Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dennis Anderson, Linfield Athletics’ Hall of Fame member: Discovered Linfield football’s famous 'Streak'

Dennis Anderson, whose research discovered Linfield’s famous football season winning “Streak,” was among those in the “Class of 2016” enshrined in the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame on the evening of 11/12/2016 (19th annual banquet).

It was during Anderson's many years of volunteer service to Linfield Athletics that his research led to discovering the “Streak.”

Selected for enshrinement in 2002 (5th annual banquet) and 2006 (9thannual banquet), Anderson, a McMinnville residents who lived and worked as a journalist many years in Hawaii, turned down the opportunities. But, some 10 years later from the latter, he agreed.

Wildcatville photos and video here from enshrinement event held in the Linfield Athletics/P.E. building located near the Coach Paul Durham statue/monument on Linfield’s McMinnville campus.

Included in the video is a scan of the page from the 2016 Hall of Fame printed program about Dennis and photos taken by Wildcatville on 11/4/2016.


Information about Dennis Anderson:

--Sept. 27, 2001, Los Angeles Times

A Small College With a Mean Streak

--June 22, 2008, Wildcatville

Dennis Anderson's research discovered 'The Streak'

--August 18, 2015, Wildcatville
Linfielder Dennis Anderson quoted in book about SF 49ers

-Dennis Anderson ’58, was chosen for meritorious service. Anderson volunteered for many years as an administrative assistant for the football program during the 1980s and ’90s. Anderson’s research led to the discovery of Linfield’s renowned streak of consecutive winning seasons.

--Dennis Anderson, Meritorious Service

--Commended during 2001 Hall of Fame banquet
During the 2001 “Hall of Fame” banquet, “Dennis Anderson received special appreciation from President Vivian A. Bull during her welcome address, recognizing Anderson's extraordinary devotion to the athletic department. Anderson volunteers countless hours each fall to help organize the banquet and assist athletic department members in many other ways.”

--Oct. 20, 2015, Wildcatville
N-R story of 10/20/2015 about 'The Streak' at 60
Longtime sports journalist and former Linfield football player Dennis Anderson must, now and forever, be credited as the progenitor of the streak becoming The Streak. It was Anderson’s research in the 1980s, after all, that established that Harvard had posted 42 consecutive winning seasons between 1881 and 1923 and Notre Dame had repeated the feat from 1889 to 1931.

“What he ended up doing was saving all of his vacation days, coming over (from Hawaii, where he lived and worked,) and donating his time to me to work with our football program,” said former Linfield coach Ad Rutschman, who is responsible for 24 of those 60 winning seasons. “He would save up enough time to where he could be here for the majority of our football season.”

Congratulations, Dennis!