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Lynn Adams Lynn Adams | Libertyville, Illinois
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 1997)

Lynn Adams won 325 of her 369 professional matches, for a .887 winning percentage. An eight-time player of the year (1982-88, 90), Adams won six pro tour season titles (1982-83, 85-88) and seven overall championships (1982-83, 85-88, 90). Even more impressive is Adams’ courageous fight against multiple sclerosis throughout her life and racquetball career.

Marty Hogan Marty Hogan | Chesterfield, Missouri
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 1997)

The sport’s first million dollar man, Hogan owned the men’s professional tour from 1977 to ‘82, with six national championship titles. In his early -- and later renewed -- amateur career Hogan garnered several top honors from the ‘75 Boy’s 18-and-under crown to the ‘94 Men’s 25-and-over national doubles championship. Over the course of his career Hogan's name became synonymous with the sport, he was tagged as the “King of Racquetball” and is credited with transforming the sport into the power game that it is today.

Chuck Leve Chuck Leve | Northbrook, Illinois
(Contributor, Inducted 1997)

An integral part of racquetball since 1969, Leve was the Executive Secretary of the International Racquetball Association (IRA) in ‘70. After following IRA President Robert Kendler, in 1973, to the newly formed National Racquetball Club (NRC), Leve privately felt that the amateur players had been left out. In 1976, he formed the United States Racquetball Association to service those players outside the professional ranks. In 1979, Leve joined the National Court Club Association, now known as the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Now the Director of Sales and Promotions for IHRSA, Leve continues to lend his support to the sport of racquetball.

Heather McKay Heather McKay | Brisbane, Australia
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 1997)

Heather McKay (Brisbane, Australia) had lost only two matches in two decades of international squash dominance before turning to the sport of racquetball in 1980, at the age of 39. McKay didn’t waste much time earning the title of best women’s racquetball player in the world, winning the pro national’s in 1980 and ‘81. She again won the coveted title in ‘84. Before returning to Australia in ‘85, the Canadian national amassed nine national titles and the ‘84 Steding Cup, given yearly by the women’s pro tour for outstanding contributions to women’s racquetball.

Dave Peck Dave Peck | Austin, Texas
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 1997)

Peck was awarded the professional tour’s Rookie of the Year trophy in 1978. In the year’s following, Peck established his place among the racquetball elite, winning the Ektelon National Championship in 1981 and ‘82. The powerful Texan also captured the Catalina National title and Player of the Year honors in ‘81. With a brilliant pro career under his belt, Peck continues to play competitively in the amateur ranks. In 1995, he captured both the national singles and doubles crowns for the Men’s 35-and-over age groups.

Mike Yellen Mike Yellen | West Bloomfield, Michigan
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 1997)

Mike Yellen made his mark on the men’s pro circuit in the same era as Hogan and Peck, claiming a spot as one of the most fundamentally sound and powerful players on the tour. His year was 1983, when he claimed three national championships in one season to take the #1 spot. In the process he defeated all of the top names: Hogan, Peck, Harnett, Gonzalez, Hilecher and anyone else who crossed his path. Like McKay, Yellen took important lessons from his second passion, squash, and applied them to a racquetball career which has served him well.