Year Inducted: 2007
Dick Turner began his interscholastic athletic career at Washington Junior High School (grades 7-9). Dick lettered 3 times each in football, basketball, baseball and track. The 9th grade teams were undefeated in football and basketball.
Upon moving to Port Huron High School (grades 10-12) Dick again achieved 3 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. In an October 1955 newspaper article Times Herald Editor Fred Vincent praised Dick Turner, “as one of the finest fullbacks ever to play for Port Huron”. Dick earned the Harry Smith Award as the most outstanding football player for PHHS in 1955. In basketball, Dick was a 3 year starter at the center position. In baseball Dick was a pitcher / 1st baseman throwing several “no hitters”. Newspaper articles of the era referred to Dick as a “fireballer”. During his time at PHHS, Dick had the good fortune to be coached by legionary people such as Bob Hayes, Reed Laughlin, Brick Fowler and John Heering.
At Central Michigan University Dick was a 3 year starter in football and baseball. In football Dick moved to the offensive guard position where he excelled. In baseball he was a front line pitcher and drew some interest from Major League Baseball.
After college Dick participated in many local tennis events, usually with Don Capps in doubles and won several championships and finalist awards.
There is no doubt that Dick excelled in every athletic endeavor in which he participated.