Athletic Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Hall of Fame was established in 1978 at which time 19 "Charter Members" were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. As of the fall of 2022, 348 individuals (321 athletes, 16 coaches and 11 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The former Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lund Center was originally partially endowed by the families of both Dwight Holcombe's (the only father/son combination holding membership in the Hall). The hardwood plaque upon which the individual plates are permanently displayed, now in the Hall of Champions, was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

George Stapleton

Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Track & Field

Inducted: 1982

Excelling in baseball and basketball at Montrose High School, George "Murph" Stapleton '31, played his first football at Gustavus. He lettered 4 years in both football and baseball, 3 years in basketball, and 1 year in track. In 1928 he was named All-State halfback and in his other three years was given second team posts in honorary selections. He was feared throughout the conference because once he broke into the open field, it was almost an impossible task to catch him. He played second base and was known as one of the best men at that position throughout his four years on the baseball team. He was regarded as a dangerous hitter and led the '28 championship team with a percentage of .404. He played forward on the basketball team and was honorable mention on all three All- State teams. Stapleton earned his track letter in the spring of 1928 when he entered the state meet and placed 2nd in both the 100-yard dash and the high jump. He was offered a position with a professional baseball team but rejected it in favor of college athletics.
Following graduation he was employed by the State of Minnesota in various positions with the Dept. of Conservation and State Emergency Relief Administration until serving in the U.S. Signal Corp. during World War II. From 1945-52 he was owner and manager of the Gamble-Skogmo store in Springfield, Minn. He was then employed by Aerojet General Corp. in Sacramento, Calif., as assistant engineer in the Solid Rocket Dept. for 15 years before retiring in 1967.
Murph Stapleton died on December 24, 1978. He is survived by his wife Kathryn (Shoeman) '31.