Former three-sport star Ed Anderson and the 1974-75 Grizzly men's basketball team will be the 2010 inductees to the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame, Montana Director of Athletics Jim O'Day announced Thursday.
The date of the induction banquet will be announced at a later time.
Anderson becomes the 48th individual admitted to the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame, which began with its first class of inductees in 1993.
The 1974-75 men's basketball team will be the fourth team to be inducted. The 1995 national championship football team was inducted in 1995. The 1969 and '70 football teams were inducted last October.
Potential inductees to the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame are voted upon annually by the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame Committee, which is headed by O'Day.
"With so many outstanding former athletes and teams deserving of consideration, the Hall of Fame Committee had another tough task this year," O'Day said. "In the end I think they made some excellent decisions. This year's class of inductees is going to make a great addition to the Hall of Fame."
Coming out of Missoula County High, Anderson earned nine letters in football, basketball and baseball while competing for the Grizzlies in the early 1950s. He is the only Montana athlete to earn first-team All-Skyline Conference honors as a football, basketball and baseball player.
Anderson earned letters in football in 1951-53 while playing under coaches Ted Shipkey and Ed Chinske.
A guard on the Grizzly basketball team, Anderson lettered in 1951-52, 1952-53 and 1953-54. He finished as one of the team's top two scorers in each of the seasons he lettered and was named team MVP and the Skyline Conference Player of the Year as a senior.
Anderson was elected to the (now defunct) Grizzly Basketball Hall of Fame in 1957.
In arguably his best sport, Anderson played catcher for the Grizzly baseball team. He batted a team-high .423 in 1953 and .385 in 1954 and was a second-team all-America selection.
Anderson, who was awarded the 1954 Grizzly Cup, would go on to sign a pro contract with the New York Yankees and spend four years in the team's minor league system.
With a run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, the 1974-75 men's basketball team has been credited with sparking the emergence of the Montana basketball program.
Under fourth-year coach Jud Heathcote, the Grizzlies went 21-8 overall and won the program's first Big Sky Conference regular-season title, going 13-1 to win the Big Sky by four games.
After closing out the regular season with nine wins in its last 10 games, Montana opened the 32-team 1975 NCAA tournament, its first-ever tournament appearance, with a 69-63 victory over Utah State in Pullman, Wash.
In a regional semifinal game in Portland, Ore., against UCLA, which had won seven of the previous eight national championships, the Grizzlies narrowly fell, 67-64. The Bruins would go on to win coach John Wooden's 10th national championship 11 days later with a title-game victory over Kentucky.
Forward Eric Hays, who scored a game-high 32 points against the Bruins, was named to the five-player All-West Region team.
Hays, a forward, and center Ken McKenzie were named first-team All-Big Sky Conference and honorable mention all-Americans. Guards Tom Peck and Micheal Ray Richardson, then a freshman, and forward Larry Medley were named honorable mention All-Big Sky.
Montana has gone to seven more NCAA tournaments since the 1974-75 team's inaugural trip.
"I've always felt like I have a close, personal association with the 1974-75 men's basketball team, because it was a result of that team's success in the NCAA tournament that I first considered and eventually decided to attend the University of Montana," O'Day, a native of Cut Bank, said.
"The Grizzlies almost pulled off an improbable upset of the powerful UCLA Bruins, who would go on to another national championship in what would be John Wooden's final year of coaching."