1920-1929

Christian M. Ravndal - 1920

Inducted - 1975

  • Played halfback on first football team after intercollegiate football was resumed in 1919
  • Leading ground gainer and also did the kicking for football team
  • Helped team win 12 of 14 games with other colleges in Iowa and Minnesota
  • Played center for basketball team
  • Played two years on tennis team
  • Won in both singles and doubles against rival Upper Iowa

Arne R. Sorlien, Sr. - 1921

Inducted - 1974

  • Was one of nine farm boys all of whom played baseball, six of them at Luther
  • Served his country in France during World War I
  • He and two younger brothers, Olvin "Salty" and Leon enrolled at Luther in 1914 and played together for seven years in the Preparatory Department (high school) and college
  • Won 10 letters in baseball, basketball and football
  • Usually struck out 15 or 16 batters each game
  • Turned down professional offers from Cardinals, White Sox and Tigers
  • Hard driving fullback and defensive back, he was a star and key man on the 1920 team (5-1-1) that stamped Luther as a football power
  • Youth work was his lifelong interest serving as a teacher and coach at Augustana Academy, Canton, South Dakota and his hometown of Bode, Iowa

Leon C. Sorlien - 1921

Inducted - 1976

  • Earned four letters in baseball and four in basketball
  • Served as captain of the basketball team his junior year
  • Played third base in a memorable game in 1915, a game which featured the nine Sorlien brothers
  • During his last three years of competition Luther lost only seven baseball games
  • Director of choral and instrumental music for 38 years, principally in Fargo, North Dakota

Roy O. Storvick - 1921

Inducted - 1976

  • Captained the 1920 football team
  • Outstanding offensive and defensive tackle
  • Led Luther to 13-10 victory over undefeated University of Dubuque in 1920
  • Member of basketball and baseball teams
  • Earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State and served as associate professor of Dairy Science
  • General manager of Northern Cooperatives of Wadena, Minn. from 1944 until retirement
  • Luther Board of regents from 1944-56

Syver Olvin Sorlien - 1922

Inducted - 1977

  • Four-year letterman as a catcher on baseball team
  • Also lettered in basketball
  • Was quarterback and end on fabulous 1920 football team
  • Was captain in both baseball and football
  • Caught in memorable baseball game in 1915 featuring nine Sorlein brothers versus Luther
  • Coached and taught high school
  • Parish pastor for 39 years
  • Navy chaplain in WWII

Edward S. Hovden - 1923

Inducted - 1974

  • Won nine letters competing in baseball, basketball, and football
  • Known as one of Luther's all-time pitching greats
  • As a junior in 1922 he averaged 16.5 strikeouts in six complete games
  • Twice this same year he sent 19 batters back to the bench because "they couldn't see'em"
  • As a senior he won eight games and tied one with a strikeout average of 12 per game
  • That same year, sharing the pitching duties with Ossie Orwell, Luther defeated Iowa State Teachers 15-0, pitching the first no-hit, no-run game on Luther's diamond since 1909
  • Summer after his graduation he had a 31-win season for Eldora, Iowa
  • Taught and coached in high school before becoming an enterprising farmer on the ancestral farm in Ridgeway, Iowa

Edgar N. Nordgaard, Sr. - 1923

Inducted - 1978

  • Four-year letter winner in football and team captain his senior year
  • Three-year letter winner as forward in basketball
  • Two-year letter winner in the mile and two-mile events in track
  • Key member of the 1920 championship football team
  • M.A. degree in education from University of Minnesota, 1942
  • Retired after 42 years coaching, teaching and as an administrator at Glenwood, Minn.

Oswald C. "Ossie" Orwell - 1925

Inducted - 1974

  • Earned a total of 14 letters at Luther playing four years of basketball and baseball and three years in football and track
  • Four-sport letter winner as a freshman
  • Became a legend on the baseball field as a pitcher, first baseman, outfielder and hitter
  • His great pitching, hitting and all-around play, were a major factor during Luther's 22 wins without a loss from the middle of his freshman year in 1922, to midway in his junior year in 1924.
  • Had a career record of 25-7 and as a senior pitched two no-hitters
  • Played professional baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association
  • In 1928 the Philadelphia Athletics purchased his contract and he posted victories over the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
  • He also played with Portland, Minneapolis and Des Moines, following his major league years

