Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame: Harry "Buddy" Melges Jr.

© Photographed August 14, 2016
Presented 2007 by the Friends of Family of Buddy Melges
Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43.042288, -87.916127
43° 2.55′ N, 87° 54.967′ W
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HARRY "BUDDY" MELGES JR.
Born January 26, 1930 in Elkhorn, WI, Harry "Buddy" Melges, Jr. is recognized as one of the most successful competitive sailors in history with dozens of National and International Championships in many different classes. Melges won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1972 and Bronze in 1964. He was a two-time Star World Champion (1978, 1979), a three-time 5.5 meter World Champion (1967, 1973, 1983), a five-time E-Scow National Champion (1965, 1969, 1978, 1979, 1983), a seven-time Skeeter Ice Boat World Champion (1955, 1957, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1981) and a three-time Yachtsman of the Year. To cap off his competitive career, he helped steer America to a successful defense of the Americas Cup in 1992.
Inducted 2007
The marker is located at the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, and is accessible from southbound North 4th Street, between West State Street (to the north) and West Kilbourn Avenue (to the south), at or near 400 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203.

Inductees honored at this site are members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame (established 1951). The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame is a joint property of Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation and Wisconsin Center District.

Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

Click here for an Alphabetical List of Inductees to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

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 The marker is located at the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.


The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is located at the
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. 

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is located on the east side
of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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