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2000 FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BIOS

2000 FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME PLAYER INDUCTEES

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From the 1920s Classes

***** Warner Mizell, Class of 1926 *****

Starting halfback for MHS in 1925. That year’s team won 8, lost 1 and tied 1. It also was the first time MHS played Edison, then called Lemon City. The Stingarees won 33-0; it was the start of a 26-year streak. Warner went on to play halfback at Georgia Tech, earning Second Team All-America in 1928; the first All-America ever to come out of Miami. (The Third Team quarterback was Clyde Crabtree of Florida who went on to be a coach at Miami High.) Mizell also was First Team All-Southern that year. Mizell played in Georgia Tech’s January 1, 1929 Rose Bowl victory over California, the famous game in which California’s Roy Riegels scooped up a fumble and ran the wrong way, tackled by a teammate at the one-yard line. Mizell played with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National Football League in 1931. Try as we did, we could not locate Mizell or any of his relatives and do not know if he is alive today.

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From the 1930s Classes

***** Jimmy Ellenburg, Class of 1935 *****

The versatile Ellenburg played quarterback and halfback at Miami High. In his three seasons on the team, the Stingarees’ record was 26-6-2 with two state championships. He was All-Southern Honorable Mention and First Team All-City in 1934. After college, Jimmy joined Jesse Yarborough’s staff at Miami High as an assistant. In a 1943 column, Miami Herald Sports Editor Jimmy Burns referred to Ellenburg as Yarborough’s “No. 1 disciple.” Jimmy passed away in 1994.

***** Walter Schaff, Class of 1938 *****

Walter Schaff, Class of 1938. Played offensive & defensive end 1936 & ’37 as Number 31 Won 12, lost 8, tied 1. State Champions 1936 & ’37. First Team All-State 1937. All Star Game against Georgia Military College New Year’s Day 1938. Scholarship to University of South Carolina

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From the 1940s Classes

***** J.I. Wilson, Class of 1943 *****

Played Lineman 1940, ‘41 & ’42 as Number 14. Won 28, lost 1, tied 1. State Champions 1941 & ‘42 . Southern Champions 1942 w/ Perfect 9-0 Season

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From the 1950s Classes

***** Edie Spitzer, Class of 1950 *****

The single-wing wingback played for the Stingaree teams of 1948 and 1949, garnering All-City honors in 1949 from both the Miami Herald and Miami News. He played on the State Champion team of 1948. The Stingarees’ record during his year was 12-5-1, including a 1949 41-6 drubbing of Edison.

***** Jack Westbrook, Class of 1956 *****

Jack was a running back who earned All-City honors in 1955 in both baseball and football. The Stingarees’ football record in his two years on the team was 16-3-1, including the 1954 and 1955 state championship. In the 1955 game against Jacksonville Lee, Jack scored three touchdowns in a 33-0 victory.

***** Jon Jenkins, Class of 1956 *****

Jon was as versatile as a player can get. He played offensive guard, fullback and defensive linebacker. He was chosen Miami Herald and Miami News All-City linebacker in 1954 and 1955. He also was Second Team All-State linebacker in 1955. MHS’ record during his two years on the varsity: 16-3-1. Played on 1954 and 1955 State Champion teams.

***** Mike Hale, Class of 1957 *****

An offensive and defensive end, Mike was selected All-City by both the Miami Herald and Miami News in 1956. He also participated on the track team. MHS’ record during his two years on the varsity: 16-3-1, including a 14-6 victory over Edison in 1956 in which he caught a 33-yard touchdown pass. The Stingarees finished State Champion in 1956.

***** Fred Kepler, Class of 1957 *****

A running back and linebacker, Fred was chosen Third Team All-State Offense. He played on the State Champion team of 1956, as well as earning All-State honors as a pitcher on the baseball team. Following college, Fred became a high school football coach and remains that to this day in Indiana.

***** Tom Batten, Class of 1958 *****

A quarterback, Tom was Second Team All-City by both the Miami Herald and Miami News. He played on the 1956 State Champion team. MHS’ record for his two years: 14-3-2. He was team co-captain in 1957.

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From the 1960s Classes

***** Clifford (Bucky) Carlton, Class of 1960 *****

Bucky played on the MHS State Champion team of 1958. The combined record of the teams during his two years: 16-2-2. He played linebacker in 1958 and quarterback in 1959. He was chosen First Team All-City by the Miami News in 1959. He quarterbacked the Stingaree team that drubbed Coral Gables, 40-7. Bucky also threw the shotput on the track team.

***** Donald Moss, Class of 1965 *****

A right guard, Donald was First Team All-City both with the Miami Herald and Miami News. He also was All-Gold Coast and All-State. He was chosen co-captain for the 1964 season. In his two years on the varsity, MHS’ record was 13-6-0. He was chosen by his coaches as Best Blocker for the 1964 season.

***** Gene Wood, Class of 1966 *****

An inside linebacker, Gene was First Team All-City both with the Miami Herald and Miami News. He also was First Team All-State and All-Southern. He was the captain of the 1965 National Champion Stingaree team, a season in which the team went 12-0-0. In the 1965 game with Coral Gables, won by MHS 14-7, Gene played before a record crowd of 45,000 plus. Gene also was Honorable Mention All-City in basketball.