Erling S. Byrkeland - 1926

Inducted - 1976

  • Earned nine letters in football, basketball and baseball
  • First-team catcher for four years during which Luther had a record of 39 wins, 8 losses, and 3 ties
  • Served as team captain his senior year
  • Handled 89 chances without error that same year
  • Batted clean-up and was noted for hitting the long ball
  • Taught and coached in Iowa and South Dakota
  • Later farmed and was Register of Deeds of Yankton County, South Dakota

William "Bill" Olson - 1926

Inducted - 1976

  • Played football, basketball and tennis
  • Member of conference championship tennis team as a junior and senior
  • Captain and top scorer on the basketball team his senior year
  • Scored on dropkicks of 45 and 47 yards in 20-0 win over La Crosse
  • During four years scored 18 times drop kicking the football
  • His professional career spanned 44 years teaching and coaching, of which 34 were at Shorewood High School in Milwaukee
  • His football teams had an unbeaten string of 39 games
  • Led his basketball team to the Wisconsin State Championship in 1942

Johannes N. "Nick" Otte - 1926

Inducted - 1978

  • Four-year letter winner in football, basketball, and track
  • Named to the Iowa All-State second team in 1925 as a punter and quarterback
  • Served as Captain of track team
  • Spent 49 years in the ministry as a pastor and missionary, 29 as a third generation Otte missionary to the Zulu people in his native Zululand

Clifford O. Olson - 1927

Inducted - 1974

  • Letter winner in football, basketball and track
  • Regular on the football team for four years playing halfback and fullback
  • All-conference fullback as a senior
  • Athletic Director and Coach at Spokane College, 1928-29
  • Athletic Director and Coach at Pacific Lutheran University, 1929-194 and is referred to as the "Father of PLU sports"

Leonard A. "Lefty" Olson - 1927

Inducted - 1977

  • Four-year letter winner in both football and basketball
  • Served as captain of the basketball team
  • One of seven Olson regulars on 1926 football team
  • M.S. in physical education, University of Wisconsin, 1954
  • Taught and coached at Waldorf College and Augustana College, Sioux Falls
  • Built Augustana into football and athletic power
  • Charter member of North Central Conference Hall of Fame
  • Charter member, Augustana Hall of Fame
  • Member South Dakota Coaches Hall of Fame

George B. Kjome - 1929

Inducted - 1987

  • Earned letters in football and track and field
  • Established school records in 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard low hurdles
  • Member of record setting half-mile and mile-relay teams
  • Coached 12 Iowa state championship cross country teams
  • Elected to Iowa Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1973
  • Received Coaches Achievement Award from Iowa High School Athletic Association in 1968

Richard "Dick" Lybeck - 1929

Inducted - 1976

  • Four year starter on the football team at end or tackle
  • Named most valuable player by teammates as a senior
  • All-conference tackle and honorable mention All-State selection as a senior
  • Served as Luther's line coach for 1930 football team
  • M.A. from Northwestern University
  • Coached and taught at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Illinois for 16 years
  • Also served 22 years as Principal at Independence, Iowa

Art Olson - 1929

Inducted - 1979

  • Three-year letter winner in football
  • Served as captain his senior year
  • His dynamic leadership led the Norsemen to a record of six wins during the 1928 season, moving them from the cellar to second place in the Iowa Conference
  • Two-year letter winner in basketball
  • Served as teacher, coach and superintendent of schools in Wall Lake, Iowa
  • In 1972 retired from private business in Glenwood, Minn.

Ernest W. Olson - 1929

Inducted - 1979

  • Four-year letter winner in baseball and was a star shortstop
  • Selected captain of 1929 Iowa Conference championship team
  • Voted Luther's MVP
  • Was also a letter winner in football as a halfback and forward on the basketball team
  • Played professionally after graduation. Player and manager in the Northern League and the Quebec Provincial League. Completed his career with Montreal and Buffalo of the International League.
  • Served in U.S. Army 1942-45 and played on the championship battalion baseball team at Camp Barkley, Texas.

Melvin N. Tatley - 1929

Inducted - 1984

  • Four-year letter winner in track who served as captain as a junior and senior
  • Never lost a mile run in dual meet competition
  • Lowered the Luther College mile record almost every time he ran
  • Attended Luther Theological Seminary
  • Taught English at a Mission School in Lebanon from 1931-34
  • For 35 years he served a number of Midwestern pastorates
  • In 1979 at the age of 73, bicycled from Northfield, Minn. to Decorah for Luther Homecoming