was in those days, however he then became a referee and by 1930 he was in the NFL. He refereed in the NFL until 1963, retiring after doing the 1963 championship between the Bears and Giants. Today we are familiar with some of the NFL referees due to their constant exposure on TV. While this man retired before TV become so dominant, he was a legend amongst officials and especially the coaches. Even today he holds the record for having refereed the most play off games in NFL history. He is also remembered as being the only Democrat to consistently win election to county wide office in Hamilton County as he was the Sheriff for many years. Tehan passed away in 1980.