Tiger Basketball Greats Honored
On May 22, Don Henderson ’54 and Frank Shannon ’40 became the fourth and fifth former Tiger standouts to gain entry into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame & Museum. Henderson and Shannon joined 2009 inductee Eldon Miller ’62 and 2008 inductees Al Thrasher ’64 and Ray Mears, who coached the Tigers from 1956-62.
An all-state basketball player at Cadiz High School, Henderson taught and coached for 36 years in the Springfield City School District. That was after he earned eight letters in baseball, basketball and football at Wittenberg. A 1996 inductee into Wittenberg’s Athletics Hall of Honor, Henderson was elected to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991.
Shannon set Wittenberg’s men’s basketball scoring record while helping the Tigers to their first Ohio Athletic Conference championship in 1939. He also posted a two-year record of 14-4 as a baseball pitcher while appearing in every game the team played over a two-year period. Shannon went on to a long and successful high school and college basketball coaching career, highlighted by 214 wins in 21 years at Ohio Wesleyan.
Shannon was inducted into Wittenberg’s Athletics Hall of Honor in 1988.